Who's the most likely All-Star in the 2017 NBA draft class?
Who's the most likely NBA All-Star in this year's draft class? Who brings the highest risk of being a bust? ESPN's analytics team evaluated the data and provides some potential direction for teams at the top of the draft.
Numbers offer a hint of French import Ntilikina's NBA potential
Eighteen-year-old Frank Ntilikina, a 6-foot-5 point guard from France, is the mystery man of the 2017 NBA draft. A deep dive into the numbers demonstrates the depth of his potential.
FPI projects every NFL team's most important 2017 game
According to Football Power Index (FPI) projections, there won't be a game more important to the Cowboys' or Giants' playoff chances than their Week 1 head-to-head clash in Arlington. Here's a look at the game most critical to each team's playoff hopes.
How sports scientists are trying to change college football
Sports scientists come with high-tech machines, new-age techniques and one old-school trick to provide data that, when combined with other resources within a program, can unveil secrets to make any team better. So why are there still skeptics?
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a predictive metric developed by the ESPN Analytics team that describes how many points per game you would expect each team to win by against an average WNBA team on a neutral court with equal days' rest.
The Warriors won games 1 & 2 by a combined 41 points and had an average win probability during those games of 77%. Last season they won games 1 & 2 by a combined 48 points and had an average win probability during those games of 76%.
FPI's 2017 NFL projections: Odds for divisions, playoffs, No. 1 pick, more
Will your team make the playoffs in 2017? Is it good enough to make a Super Bowl run? ESPN's analytics team examined team data via the Football Power Index and ran 10,000 simulations, and it now provides a comprehensive look at how 2017 will unfold.
BPI rates the Warriors as the top offense and second best defense this year.
Steph Curry made a bad 3 the most important shot in the NBA
The pull-up 3 isn't the most efficient shot, but MVP candidates like Steph Curry and James Harden have made it the defining shot in the modern NBA. Kevin Pelton shows why it's impossible to guard and how it's fueling the league's best offenses.
Jonathan Isaac, Harry Giles among potential 2017 NBA draft steals
Using our NBA draft model, the ESPN analytics team evaluates the potential first-round picks who could offer generous value for the teams that select them.
Browns lead teams who added most draft capital in 2017
The Cleveland Browns had a notable 2017 draft haul, but this past weekend wasn't just about today -- Cleveland is among the franchises that has set itself up well for future drafts.
Should NFL teams invest big money in RBs? Data says think again
The dollar numbers have gone down for free-agent running backs, and single-RB systems are going the way of the dodo. The numbers provide plenty of support for this trend.
It's time for the death of the sac bunt
In an excerpt from his book "Smart Baseball," Keith Law says every baseball fan can agree on at least one thing: The sac bunt is stupid, and it's time to let it go. Hear that, Francisco Lindor?
How did ESPN's upgraded BPI perform this college basketball season?
We examine how ESPN's upgraded college BPI performed this season. Check out how it fared compared to other prominent projection systems.
Stacking the worst classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's worst draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32, locating the "worst of the worst."
Stacking the best classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's top draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32.
Examining the preseason FPI 2.0 rankings
Preseason FPI now incoporates returning starters and recruiting rankings into the ratings. A look at the top 5 and biggest risers from last season.
Diving into the 2017 FPI projections
The release of FPI 2.0 includes game predictions and projections for who will win each conference. We take a look at some interesting numbers.