Naked Statistics

Stripping the Dread from the Data Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that …

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Mathletics reveals the mathematical methods top coaches and managers use to evaluate players and improve team performance and gives math enthusiasts the practical skills they need to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of their favorite sports―and maybe even gain the outside edge to winning bets. This second edition features new data, new players and teams, and new chapters on soccer, …

Basketball on Paper

journey “inside the numbers” for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesn’t diagram plays or explain how players get in shape but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance. Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when they’re winning or …

Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling

Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Microsoft Excel 2016, and transform data into bottom-line results. Written by award-winning educator Wayne Winston, this hands-on, scenario-focused guide helps you use Excel’s newest tools to ask the right questions and get accurate, actionable answers. This edition adds 150+ new problems with solutions, plus a chapter of basic spreadsheet models to make sure …


Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only “the single most influential baseball book ever” (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what “may be the best book ever written on business” (Weekly Standard). …


The 1985-86 Boston Celtics or the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls who wins? Wilt Chamberlain going against Shaquille O’Neal. Who outscores who?

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Analytic Methods in Sports: Using Mathematics and Statistics

One of the greatest changes in the sports world in the past 20 years has been the use of mathematical methods to analyze performances, recognize trends and patterns, and predict results. Analytic Methods in Sports: Using Mathematics and Statistics to Understand Data from Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports provides a concise yet thorough introduction to the analytic and statistical …

Massey Ratings

Power rankings with the strength of schedule for games played so far and for all season.

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Sports Data Mining

While an industry has developed based on statistical analysis services for any given sport, or even for betting behavior analysis on these sports, no research-level book has considered the subject in any detail until now.

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Analytics at Work

Most companies have massive amounts of data at their disposal, yet fail to utilize it in any meaningful way. But a powerful new business tool – analytics – is enabling many firms to aggressively leverage their data in key business decisions and processes, with impressive results.

Player Tracking

Video tracking data with SportVU technology that tracks the movements of every player on the court and the basketball 25 times per second.

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Data Science for Business

What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking. The book offers: Fundamental principles of data science, and walks you through the “data-analytic thinking” necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the data you collect. This guide also helps you understand the many data-mining techniques in use today.

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The Book

Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it’s a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the inside the game.

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Signal and The Noise

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger all by the time he was thirty. The New York Times now publishes, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters.

Basketball Analytics: Spatial Tracking

Equipped with new spatial tracking data collected by SportVU and others, Basketball Analytics investigates game strategy, player evaluation, player types, and prospect potential. Author Stephen Shea, Ph.D. introduces new measures of a player’s scoring and playmaking efficiency, quantifies the spacing in an offense and the stretch of defense, and demonstrates several ways in which the NBA game has changed over …

Trade Machine

Wanna make a deal? Trade Machine will let you know if your trade works based on the NBA’s trade rules!

Stats Sources

Count The Basket’s categorized links to stats sources. Page not updated since 2007, but still covers quality links.

APBRmetrics Forum

Official community of data geeks. Many of the forum members have joined NBA teams.

82 Games

Innovative, first of its kind NBA stats and analysis. Rarely gets updated but one of the oldest -and still alive- sources.

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The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

There is one thing about gambling that everyone knows: the house always wins. Indeed, for the past 500 years, gamblers led by mathematicians and scientists have been trying to figure out how to turn the tables on the house and pull the rug out from under Lady Luck. In The Perfect Bet, mathematician and award-winning writer Adam Kucharski tells the …