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The NBA's stats API for the browser or Node

npm install nba

IMPORTANT NOTE:

It appears as though the NBA has blacklisted certain blocks of IP addresses, specifically those of cloud hosting providers including AWS. As such, you may hit a situation where an application using this package works fine on your local machine, but doesn't work at all when deployed to a cloud server. Annoyingly, requests from these IPs seem to just hang. More information here and here -- the second issue has a curl command somewhere which will quickly tell you if NBA is accepting requests from your IP. (Incidentally, this is also the same reason the TravisCI build is always "broken" but tests all pass locally). There is a simple pass-through server in scripts/proxy that can be used to get around this restriction; you can put the proxy server somewhere that can reach NBA.com (e.g. not on AWS or Heroku or similar) and host your actual application on a cloud provider.

NBA API

The stats.nba.com uses a large number of undocumented JSON endpoints to provide the statistics tables and charts displayed on that website. This library provides a JavaScript client for interacting with many of those API endpoints.

Getting Started

NBA.findPlayer(str) will return an object with a player's name, their ID, and their team information. This method is built into the package.

All methods in the NBA.stats namespace require an object to be passed in as a parameter. The keys to the object are in the docs for the stats namespace here

const NBA = require("nba");
const curry = NBA.findPlayer('Stephen Curry');
console.log(curry);
/* logs the following:
{
  firstName: 'Stephen',
  lastName: 'Curry',
  playerId: 201939,
  teamId: 1610612744,
  fullName: 'Stephen Curry',
  downcaseName: 'stephen curry'
}
*/
NBA.stats.playerInfo({ PlayerID: curry.playerId }).then(console.log);

For more example API calls, see /test/integration/stats.js

Stability Warning

This is a client for an unstable and undocumented API. While I try to follow semver for changes to the JavaScript API this library exposes, the underlying HTTP API can (and has) changed without warning. In particular, the NBA has repeatedly deprecated endpoints, or added certain required headers without which requests will fail. Further, this library comes bundled with a (relatively) up-to-date list of current NBA players which is subject to change at any time -- the specific contents of it should not be considered part of this library's API contract.

Usability

To put it nicely, the NBA's API endpoints are a little clunky to work with. This library tries to strike a balance between being usable but not making assumptions about how the data will be used. Specifically, the NBA sends data in a concise "table" form where the column headers come first then each result is an array of values that need to be matched with the proper header. This library does a simple transformation to zip the header and values arrays into a header-keyed object. Beyond that, it tries to not do too much. This is important to note because sometimes the various "result sets" that come back on a single endpoint seem sort of arbitrary. The underlying HTTP API doesn't seem to follow standard REST practices; rather it seems the endpoints are tied directly to the data needed by specific tables and charts displayed on stats.nba.com. This is what I mean by "clunky" to work with -- it can be tricky to assemble the data you need for a specific analysis from the various endpoints available.

Documentation

There are four primary parts of this library

  • Top-level methods
  • stats namespacedocs
  • sportVu namespace
  • synergy namespace

"I don't use Node.js"

Please take a look at nba-client-template. The relevant part of the repo is a single JSON document from which many programming languages can dynamically generate an API client. The repo contains (sloppy) examples in Ruby and Python. Compiled languages can use code generation techniques to the same effect -- there's a (again, sloppy) example in Go. If you'd like me to publish it to a specific registry so you can install it with your language's package manager, please open an issue. Please note, however, that package only includes the endpoints exposed by this library under the stats namespace -- sportvu and synergy endpoints aren't yet included in it. I also plan to add a command-line interface to this library so that it can be easily driven as a child process by another program.

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