After much thought over the past few days, I've decided that Hoopdata won't be returning for the 2013-2014 season.
When this site was launched over four years ago, our mission was to provide the public with previously unavailable statistics using as simple an interface as possible. I'm happy to say that all of the statistics we provide are no longer unique to this website, with basketball-reference.com, nbawowy.com, and most importantly, the newly unveiled SportVU section of stats.nba.com all providing more comprehensive sets of data for public use. Combine this with the fact that the motion-tracking statistics available directly from the NBA are inherently more accurate than anything we can track from public play-by-play data, and I believe this is as good a time as ever to proverbially hand off the baton.
The fact of the matter is this service was always one that would best be provided by a much larger outlet than two guys in their 20's hosting a site through GoDaddy, and I'm thrilled that day has finally come.
I'm aware there are many users of this site who still prefer using our interface, and I'm truly sorry to any of you we're letting down. I strongly encourage you to peruse the three sites I listed above, and I'm extremely confident you'll grow to love at least one of them more than us once you get familiar.
I'd like to quickly thank the less public half of the site, Matt Nolan, for his part in building Hoopdata from the ground up. Without his incredibly adept programming abilities and creative contributions, none of this would exist. I'd also like to thank the writers who contributed to us, namely Tom Haberstroh, Jeff Fogle, Eno Sarris, Matt Scribbins, and Blake Murphy. Equally important are the too many to list early adopters who promoted the site from day one, and while I am certainly going to leave out many, I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention Matt Moore, Kurt Helin, Tim Varner, Zach Lowe, Howard Beck, Kevin Arnovitz, and Henry Abbott. And it goes without saying, but I'd also like to personally thank Jonathan Givony for hiring me as a scout at DraftExpress.com over eight years ago, without which I'd never have had the opportunity to contribute anything to the basketball universe.
Most importantly, I'd like to thank all the fans who regularly used this resource over the past four years, and it's truly been a pleasure to serve you and contribute this rather small piece to the history of basketball analytics. It's been an incredibly humbling experience to continually receive such amazing feedback from users and have had the opportunity to interact with so many brilliant people through this website, and for that I am extremely grateful.