Basketball Terms Ipsum

Word Lists: Basketball Terms

2p age; player age on february 1 of the given season. assist percentage (available since the 1964-65 season in the nba); the formula is 100 * ast / (((mp / (tm mp / 5)) * tm fg) - fg). assist percentage is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on on the floor. the formula is (award points) / (maximum number of award points). for example, in the 2002-03 mvp voting tim duncan had 962 points out of a possible 1190. his mvp award share is 962 / 1190 = 0.81. blocks (available since the 1973-74 season in the nba) defensive rating (available since the 1977-78 season in the nba); for players and teams it is points allowed per 100 posessions. this rating was developed by dean oliver, author of basketball on paper. i will point you to dean's book for complete details. field goal attempts (includes both 2-point field goal attempts and 3-point field goal attempts) free throw attempts g games games behind; the formula is ((first w - w) + (l - first l)) / 2, where first w and first l stand for wins and losses by the first place team, respectively. pythagorean losses; the formula is g - w pyth. mvp opponent srs tov% trb% tsa win shares; an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player. please see the article calculating win shares for more information. year.

2pa award share fg free throws gb pythagorean losses; the formula is g - w pyth. offensive rating (available since the 1977-78 season in the nba); for players it is points produced per 100 posessions, while for teams it is points scored per 100 possessions. this rating was developed by dean oliver, author of basketball on paper. i will point you to dean's book for complete details. orb orb% won-lost percentage; the formula is w / (w + l). ws the estimated probability that team a will defeat team b in a given matchup..

Assist percentage (available since the 1964-65 season in the nba); the formula is 100 * ast / (((mp / (tm mp / 5)) * tm fg) - fg). assist percentage is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on on the floor. defensive player of the year dws field goal percentage; the formula is fg / fga. field goal attempts (includes both 2-point field goal attempts and 3-point field goal attempts) ft free throws free throw attempts g games losses l pyth most valuable player pace player efficiency rating (available since the 1951-52 season); per is a rating developed by espn.com columnist john hollinger. in john's words, "the per sums up all a player's positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player's performance." please see the article calculating per for more information. also see vaa and var. steals (available since the 1973-74 season in the nba) steal percentage (available since the 1973-74 season in the nba); the formula is 100 * (stl * (tm mp / 5)) / (mp * opp poss). steal percentage is an estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while he was on the floor. wins over .500; the formula is (w - l) / 2. pythagorean wins; the formula is g * (tm pts14 / (tm pts14 + opp pts14)). the formula was obtained by fitting a logistic regression model with log(tm pts / opp pts) as the explanatory variable. using this formula for all baa, nba, and aba seasons, the root mean-square error (rmse) is 3.14 wins. using an exponent of 16.5 (a common choice), the rmse is 3.48 wins. (note: an exponent of 10 is used for the wnba.) w-l% ws/48.
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