The best basketball annuals on the market are back.
You may have noticed things have been a little quiet on the site the last couple of weeks. There's a good reason. Our teams of NBA and NCAA analysts are beginning to put in the hard work for the latest versions of our popular College Basketball Prospectus and Pro Basketball Prospectus annuals. In the bestselling tradition of the Baseball Prospectus series, these books bring you innovative analysis and insight into how the 2009-10 seasons played out and what to expect in 2010-11.
Here's what you can expect when the books are released this fall as .PDFs and in print-on-demand book form.
Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11
The inaugural edition of the current Pro Basketball Prospectus series was called "insistently readable" and "consistently eye-opening" by FreeDarko.com. The sequel offers the same comprehensive breakdown of the NBA, highlighted by the results of the exclusive SCHOENE projection system, which is unique in using team context to generate projections for both teams and players.
This year's book features breakdowns and projections for more than 500 players, including every player who saw action in the NBA last season, rookies and newcomers from overseas. There's also an essay on each NBA team, and general essays that take on where the league is headed in anticipation of a possible lockout next summer. In addition to the writing, Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 is an invaluable statistical reference, with key advanced team statistics for the past five seasons and player statistics from the last three years as well as contract information.
Stay tuned for more details and additions before Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 is released in late September or early October.
- Bradford Doolittle and Kevin Pelton
College Basketball Prospectus 2010-11
When a preseason preview of your favorite sport is both comprehensive and state-of-the-art in terms of its analysis, there's an undeniable satisfaction that comes from just holding the thing in your hands--even if you're like me and you don't necessarily read the comprehensive and analytically state-of-the-art preview cover-to-cover.
Alas, that satisfaction has long eluded college basketball fans. No more. I'm thrilled to say that the College Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 will preview all 347 Division I teams, from the reigning national champions at Duke to some team we won't offend by naming here. Whether you're a fan of the A-10 or A-Sun, SWAC or WAC, Big West, Mountain West, Great West, or West Coast, the College Basketball Prospectus will have a preview of your team that takes note of sound bites when appropriate but is above all based on on-court realities.
A word about those on-court realities. We ponder those all the time at Prospectus HQ, and the book you pick up this fall will give you what we think we've found out along those lines during the off-season. As if previewing a few hundred teams weren't enough, we'll set the stage for those previews with a series of Prospectus-style essays on everything from what to look for in the 2011 NBA Draft and how to project team success, to the role of luck in the college game and the continuing slow disappearance of turnovers from D-I hoops.
There's even a very special guest stopping by to tip things off for our College Basketball Prospectus 2010-11. So, yeah, I'm pretty enthused. Put it this way: I was a huge college basketball fan long before I became the editor of books like this. Assuming I don't mess up as the latter, the former should just about die and go to college hoops heaven sometime on or around Nov. 1.
See you then.
- John Gasaway