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What is Stathead Basketball?

Stathead includes the most comprehensive set of basketball research tools available to the public. Make customized searches through all statistics in NBA history, with player/team season and game stats going all the way back to the establishment of the BAA in 1946. More granular shot, play-by-play, lineup and quarterly statistics are available since 1996. 

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NBA & ABA Player Tools

Player Game, Season, Streak, Span, Head 2 Head, Comparison, and Quarter Finders.

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NBA & ABA Team Tools

Use our comprehensive Team Season, Game, Streak, Score and Rivalry Finders.

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Play-by-Play Tools

Event, Lineup, Shot and Plus/Minus Finders make up Stathead Basketball's Advanced Play-By-Play tools.

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Draft Tools

Search through NBA drafts spanning from 1947 to today for draft picks that match your criteria.

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WNBA Tools

Use our Player Game, Season and Comparison Finders to dive deep into the WNBA.

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Searches To Get You Started

Shot Finder

What was Chris Paul’s clutch shooting percentage?

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Use the Shot Finder to see that Chris Paul shot a .482 eFG% in clutch situations during his time in the NBA.

Team Season Finder

Who was the best shooting team of all-time?

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Use the Team Season Finder to see that the 2020-21 Nets’s .575 eFG% was the best in NBA history.

Team Game Finder

Who was better: LeBron James or Michael Jordan?

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Use the Player Comparison Finder to see LeBron and MJ’s stats side-by-side to decide who is the GOAT.

Player Game Finder

How many players before Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points and 10 rebounds in an NBA Finals game? 

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The Player Game Finder will show that G. Antetokounmpo was the fourth player, and the first since Rick Barry in 1967, to have 50 points and 10 rebounds in a Finals game. 

Player Season Finder

Who was the last player before Luka Doncic to average 26 points per game in their first four NBA seasons?

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Use the Player Season Finder to see that before Luka Doncic, the last player to average 26 points per game in his first four seasons in the NBA was LeBron James.

Player Game Finder

How many times did the WBNA player Diana Taurasi have a 30 point game in any of her WNBA playoff games?

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Use the WNBA Player Game Finder to learn that the one and only Diana Taurasi had eight 30-point playoff games, the most of any player in WNBA history.  

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have any other tips and tricks?

What makes Stathead such a powerful research tool is the depth and breadth of our databases, combined with the endless combinations of filters and search criteria at your fingertips. While some searches are straightforward, there's also many "hidden" tricks you can use to get the answer to questions that might seem unanswerable at first glance. Here's a few of our favorites to get you started. Check back frequently as we continue to add to this page.


Postseason Searches

In addition to the filters available for regular season games, there are several special filters and search tools available for playoff games. 

Player Single-Season and Career Stats

Using the Player Season Finder, you can select "Playoffs" in the Game Type filter, and then create your own custom playoff stats leaderboards. Did you know that only two players in NBA history have scored at least 5,000 points and grabbed at least 2,500 rebounds in the playoffs?  The answer: Shaq and Tim Duncan.


Team and Player Game/Series Stats

Using the Team Game Finder, you can filter by Playoff Round, Playoff Seed, Type of Series (best of 1, 3, 5, 7) and Game Number in the Series. Did you know that (entering the 2021 playoffs) only one team seeded 6th or worse has won the NBA Finals? The answer: 1995 Rockets, who were seeded sixth.

Using the Player Game Finder, you can filter by Playoff Round and Game Number in the Series. Did you know that only one player has scored at least 50 points and had 10 assists in a NBA Finals game? The answer: Jerry West in 1969.

Can you explain basketball advanced stats?

Below are some advanced basketball stats that are searchable with the player and team Stathead tools. If you have any questions about other stat abbreviations or definitions you can't find here, check out our Glossary page at Basketball-Reference or feel free to Contact Us anytime.


BPM - Box Plus/Minus (available since the 1973-74 season in the NBA); a box score estimate of the points per 100 possessions that a player contributed above a league-average player, translated to an average team. Please see the article About Box Plus/Minus (BPM) for more information.

DRtg - Defensive Rating (available since the 1973-74 season in the NBA); for players and teams it is points allowed per 100 posessions. This rating was developed by Dean Oliver, author of Basketball on Paper. Please see the article Calculating Individual Offensive and Defensive Ratings for more information.

