John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at www.valueaddbasketball.com and writing for www.crackedsidewalks.com. He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.


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Big East Boasts NBA Player from Every Team

Forbes recently estimated ESPN's $50 billion price tag, and the brand alone is worth more than Fox's brand ($12.9 billion to $10.2 billion according to Forbes). The sports giant protected market share against Fox Sports 1's attempt to promote the Big East. ESPN released Requiem for the Big East just before Fox Sports 1's first broadcast of the tournament from Madison Square Garden. However, a Breitbart Sports study of current NBA rosters (see all 387 players below) shows the Big East is one of only two conferences to boast an NBA player from every team. Jul 27, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Nerlens Noel Returns as Top Defender 17 Months after Injury

Before his brutal injury in 2013, Breitbart Sports noted that Nerlens Noel's 12 blocked shots in one game had him on pace to challenge fellow Wildcat Anthony Davis and former Duke star Shelden Williams as the best college defensive players in the history of the Value Add rankings. Now Exclusive Breitbart ratings (see below) of 359 players indicate his average 2.3 steals, 3.0 blocks, and low 9.8 points allowed make him one of the top three Summer League players in his first return to action in 17 months. Jul 21, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Cleveland Wins Again! Can GOP Ride Wave?

At this rate, Republican National Convention delegates in 2016 could get to town just in time to see James playing for the NBA title, the Indians in a pennant race, and Johnny Manziel getting ready for training camp coming off a playoff run. Republicans hope the city's recent success will rub off them as they seek to take back Ohio in a quest to once again win the White House. Jul 20, 2014 11:58 AM PT

Summer League: Plumlee Tops Ranking of All Players

Mason Plumlee was the top ranked Value Add player when Breitbart Sports debuted on New Years Day 2013, and now he is the top-ranked player in Summer League with a rating of 1.06. Jul 14, 2014 8:53 AM PT

Confession Time for Pope Francis over Argentinian ‘Neutrality'?

Was the Pope really not cheering – or possibly even praying – eight minutes into Saturday’s game when Lionel Messi miraculously weaved through defenders and then had a pass from Angel di Maria deflect off a defender and to Gonzalo Higuain? Belgium defenders Vincent Kompany and Daniel Van Buyten split slightly due to the deflection, enabling Higuain to put a one-touch shot perfectly inside the left post. Jul 6, 2014 11:30 AM PT

A Taxing Profession: States Grab Millions from NBA Draft Picks

Nik Stauskas was one of the hottest players in the NBA Draft Thursday, impressing scouts enough to move from a possible 2nd-round pick to the No. 8 selection. He could have been an even bigger winner if the Sacramento Kings had moved to Seattle, where he would have paid $0 in state taxes instead of the $576,128 California stands to take from him. Jun 29, 2014 3:19 PM PT

Pudner: Kyle Anderson Luckiest Player in NBA Draft

Prior to the last two NBA Drafts I have visited team offices, sent draftee info and built databases for teams, and worked with projection guru Rob Lowe to calculate how many wins each player would be worth to an NBA team. In the midst of political campaigns I was even mocked by fellow Marquette alums for lack of effort in even following my alma mater (see mock interview of me here based on my actual Fox News interview), and am only now reviewing each pick against my last mock draft on May 22. Jun 29, 2014 3:08 PM PT

Hanley Ramirez Error Prevents Clayton Kershaw Perfecto

Clayton Kershaw threw his first no-hitter and was one routine grounder away from throwing the 24th perfect game in the 135 years of baseball. Kershaw stuck out 15 players, walked none and allowed only 13 balls to be put into play - one of them at Hanley Ramirez who threw the ball away the day after injuring his finger and being listed as day-to-day. Jun 18, 2014 10:23 PM PT

McCants: Khloe K, NCAA Title, Straight A's, & No Classes

Before Rashad McCants dated Khloe Kardashian (pictured) at the end of his 4-year NBA career, he was in the top 2% of all college basketball players while at UNC. He managed to win an NCAA title and--according to him--get several A's in classes he did not attend. Jun 7, 2014 4:52 AM PT

NBA Mock Draft: Embiid Best Player, Parker Likely No. 1 Pick

While Major League Baseball teams are drafting players they hope will eventually help, the basketball players taken on June 26 can change teams immediately. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 17 games in 2003, then 35, 42 and 50, respectively, the next three years after drafting LeBron James. Jun 6, 2014 9:40 AM PT

NBA Finals Top Players: During Playoffs, Season, and College

The Spurs succeeded in part one, with the hopes of three more parts, of their plan to avenge last year's Finals loss to the Heat. John Pudner gives the 411 on what players the Spurs might rely on to beat the Heat--and what players the Heat might rely on to again beat the Spurs. Jun 6, 2014 12:31 AM PT

Vegas Odds Oddly Shift Against Heat 3-Peat

According to Las Vegas, the Heat entered the Conference Finals with a 43% chance to win the title while the Spurs had the second best chance at 29%. After struggling through four games last week for an average 105-102 win the Spurs odds are now 26-points better at 55%. Jun 5, 2014 2:46 PM PT

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