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RealGM has been working on many new features over the past few years and here are a few that we are the most proud to share with all of you.
Updated Roster Pages
Our roster pages have been greatly enhanced and now include future free agent information, current free agent rights held, draft rights held, future draft pick obligations, awards, depth charts and how the team acquired every player on its roster.
One of our most unique new features is the ability to study how teams constructed their rosters. These roster composition pages showcase how each player was acquired (draft, trade or free agency) and how many players were selected in the first round or second round or went undrafted.
You can also create custom search criteria, such as the number of players acquired via free agency on teams that won the championship or look at how teams that had an average roster age over 30 have historically performed.
The custom search area has many different categories to create a very specific search based on the parameters you select.
Future Free Agents
Our new free agent page is searchable all the way to the 2018 offseason and includes the player’s age at the time of free agency, type of free agent, statistics and agent. You can also narrow down the list of free agents to a specific team.
Free Agent Details on Player Profile Pages
Free agent information is now included on the RealGM profile page of every NBA player.
On the profile page of LeBron James, for example, his early termination option for 2014, player option for 2015 and unrestricted free agency in 2016 are displayed.
For a player on his rookie contract such as Anthony Davis, the team options for 2014 and 2015 are displayed, along with his restricted free agency for 2016.
Future Draft Pick Details
RealGM has completely rewritten and reformatted all draft pick information with concise descriptions of all first- and second-round pick ownership and conveyances. Note that only a pick that originated with a team or will or could potentially be conveyed to a team will be listed under the team. “Pass-through teams,” where a team neither originally held nor currently holds the pick, but did previously, will not show this pick listed. However, any pass-through teams will be noted in the “via” parenthetical of the descriptions that appear under the original and current owners of rights over such pick.
One of the earliest features on RealGM was our Draft Simulator and this year’s version has several new upgrades. We now include the draft picks from the previous year by the team On The Clock, along with the players selected at that slot in the three most recent drafts. Also featured on this page is the team’s depth chart and upcoming selections.
Our brand new Draft Search enables you to create your own search criteria, such as centers that were selected directly from high school and International players with five or more years of service.
We have a lot of new projects in the pipeline that we will be releasing in the coming months.
The NBA is well into Round 1 of the 2013 Playoffs and because it’s fun to compare performances in the current season to performances in past seasons, it’s worth looking into the following features on RealGM.
Check out the players ranked with the highest PER this playoff season by selecting ‘NBA’, ‘Player Stats’ and choosing ‘Advanced Stats’ and ‘Playoffs’ from the dropdown menus.
Anthony Randolph with the Denver Nuggets has the highest PER to date in this season’s playoffs with 35.77 PER, though Stephen Curry has the highest amongst players with more significant minutes.
Historically, the highest PER since the 92-93 playoffs goes to LeBron James with 39.06 from the 08-09 season. This can be found by searching ‘Individual Seasons’, ‘Historical Season’, and selecting ‘Advanced Stats’ and ‘Playoffs’ from the dropdown menus.
These pages offer player rankings in other categories also such as FIC, Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating, Assist %, etc.
Another unique feature we suggest checking out is the player rankings in Win Shares. From the ‘Player Stats’ page, select ‘Misc. Stats’ from the dropdown menu.
Check out the other players who have made the list.
Individual Playoff Stats by Team
Check out your team’s playoffs stats page throughout the playoff season by visiting their team page and selecting ‘Player Stats’ and then ‘Playoffs’ from dropdown menu. This feature displays the playoff leaders, player averages and team stats in several categories.
The RealGM Tournament Page lists all NCAA conference tournament games.
Within the tournament links, such as the 2012-2013 West Coast Conference Tournament, you will find detailed information including tournament brackets, participants and schedule.
(Above: Gonzaga coach Mark Few)
Historical tournament stats can be found for each conference by clicking on ‘Stats’ and selecting ‘Historical’ from the dropdown menu.
We hope this RealGM feature helps you enjoy the NCAA tournament season!
With the NBA Trade Deadline wrapping up on February 21st, take a look at your team’s transaction history.
On the RealGM Team Transaction Pages, each team page has a clear timeline for any and all transactions dating back to the 1993 NBA season.
All trades are categorized by transaction type, including free agency and signing trades.
Select the season from the dropdown menu and compare the team’s transaction activity from year-to-year. Below is a chart created from information taken from the Spurs transaction page.
The following chart shows the NBA All-Star Selections by team in three 10-year intervals (84-93, 94-03 and 04-13).
With the 2013 All-Star Weekend underway, take some time to explore some of the features RealGM offers from previous All-Star events.
The general All-Star Page lists results, box scores, MVPs, Dunk Champions and 3-Point Champions from previous seasons dating back to 1984.
(Above image of Isiah Thomas during the 1984 All-Star Game where he was awarded MVP).
Detailed All-Star Stats are listed back to the 1984 season with standard statistical categories. For example, Kevin Durant has the highest points per game (PPG) average with 28.3.
For more team-specific detailed All-Star information, RealGM breaks its down with Historical All-Star Selections by team.
View previous Rising Stars Challenge Selections by team to see how players began their careers at All-Star Weekend.
How about checking out which teams have had the NBA’s best dunkers? RealGM has the Dunk Contest Selections broken down by team.
Enjoy RealGM’s All-Star Pages throughout the weekend!
The RealGM Team Roster Composition Search page not only provides data on how a team’s roster was composed, but also includes a look at the team’s performance for the season, the number of All-Star and MVP players on the team and the number of 1st and 2nd round picks a team has on its roster.
You also have the ability to create your own criteria using the ‘Custom Search’ button on the right side of the page and by clicking on one of the 20 listed options.
For example, you can click on ‘NBA Champions’ link and see that the 04-05 Spurs had 10 players on their roster acquired via free agency, or that the 92-93 Bulls and 07-08 Celtics each had seven players acquired via the draft.
Another interesting search criteria is ‘Built Through Trades’, which shows the teams that acquired at least eight players on their roster via trade. No team with that type of roster composition has even advanced to The Finals, with the 02-03 Pistons and 01-02 getting as far as the Eastern Conference Finals.
When performing your own Custom Search, you can select any number of seasons dating back to 92-93, along with specific teams, team performance, age range, draft year, draft status and many more categories.
You will receive your own custom URL with each search you complete that you can share with others.
Here is a search of every Raptors’ season in their history, which shows that they have sent at least one player to the All-Star Game in 10 seasons and they ended up in the playoffs in five of those seasons. You can also see that the 11-12 team had more players acquired via free agency than any other season (7).
Do you ever wonder how heavily the Spurs have used the draft to compile their team? How about the number of players the Nets have signed via free agency?
RealGM now provides data through the Team Roster Composition page that shows how each member of a team is acquired, whether it be through the draft, trade, waiver or free agency. The data goes back to the 1992-93 season (use the dropdown menu to select a season).
Here are the roster compositions for the NBA champions from the last five years:
2012 Miami Heat: Draft or Draft Rights Trade (4), Trade (2), Free Agency (9)
2011 Dallas Mavericks: Draft or Draft Rights Trade (3), Trade (5), Free Agency (7)
2010 Los Angeles Lakers: Draft or Draft Rights Trade (5), Trade (4), Free Agency (4)
2009 Los Angeles Lakers: Draft or Draft Rights Trade (6), Trade (5), Free Agency (3)
2008 Boston Celtics: Draft or Draft Rights Trade (7), Trade (2), Free Agency (6)