Box Score Data

Box score data is a structured summary of the results from a sports competition. The box score lists the game score as well as individual and team achievements in the game.

For the NBA, 1986-87 season is the earliest season available with complete box score stats.

Need Box Score Datasets in Excel?
Access to historical box score stats for NBA, NFL, MLB and WNBA that are exportable to Excel.

In basketball, we need to account for intangible things such as setting the pick, making the right pass, positioning in the corner to spread the floor, clearing space by moving down the lane and etc. These kind of data are not available in the box scores, that’s why it’s often been misleading. Metrics derived from play-by-play (PBP) data, not 100% perfect though, might help more than box score stats.


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