Nov 8 2008

Now Updated Daily: 2008-2009 Play-By-Play Data

Play-by-play data for the 2008-2009 regular season is now available and will be updated on a daily basis. For more details, visit the data page. To go straight to the data where you can download a ZIP archive or data from an individual game, visit the 2008-2009 download page.

The Format

This data is in a CSV format like the data I released for the 2007-2008 regular season, which means it has on-court player information as well as shot location information.

There are two reasons for this CSV format. First, I want to make parsing the data as easy as possible so that the number of people capable of doing basketball research will grow. Which means the number of people interested in play-by-data will grow. Hopefully this means the number of people interested in squeezing the last rusty nugget from box score data will diminish.

Also, this CSV format is used to encourage people like you to track data. If you have an interest in keeping track of a stat you can’t get anywhere else, then simply add a new column to the CSV and track it. If you’d like to share your data, please contact me by e-mail:

Missing Data

There will be some missing games due to data problems that do not allow me to aggregate the data in the CSV format I want publish. Therefore, vist if you are in need of a more complete archive.

2 Comments on this post


  1. stevieweevie said:

    Do you have any plans to update the play by play data for 2009? The lineup+shooting location is a really great resource for study.

    January 17th, 2009 at 10:52 am
  2. Ryan said:

    Yeah, when the new year came a parsing issue was introduced. I hope to fix it within the next couple of weeks.

    January 17th, 2009 at 11:00 am

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