Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11
Downloadable sample chapters
Introduction by Bradford Doolittle and Kevin Pelton
Chicago Bulls team chapter
Golden State Warriors player comments
About the Book
After a successful debut that was called "insistently readable" and "consistently eye-opening" by FreeDarko, the Pro Basketball Prospectus series returns for 2010-11. Basketball Prospectus has been at the cutting edge of the NBA's statistical revolution, exploring how teams win and why as well as integrating plenty of old-fashioned tape and first-hand observation to analyze players and teams.
Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 features:
- Essays on all 30 teams
- Five-year team trend tables
- Info-packed tables on every player who saw NBA action in 2009-10 or who can be expected to be seen in the upcoming season, including their advanced stats for the last three seasons, their skill ratings and their contract status
- Commentary on every player
- Team and player contract information and salary-cap analysis
- The results of Kevin Pelton's dynamic SCHOENE projection system, both for players and teams
- Insight from blog authors on their teams
- A special section for fantasy leaguers, including an essay on top picks and best values based on our unique player-rating system that utilizes SCHOENE's projections
- Feature essays, including an analysis of the level of play in the world's top leagues outside the NBA.
"Anyone who reads what Brad and Kevin have put together cannot help but come out a smarter fan on the other end. Basically, if you consider yourself a basketball fan and you are not reading this book, then you ought to turn in your serious fan credentials."
- Daryl Morey, general manager, Houston Rockets
"This is partly a reference book, but every NBA fan should sit down with this book before the season and read it cover to cover, like a novel. It's a story of my team, your team, everybody's team, and, no matter how much basketball you watch, will make you look at the game in a way you never have before."
- Will Leitch, contributing editor, New York Magazine; founder, Deadspin; author of God Save the Fan
"Basketball Prospectus is using a lot of the best statistical knowledge on basketball to paint pictures of how NBA teams are evolving--who they were in 2009-10 and who they are becoming in the future."
- Dean Oliver, director of quantitative analysis, Denver Nuggets; author of Basketball on Paper
"One of the beautiful parts of NBA basketball is that there's so much more going on than meets the eye. Well, here's all the stuff you can't see--the in-depth statistics, the breakdown of individual players, the reasons why the best teams win in the fourth quarter. Want to know who is the next star, who belongs on the bench, which teams are ready to step up and fall off? This is the place. People say baseball is a sport of statistics, but the Prospectus shows once again that it isn't the sport, it's the analysis that counts."
- Joe Posnanski, senior writer, Sports Illustrated; author of The Soul of Baseball and The Machine
Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11
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Oct 26 - AOL Fanhouse's daily "The Works" column features two friends of BBP, Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller. Yesterday, Shoals took on Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11.
Stats are only part of the story here, and each team is treated as just that: a past that can be poked, prodded, and recalled, and a future that stats can help bring into focus. You can read Pro Basketball Prospectus cover-to-cover without even glancing at the numbers, and still come away refreshed and ready for 2010-11. Or, if you want to be one of the smartest guys in the room, someone whose opinions about the game aren't based solely on conventional wisdom and human fallibility, you can take a crash course in the numbers. They aren't there to contradict or limit your love of the game; if anything, the added clarity, and new pockets of detail, will give you that much more to talk about.
Pro Basketball Prospectus can tell you that someone like Shane Battier is a valuable contributor. That's the drab part, and the image that the stats revolution really doesn't deserve. Bringing to light what an underrated defender Brandon Jennings is? If you saw that coming, well, congratulations. Sometimes, I think that not even the author of PBP did.
In a fun coincidence, the book co-written by Shoals, Ziller and the rest of the FreeDarko team--FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History--was officially released today. I'm working my way through a review copy, but it's already clear that this book is going to join The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac as a must-have for NBA fans. Conveniently, Amazon.com suggests bundling them with PBP 10-11.
Oct 13 - Have you been waiting to take advantage of Amazon.com's cheap, fast shipping? Wait no more, as Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 is now available at Amazon.com. Buy two copies, get fast free shipping, and give the extra to your favourite basketball fan. Please do rate and review the book there if you are able.
Oct 9 - The Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 paperback is now available from Createspace. The book should be available on Amazon.com in a few days.
Oct 6 - We've posted version 2 of the Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 PDF, with some minor typo fixes. If you've purchased the PDF, you can get the most up-to-date version at any time by visiting your manage profile page at Baseball Prospectus. As always, all updates are free for purchasers. To report a typo or send us question or comment, please email email@example.com. Thanks again for your support.
Oct 4 - We're proud to announce the release of Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 in .PDF format, available now via download for $9.98. Click here for much more information and sample chapters from this year's annual. If you'd rather wait for the print edition, we anticipate it being available via CreateSpace.com next week and on Amazon.com later this month.If you have any questions about purchasing, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org