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 and writing for 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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Dodgers Pitcher Josh Beckett Out for Season

Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Josh Beckett is out of the season to undergo surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his neck, the Dodgers announced on Saturday. Jun 29, 2013 8:01 PM PT

NBA 2nd Round Pick-by-Pick

An example of the difference between being a great college player and just making the NBA was summed up in a SI/CNN look at preseason Value Add ratings that read, "I've been playing around with John Pudner's new Value Add Basketball database, and we seem to agree on the Wolfpack ... Value Add isn't in love with (CJ) Leslie, ranking him as the 175th-best player in D-I for next season. It puts higher values on point guard Lorenzo Brown. In fact it was Brown, not the more heralded Leslie, who was picked in the second round Thursday. Jun 27, 2013 9:51 PM PT

NBA Draft: 1st Round Pick-by-Pick Grades

It took NBA teams only 22 picks to get the 20 players Breitbart Sports reported would be the most valuable NBA players in Draft previews. The only two times a team picked a player we did not have in the top 20 prospects were when the Celtics traded to draft Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk with the 13th pick (we project he will be only the 27th best player to come out of this draft) and the Bulls selected New Mexico's Tony Snell with the 20th pick (we project he will be only the 54th best player to come out of this draft). Breitbart Sports graded every first-round pick. Jun 27, 2013 5:13 PM PT

NBA Draft Shocker: Cavs Take Anthony Bennett with Top Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers started the NBA Draft with a surprise Thursday, going for the muscle in UNLV's Anthony Bennett after a week of teams expressing concerns about his weight gain. Victor Oladipo went second to Orlando and Cody Zeller to Charlotte at No. 4 to give the Indiana Hoosiers two of the top four picks. In between, the Washington Wizards grabbed hometown Georgetown star Otto Porter, who averaged only single digits his freshman season in 2011-12 but was projected by Breitbart Sports and Value Add as the Big East player of the year and delivered. Jun 27, 2013 4:55 PM PT

NBA Draft Preview: Final Rankings of the Top 96 Prospects

Going into Thursday’s NBA Draft (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), Breitbart Sports completes the most comprehensive scientific projection of how much each players is likely to help his new NBA team. Previous posts have covered which player is the best physical prospect (CJ Leslie--25.3), the best college player adjusted for his class (Trey Burke--32.9) and which player projects to produce the most wins for his new team (Nerlens Noel--49). This fourth and final post weighs the best player by observation (Alex Len--50) and tallies the four scientific measurements into one figure that predicts the best player in the draft. Jun 27, 2013 5:00 AM PT

WAR: Reyes-Dickey Could Add 5 Wins

Desmond Jennings punched an RA Dickey pitch in the hole in the first inning Wednesday, but Jose Reyes came up with the backhand and gunned out Jennings at first. The Blue Jays have improved from 27-36 to 39-38 and Wins Above Replacement (WAR) projects they would already be 44-33 if Jose Reyes and RA Dickey had been playing like they were the last two seasons when they were worth a combined 10 extra wins a season. Jun 26, 2013 9:19 PM PT

LeBron Chases Jordan with 20th SI Cover

LeBron James claimed his 20th Sports Illustrated cover this week, well behind Michael Jordan's all-time record 50 covers. On the June 17, 1991, Jordan was pictured dunking with his left hand to the headline of "Air Power" for his 16th Sports Illustrated cover when he was a month younger than James is now. Jun 26, 2013 6:00 PM PT

NBA Draft Preview: Nerlens Noel Projects to Be Best Prospect

Nerlens Noel is the sixth best player in the draft at steals (3.9% of opponents' trips end in Noel stealing the ball), one of the top 10 at defensive rebounds (grabs 22.3% of opponents misses) and is the best "non-ball hog" in the draft, taking only 15.9% of his teams shots. Those are the three most important college stats in determining a college player's future NBA potential, and when factored in with other stats, Noel projects to be the best NBA player from this year's draft by the fourth year of the rookie contracts. Jun 26, 2013 6:00 PM PT

Exclusive: CJ Leslie, Peyton Siva Steals in Draft

NC State's CJ Leslie is the best of the only 74 players physically capable of joining the NBA next season. Compared to the average prospect, he is taller (6'7">6'5.6"), has a longer wingspan (7'2.25">6'10"), jumps higher (40.5">36.2"), and is faster both in the 3/4-court sprint (3.1>3.32 seconds) and the lateral agility drill around the key (10.19>11.28 seconds) than the average NBA prospect according to an exclusive analysis by Breitbart Sports made available only to NBA teams prior to last year's draft. Jun 25, 2013 6:00 AM PT

Stat Projection Shows Burke's High Potential

Trey Burke leads the list below of the top Sr. Value Adds using the Advanced formula reviewed by select NBA teams last year. Only 10 players have recorded a better Sr. Value Add and five have become superstars, four have been strong NBA players, and only one has been a disappointing reserve. Despite being undersized, Burke's odds of having a great NBA career look strong. Jun 25, 2013 6:00 AM PT

Obama Admin Pushing Pro Leagues to Back Obamacare

A couple of dozen former college basketball players will sign multi-million dollar contracts after the NBA Draft in three days. A report from Americans for Tax Reform reminds them Obamacare will take a big chunk out of those new checks even as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed the administration is lobbying major sports leagues to advocate for Obamacare. The breakdown of taxes played by NBA players as Obamacare is implemented shows Kobe Bryant paying an additional $250,642 in taxes. Jun 24, 2013 2:56 PM PT

Son of Ex-NBA Player Popeye Jones Considered One of NHL Draft's Top Prospects

This week the Richmond Free Press, one of many weekly newspapers around the country that serve a black community, gave rare top sports billing to the NHL to report Seth Jones (center of photo) was expected to be the first black player selected No. 1 in the draft. The Denver Post reported almost simultaneously that the Colorado Avalanche would not take Jones first. Jun 22, 2013 12:00 PM PT

Magic: LeBron Has Chance to Be Greatest Ever

A few days before Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, Breitbart Sports asked if it was too soon to compare LeBron James as potentially the greatest player of all time. After watching James win his second straight title, Magic Johnson posed the question Thursday. "Can I catch Michael? That's what this is about," Johnson said in post game comments. "We need to appreciate greatness when we see it." Jun 20, 2013 9:52 PM PT

Miami Wins Back-to-Back NBA Titles

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led Miami to back-to-back NBA titles over San Antonio in Game 7. Both had double-doubles and shot over 50 percent from the floor despite having to shoot over the Spurs, who crowded the net. James had 37 points and 12 rebounds to claim his second straight Finals MVP, while Wade had 23 points, 10 rebounds and two big rejections to help deliver Miami their third NBA title in franchise history. Jun 20, 2013 8:50 PM PT


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