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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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 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

In Politics, and on Playing Fields, the Balanced Ground/Air Game Wins

Tea Party candidates are losing races this year due in large part to reverting to something like Knute Rockne's Single Wing Offense with no air support to try outscore the Chamber of Commerce's air attack that looks like Peyton Manning's. Political movements, like most good football teams, must use a ground-game/air-game balance to win on Election Day. May 24, 2014 1:24 PM PT

NBA Also-Rans Look to Lottery for Next Big Thing

The NBA holds its Draft Lottery tomorrow night. The teams all hope to score big. But the top five picks look to be an especially big score for the teams that land them. May 19, 2014 5:45 AM PT

Will Analytics Trump Subjective NBA Draft Picks Again?

As soon as an NBA team announces a 1st round pick June 26 they are promising the player $3 million to $14 million. Before investing that money, each team may want to look back at a packet Rob Lowe and I provided them two years ago that recommended a better player/investment. May 12, 2014 7:54 AM PT

Graduation Time: Basketball More Valuable Than Bachelor's Degree?

There are only about 48 job openings in the NBA each year for almost 1,000 students who finish playing Division I basketball. Bo McCalebb (pictured driving past Russia's Andrei Kirilenko) may be the best of 5,404 former players for American colleges drawing a paycheck in a foreign pro league. May 6, 2014 6:14 AM PT

Simmonds' Hat Trick Leads Flyers to Game 7

Nine days ago when Breitbart Sports reported on Wayne Simmonds' goal wrapping up a Flyers win over the Rangers, no one knew who Donald Sterling was. On a surreal day in which the NBA banned Sterling for life, Philadelphia's NHL fans threw hats on the ice for Simmonds after one of the best black players in the NHL delivered the Flyers to a decisive Game 7 with a hat trick. Apr 30, 2014 6:48 AM PT


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