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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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

Matthews Steal Highlights Top Plays of NBA Weekend, Gives Trail Blazers 3-1 lead

Wesley Matthews' fourth steal of the game just after 1 a.m. Monday morning with two seconds to play gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 3-1 series lead heading to Houston Wednesday. The Trail Blazers were the only team with five of the top 50 players this weekend on the table below, while LeBron James leads the list (30 points + 10 rebounds + 6 Assists + 2 Steals + 0 Blocks - 8 Missed Shots - 1 FT Missed - 2 Turnovers = 37 Efficiency), and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the 165th and worst player this weekend. Breakdowns of all eight series follow, but first, the worst players this weekend: Apr 28, 2014 9:03 AM PT

492 NBA Players: Best to ‘Worst’ NBA Player from Each School

Some fans love the NBA playoffs, but many others watch it to remember players from their college. The following is a list of all 492 NBA players from this season listed from the best to worst player at each college including all 21 from Kentucky. The 2012 squad included six picks, including (from left) Terrence Jones, who played for Houston tonight, Darius Miller, Anthony Davis (the 2nd greatest college player in the 12 years of and 4th best player in the NBA this year according to PER on Hollinger's ESPN rating), and Marquis Teague. A Value of 34 indicates your name is Kevin Durant or LeBron James: Apr 25, 2014 11:17 PM PT

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


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