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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5 Value Add '1st Team All-Americans' Battle in Heat's 99-88 Win

When former Indiana Hoosiers great Cody Zeller took the court for the Charlotte Bobcats, it marked the first time I recall seeing five former College Value Add All-Americans in the same NBA game (see All-Time Value Add databasehere) and nine players who were in the top 1% of Value Add players. Both Kemba Walker (ranked 2nd for 2011 UConn) and Dwyane Wade (3rd for Marquette in 2003) looked like they were on Final Four runs, while Norris Cole (3rd, Cleveland State 2011), Mario Chalmers (4th, Kansas 2008) and Zeller (5th, Indiana 2013) also played. Apr 20, 2014 4:32 PM PT

Breitbart Sports Favorites 8-2 in NHL Playoffs So Far

NHL teams given at least a 60 percent chance of winning in the Breitbart Sports Playoff Table are 8-2 heading into Easter Sunday's games. One of the two upsets was by the Detroit Red Wings, who according to Las Vegas had a respectable 4% chance of taking the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins, who were given the best chance at 20%. Sunday's NHL schedule along with the Breitbart Table are updated with results. And the Vegas odds for each team winning the Stanley Cup appear at the bottom of this post. Apr 20, 2014 4:19 PM PT

Flyers Even Series in Battle of Big Markets

The Flyers Wayne Simmonds (pictured) scored a great goal Sunday to wrap up a 1-1 series tie against the Rangers. The series has just an 8% chance of producing the eventual champion, but has the top remaining NHL market share (27%) so was featured as the first of two games by NBC Sunday (see table of all media markets and chances of winning Cup below). Apr 20, 2014 3:59 PM PT

What's the Difference Between the NHL and the NBA? Not Much This Weekend

Normally, it would be hard to find much in common between a 109-105 NBA playoff game and a 4-3 NHL playoff game. But Saturday afternoon the Golden State Warriors and St. Louis Blues both made game-changing shots with six seconds to play and with a hated regional rival's star player out of the competition in network games (ABC and NBC respectively). Apr 20, 2014 9:39 AM PT

Numbers Behind the NHL Playoff Match-ups

Anaheim has a 75% chance of winning each home against Dallas while Detroit has only a 38% chance at home vs. Boston during the playoffs. Detroit is the only playoff team to allow more goals than they scored (2.7-2.8 average score), while the Penguins Sidney Crosby leads the league with 104 points and Josh Harding is tops with 1.7 goals allowed though not playing for the Wild for months. These key facts for all 16 playoff teams are listed on the table below. Apr 18, 2014 8:00 AM PT

Live from Pittsburgh, It's the NHL Playoffs!

The toughest NHL ticket in the USA is the Console Energy Center, as the Penguins have sold out every regular season and playoff game since February 2007. But Wednesday their fans, and Breitbart Sports correspondent John Pudner, were the first to see playoff action. The NHL postseason opens in eight cities this week. Apr 17, 2014 11:37 AM PT

NCAA Basketball Championship Preview: Analysis Points to Wildcat Win

A new study projects Kentucky as the likely winner of tonight's national championship. One of the reasons for the projection has to do with freshmen. They tend to improve more than upperclassmen. Kentucky, if you haven't noticed, has a roster overflowing with first-year collegiate players. Apr 7, 2014 9:07 AM PT

Exclusive: UConn's Shabazz Napier Joins Ex-Teammate Kemba Walker in Top 100

The day before the National Championship, Breitbart Sports reveals that UConn's Kemba Walker (left) and Shabazz Napier (right) have produced the 15th and 16th best Value Add seasons. The data goes back more than a decade, and highlights some of the best college basketball seasons of the new millennium. Apr 6, 2014 9:29 AM PT

Murray State Wins CIT, Justin Sears Injury Likely Cost Yale Title

I get more questions about the Value Add basketball rankings from the Ivy League than from any where else in the country--and now they have reason to review because Value Add calculates that an Ivy League School would have claimed the CIT tournament Thursday except for a key last minute injury. Apr 4, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Value Add: Wright, McDermott Hold Onto Top Spots

It appears Utah's Delon Wright will hold onto the top Value Add ranking in the updated Top 100 below despite Shabazz Napier's incredible tournament run, and Doug McDermott will be the most valuable offensive player by the second largest margin of any year. Apr 3, 2014 1:45 PM PT

Value Add: Napier, Kaminsky Top 96 Players Still Alive

LEXINGTON, KY - The updated Value Add rankings for all 96 players still in action are listed below--highlighted by UConn's Shabazz Napier (#2) and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (#12). On Thursday at 7 p.m. Markus Kennedy (SMU, #71) will face off with Austin Hollins (Minnesota, #132) for the NIT championship while Justin Sears (Yale, #120) and Jarvis Williams (Murray St., #168) face off for the CIT title. Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Tyler Johnson (Fresno St., #81) goes up against a surprise opponent in Brett Bisping (Siena, #245) for the CBI title. Apr 3, 2014 5:32 AM PT

UConn Upsets Michigan State, Returns to Final Four

Shabazz Napier dominated in the obscurity of UConn's probation last season, and most were stunned when Breitbart Sports named him the 2nd team All-American point guard in 2013. Sunday he left no doubt with a dominant 25-point performance to make UConn the first seven seed in more than two decades to go to the Final Four. Mar 30, 2014 2:38 PM PT

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