DWS - Defensive Win Shares; please see the article Calculating Win Shares for more information.

eFG% - Effective Field Goal Percentage; the formula is (FG + 0.5 * 3P) / FGA. This statistic adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal. For example, suppose Player A goes 4 for 10 with 2 threes, while Player B goes 5 for 10 with 0 threes. Each player would have 10 points from field goals, and thus would have the same effective field goal percentage (50%).

GmSc - Game Score; the formula is PTS + 0.4 * FG - 0.7 * FGA - 0.4*(FTA - FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK - 0.4 * PF - TOV. Game Score was created by John Hollinger to give a rough measure of a player's productivity for a single game. The scale is similar to that of points scored, (40 is an outstanding performance, 10 is an average performance, etc.).

ORtg - Offensive Rating (available since the 1977-78 season in the NBA); for players it is points produced per 100 posessions, while for teams it is points scored per 100 possessions. This rating was developed by Dean Oliver, author of Basketball on Paper. Please see the article Calculating Individual Offensive and Defensive Ratings for more information.

OWS - Offensive Win Shares; please see the article Calculating Win Shares for more information.

PACE - Pace Factor (available since the 1973-74 season in the NBA); the formula is 48 * ((Tm Poss + Opp Poss) / (2 * (Tm MP / 5))). Pace factor is an estimate of the number of possessions per 48 minutes by a team.

PER - Player Efficiency Rating (available since the 1951-52 season); PER is a rating developed by ESPN.com columnist John Hollinger. In John's words, "The PER sums up all a player's positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player's performance." Please see the article Calculating PER for more information.

SRS - Simple Rating System; a rating that takes into account average point differential and strength of schedule. The rating is denominated in points above/below average, where zero is average. My colleague Doug Drinen of Pro-Football-Reference.com has written a great explanation of this method.

TS% - True Shooting Percentage; the formula is PTS / (2 * TSA). True shooting percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.

USG% - Usage Percentage (available since the 1977-78 season in the NBA); the formula is 100 * ((FGA + 0.44 * FTA + TOV) * (Tm MP / 5)) / (MP * (Tm FGA + 0.44 * Tm FTA + Tm TOV)). Usage percentage is an estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor.

WS - Win Shares; an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player. Please see the article Calculating Win Shares for more information.

Can I download the data? If so, how?

We make it easy to download/export the data from all the stats tables on our Reference.com sites and the query results tables from Stathead searches. Here's a quick explainer on how to do it:

  • Click on the Export Data link just above the stats and next to the table header (javascript required)
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  • Choose Get as Excel Workbook (this will automatically download the data table directly to an Excel spreadsheet) 
            OR
  • Choose Get table as CSV (this will convert the table to comma-separated values so you can copy/paste into any spreadsheet program)
PLEASE READ: Currently you are only able to download the results from one page at a time into a single spreadsheet. To view and download more pages of results, click the "Next Page" link at the bottom of the table. 

If you'd like to purchase a custom download of our stats, please see our Data Use Policy for more information.
Can I share my searches with friends?

We know you want to impress your friends with all the amazing sports knowledge you've gained since getting a Stathead subscription ... so that's why we make it easy to share the results from any Stathead query.

To quickly share any page from a Stathead search query, simply click the purple button "Share Results" at the top of the table:

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You'll then get a popup on your screen with a tinyURL for sharing:

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Click the "Copy to clipboard" link and then paste the URL into a tweet, text message, Instagram post or whatever form of electronic communication you prefer. And let the trash-talking begin!


We also offer the ability to generate CUSTOMIZABLE tables with a variety of output options such as HTML, a shareable link, reddit-specific markup, an iframe, a js widget, and more.

  • Click on the "Export Data" link just above the stats and next to the table header (javascript required):

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  • Click the red link labeled "Modify, Export & Share Table"

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  • A sharing toolbox appears and buttons to delete columns and rows appear allowing you to pare the data down to just want you want.
  • Please note that any sorting should occur before you delete rows or columns.
  • Next select the output option from html, to iframes, to pre-formatted (good for most internet forums) and more

If we don't have the format you want, please contact us.

You are free to use this data anywhere, we would just ask that you include the citation at the bottom of the table as a courtesy to us for providing this service. Please see our Terms of Service and Data Use Policy for more details.

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