Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the data come from?

Shot Analytics data is compiled from publicly available play-by-play logs and shot data. Our system compiles data from multiple sources before analyzing and cleaning the available shot locations to determine the best available data set.

How accurate is it?

While we work to ensure the shot information is as accurate as possible, the data is not 100% accurate. There may be some minor errors due to human error (someone has to manually enter the shot information, and they occasionally mess up). More significantly, there might not be a shot data log for every single game.

How often is data updated?

Shot data is loaded on a nightly basis, but we are constantly checking for errors and will make updates as required.

What teams are supported?

Currently, we have shot charts for every NBA team, but only support NCAA teams from the AAC, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, SEC, Pac-12 conferences along with a handful of other select Division I teams. Data for other college teams is available but it is limited to games against supported teams.

Our current list of NCAA supported teams is: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Baylor Bears, Boston College Eagles, Butler Bulldogs, California Golden Bears, Charlotte 49ers, Cincinnati Bearcats, Clemson Tigers, Colorado Buffaloes, Connecticut Huskies, Creighton Bluejays, DePaul Blue Demons, Duke Blue Devils, East Carolina Pirates, FIU Golden Panthers, Florida Gators, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida State Seminoles, Georgetown Hoyas, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Houston Cougars, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Louisville Cardinals, LSU Tigers, Marquette Golden Eagles, Marshall Thundering Herd, Maryland Terrapins, Memphis Tigers, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina State Wolfpack, North Texas Mean Green, Northwestern Wildcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Old Dominion Monarchs, Ole Miss Rebels, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh Panthers, Providence Friars, Purdue Boilermakers, Rice Owls, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, San Diego State Aztecs, Seton Hall Pirates, SMU Mustangs, South Carolina Gamecocks, South Florida Bulls, Southern Miss Golden Eagles, St. John's Red Storm, Stanford Cardinal, Syracuse Orange, TCU Horned Frogs, Temple Owls, Tennessee Volunteers, Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Tulane Green Wave, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, UAB Blazers, UCF Knights, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Utah Runnin' Utes, UTEP Miners, UTSA Roadrunners, Vanderbilt Commodores, Villanova Wildcats, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, West Virginia Mountaineers, Wichita State Shockers, Wisconsin Badgers, Xavier Musketeers.

Why is Shot Analytics different from other basketball statistics sites?

Shot Analytics is not just a data repository, but also a visual tool. Shot Analytics provides more than traditional shot charts; it also enables you to quickly perform analysis and scouting.

What is Shot360?

Shot360 is an interactive tool that will allow you to slice, analyze and visualize NCAA and NBA shot data on your own terms. Quickly filter and analyze data within the shot chart based on whatever variable(s) you choose.

How do I use Shot360?

To use Shot360, simply select the variable(s) you’d like to filter by. All of the graphs on the Shot360 page and interactive and filterable. If you want to see where Kevin Durant likes to shoot with less than five seconds on the shot clock in the fourth quarter, simply click and drag to select the given time frames on both graphs. All other charts will update in real-time.

To reset the filters select the 'Reset All' link at the bottom of the screen, or click the icon next to a specific graph.

What is Points Above Expectation?

Points Above Expectation is a statistic inspired by Kirk Goldsberry's ShotScore. The statistic measures the number of points that a player or team scored (or defender) from a collection of shot locations compared to the number of points that the average shooter would have scored from those same locations.

Our leaderboards feature both total Points Above Expectation and Points Above Expectation Per 100 Shots.

Why aren't the charts free?

Building this site and tool took a significant amount of time, and the servers that support the site aren't free. We'd love to give away our product for free, but at this time it isn't feasible.

Can I use these charts on my website or blog?

Yes, within moderation and with a link back to ShotAnalytics.com. You can post two or three charts in an article or blog post, but please don't re-publish our entire database. Embeddable versions of the charts are set to be released soon.

When will 2014-15 NCAA shot charts be available?

2014-15 NCAA Shot Charts will be available by November 21st, from then on they will be updated nightly.

Can you add my awesome idea, chart or feature?

Probably. If you have an idea, don't hesitate to email me at dylan@shotanalytics.com.

We can also create custom reports or dashboards. If you need custom services or want to integrate your proprietary data into a similar tool, send an email .