Introducing NBA WOWY!

I’ll make this short and sweet. As some of you know, I’ve spent the last few months moving my codebase over to a new database framework. After finishing that I decided that there was so much good stuff in there, that I needed to make some of it public. NBA WOWY! ( — pronounced Wow-ee! — is the result.

The basic idea is that it lets you select any combination of players on or off the court and calculate the stats for all the other players. Right now, it’s only got a few basic shooting stats, but much more is to come.

Update (Apr. 6): Ok, a few months later now, and here’s a couple more recent screenshots:

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Update (Jan. 6): The site now has a much fuller suite of stats, including turnovers, assists, and rebounding. More to come…

Updated screen shot.
Updated screen shot.

Think of this as the “beta” version, and you can be my very first beta testers.

Let me know what you think. My e-mail address is given at the bottom of the site. I’m interested to know what features you’d like to see added, in terms of both data and usability. Also, if you find bugs, please let me know.

Here’s a quick tutorial. Let’s say I want to know what the Warriors shoot when David Lee is on the court. I simply select Warriors from the team menu:

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Then I select David Lee from the “ON” menu in the green box and hit the “+” button to add him to the list (which is empty at first):

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Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 11.32.34 AMAfter adding Lee, I click on the “Submit” button to run the query:

Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 11.34.24 AMThen I just wait for the results (which should hopefully not take more than a few seconds to calculate):

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To re-run a new (different) query with a different filter, simply clear the list of players or add new ones or both. You can search literally any combination of players on or off the court. That’s the whole point!

Anyway, that’s pretty much all there is to it. Have fun and keep watching the site as I will periodically rollout updates.

9 thoughts on “Introducing NBA WOWY!”

  1. A way to compare with overall stats would be great. Like if it spit out everyone’s stats with Steph Curry on the floor and below that with him off the floor.

    1. @JakeNichols Right now, because you can do any arbitrary combination that doesn’t make much sense. But if you want to do that, just run the query without any filter and do the comparison manually. Hey, it’s better than nothing right?
      I have an idea about letting the user chain together multiple queries for comparison, so eventually you’ll be able to do this automagically. That may take a bit of time, though.

  2. Really cool.
    Outside of nitpicking about various UI tweaks that would be anything but trivial, is there anyway you can get each players minutes played for the given query? That would be incredibly useful.

      1. @thecity2@plarson01Possessions will do just fine for my original concern (Getting an idea of sample size). They also will allow for calculating a change in usage.
        Minutes would still be nice, especially with possessions, to see how the game’s pace changes with certain players on/off.

  3. Pretty cool site for a beta model, but I wanted to know…will you eventually be putting up assist to turnover ratio for on and off-court units? and overall assist numbers?

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