API interface for stats.nba.com
A Python Package for easily acquiring NBA Data for analysis
What is py-Goldsberry?
py-Goldsberry is designed to give the user easy access to data available from stats.nba.com in a form that facilitates innovative analysis. With a few simple commands, you can have access to virtually any data available on the site in an easy to analyze format. In fact, some of the data is in a less summarize form giving you the opportunity to work with the most raw data possible when you are attempting to answer questions that interest you.
Why was it built?
I attended the 2015 Sloan Sports Analytics conference and had the fortunate opportunity to listen to Kirk Goldsberry address the crowd regarding the state of analytics in sports (You can watch the talk here). One of the questions he addressed at the end was related to the availability of data (or lack thereof in some instances). Basically, he concluded that the lack of availability of some of the newest data is actually hindering the progression of analytics in sports. Innovation is now restricted to those with access to data instead of to the entire community of interested parties. I wrote (am writing) this package in an attempt to help address this issue in whatever small way I can.
This package is a work in progress. As the NBA continues to make more data available, I will do my best to update py-Goldsberry to reflect these additions. Currently, there is almost a cumbersome amount of data available from the NBA so dealing with what is there is a bit of a challenge.
To get started with py-Goldsberry, you need to install and load the package. From your terminal, run the following command:
pip install py-goldsberry
Once you have the package installed, you can load it into a Python session with the following command:
import goldsberry import pandas as pd
The package is designed to work with pandas in that the output of each API call to the NBA website it returned in a format that is easily converted into a pandas dataframe.
Getting a List of Players
One of the key variables necessary to fully utilize py-Goldsberry is playerid. This is the unique id number assigned to each player by the NBA. py-Goldsberry has a top-level function PlayerList() built-in to give you quick access to a list of players and numbers. When you run the function, you should specify the year of the season from which you want the list of available players.
playersCurrent = pd.DataFrame(goldsberry.PlayerList(2014)) playersCurrent.head()
If you want a list of every player in the history of the NBA, you can pass the AllTime=True argument:
playersAllTime = pd.DataFrame(goldsberry.PlayerList(AllTime=True)) playersAllTime.head()
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