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Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:44 am
by vivtalla
I've been searching the web for free NBA play by play data - preferably formatted as a CSV or excel file - to do some NBA analysis, but have been unsuccessful finding what I'm looking for.

Does anybody know where I could go to find this data/have any tips on how to go about finding this data?

For a general idea of what I'm looking for, I found something similar at this URL - https://www.bigdataball.com/nba-histori ... n=glossary. The only problem is the data here is rather pricey.

Thanks in advance!

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:45 pm
by DSMok1
This should have most of what you need: https://github.com/ethanluoyc/statsnba-playbyplay

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:00 pm
by vivtalla
Ok I'll definitely try it out. Thanks so much!

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:55 pm
by Rd11490
You should be able to find anything you need here.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19WhE2 ... fooejMTwNo

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:28 pm
by vivtalla
Wow this is awesome, and helps me out a ton. Thanks!

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:31 am
by nbacouchside
DSMok1 wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:45 pm
This should have most of what you need: https://github.com/ethanluoyc/statsnba-playbyplay
Can someone who knows where things are on github explain to me where I can go to see how to actually utilize the statsnba-playbyplay package? I installed it, but I have no idea wht it can do or how to use it to scrape play-by-play or parse it.

Sorry for the (probably) stupid question.

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
by Rd11490
I've never use the packaged, but from what I can tell these are the two scripts you would run.

https://github.com/ethanluoyc/statsnba- ... er/scripts

You would run them as:
python PATH/TO/INSTALLED/scripts/download_playbyplay.py -i <GAME_ID> -o <FILE_TO_SAVE>

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:13 pm
by nbacouchside
Rd11490 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
I've never use the packaged, but from what I can tell these are the two scripts you would run.

https://github.com/ethanluoyc/statsnba- ... er/scripts

You would run them as:
python PATH/TO/INSTALLED/scripts/download_playbyplay.py -i <GAME_ID> -o <FILE_TO_SAVE>
So if I wanted to use these scripts to pull a full seasons worth of data, I would have to modify them, probably?

Re: Free NBA Play by Play Data

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:26 pm
by Rd11490
Yeah, you'd either need to do that, or import the project and write some more code to manually call the methods that those scripts call.