You may have seen me on YouTube or on social media getting pranked as I was hired full-time about a month ago. I’ve been working with the BSN Denver team for almost two years now and I’ve watched it grow into what it is firsthand, so being able to create and manage my own department, based on my strengths, has been a dream come true.

Enough of the gushy stuff, I was hired to do a job and that job is to develop our analytics department. I’m very proud to finally introduce our first phase with the Denver Nuggets.

The first BSN metric that we are introducing is the Dynamic Player Rating which you will come to know as DPR, a proprietary metric on a scale of 20 to 100 which measures 12 different statistics to assess a player’s production on a game-by-game basis. There are three different adaptations of the metric for point guards, wings, and big men.

We will measure the DPR of every player, after every game and you will see this log on his Player Profile page as seen here for Nikola Jokic. A player’s overall DPR will represent the average of those games. It is our way of determining what we can expect from a player on a night-in-night-out basis, not necessarily an overall rating like you would expect on NBA 2K.

You can see the entire Nuggets team on our new Nuggets Stats Page, where you can easily sort all categories including DPR. The top 15 NBA players in every position group can be found below that team list on the same page to help you put the Nuggets rating in perspective.

To access all of these new stats from any page, go to the Nuggets tab on the menu bar where the roster page now provides player profiles that are hyperlinked to the player’s names.

This is only the beginning of a very ambitious project where we expect to deliver this kind of depth on every team in the local market. We are already working on proprietary metrics for the Colorado Avalanche, with the Rockies and Broncos soon to follow.

In case you’re wondering, we’ll have DPR for every single sport and even more unique stats for those sports as well.

This has been a team effort, so a big thank you to the entire BSN team for their hard work and support throughout this process.


Andre Simone

Andre B. Simone, was born in Boulder, Colorado raised in Milan, Italy and is the draft and film analyst for Education:  Graduated in communications with an emphasis in media, and double minored in journalism and philosophy at Western State University of Colorado. Career: I got back into media and worked briefly for the NPR affiliate up in Crested Butte, CO. I then starter working on a podcast for an Italian website on American sports which eventually became three weekly shows. We soon became the only podcast that featured player interviews, had prospect endorsements for our draft podcast, and am sure I was the only international media member credentialed at various pro-days I attended. In that period I became one of two media members from Italy to become part of the FWAA. At BSN Denver I started doing film rooms which have since caught on in several sports and got picked up by Bleacher Report and the Denver Broncos website. Our draft coverage has quickly become the standard bearer for the area. I was tasked with launching BSN ATS, in short time ironing out two metrics that have been close to identical to the methodology Las Vegas uses to generate their weekly NFL spreads. I covered the Colorado Rapids’ magical run to the Western Conference playoffs in 2016 after adding maybe the greatest American soccer player of all time in Tim Howard. My career highlight is probably following the Colorado Buffaloes magical 2016 “Rise” to Pac-12 south champions, attending their final five home-games, and following their top NFL prospects throughout the process. That offseason I also discovered Austin Ekeler one of the best stories of that draft and a true revelation as an NFL standout. I was the only media member to go out on a limb and say he was a legitimate NFL prospect, he’s proved me right in a short amount of time. Most memorable sports moment: Seeing the greatest comeback in Nebraska football history in Lincoln while cheering from the visitors side for Ohio State in 2011. The atmosphere in that stadium was beyond anything I’ve ever felt, including European soccer rivalries that can be pretty intense. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: This might have to be a tie between Terry Frei’s '77: Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age. and Our Adrian Dater’s ‘Blood Feud…’ Both books have been crucial in my career path, AD’s book actually planted the seed for me doing this. Those 77 Broncos are an unbelievable team, I love that story and how it connects to the roots of the city. I read both books in a really important developmental period personally, they hold a special place in my heart. One sports movie that I can’t live without: Growing up in Italy any American sports movies in our house where true gold. Remember The Titans, Space Jam, Angles in the Outfield, and Jerry McGuire all were played in the VHS without end at different periods. But I’m not a fiction guy, my favorite sports movies are almost all documentaries now, my favorite being “Once Brothers” the 30-for-30 on Drazen Petrovic’s rise as Yugoslavia fell. It gets me every time as it’s just my movie; with 90’s hoops, Euro basketball, and the right amount of nostalgia. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Sitting down with Austin Ekeler, hearing his journey and knowing right then and there the kind of story I had uncovered was a pretty exhilarating experience. He’d never done that kind of thing before so he was an open book, we talked for an hour, he gave all sorts of insights, we related on many levels, it was a treat to meet someone who loves football that much. The sport that started it all: I played soccer and tennis growing up always following sports obsessively. What really took things to the next level was basketball which I picked up starting high school, I practiced all the time, joined the team, and played all four years. We were terrible but a great group of friends who are still close today. I struggled reading as a youngster and Slam magazine is where my love for reading really took off too. Maybe more than any basket I ever mad that’s the greatest thing hoops gave me