Doctor MJ wrote:It is pricier than I was expecting, but to be honest I'm amazed they've let us us it for free for so long. When your website is free, the more traffic you get, the more in debt you get. It makes sense to do that for a while but not forever.
I feel like on a moral grounds, I should probably pay no matter what, but I'll ask:
What other sources and tools are there, either free or for pay?
Good for "advanced" bar banter queries I guess.
Ex: "What NBA Team had the Highest ORTG in the Playoffs in a Season?"
You can get pretty specific and after you get used to how it parses your questions it starts flowing a bit.
But nowhere near as granular as BBR's play index.
Never seen statmuse before, so I might give it a look.
I agree with the general sentiment - I kind of feel indebted to them, because I'm sure I use other stuff less frequently and pay just as much for it, but in isolation, it feels hard to pay more than a couple of dollars for something like this when the resource is there, and the Play Index itself is more of a fast collation tool than a unique source of information (e.g. I can look up lineup data for teams freely, and Play Index allows me to do that quickly rather than storing them in my own file). Of course, there's a degree as to which using the Play Index earlier has fed into my general basketball knowledge too, to be fair. Fantastic resource, but also one whose information can be accumulated through other means if we're laborious enough.
And it's not just by going onto other websites (e.g. PBPstats is great for things like ORTG with a certain lineup), but that the individual box score and lineup stats remain present on Basketball-Reference.com.
ardee wrote:That would probably kill our games on the T&T Board...
I didn't even think of that. I mean, I'm not a participant, but dang...