January 25, 2002, Newsletter Issue #42: PLAYER EFFICIENCY EVALUATION

Tip of the Week

A good way to show your team how effective they are being on offense and defense is with efficiency ratings. Individual efficiency can be determined simply by totaling a player`s points, assists, rebounds, and blocked shots minus turnovers. Comparisons between players can then be made by dividing that total by minutes played. However, some players contribute in ways that are not refelected in stats. The player that sets the screen, passes to the open man, blocks out, doesn`t let his man touch the ball or dives on the floor to cause a loose ball contributes greatly and is a player you may need to have on the floor. Make sure that you recognize his contributions and distribute playing time accordingly.
For your team offensive efficiency, take the number of points you score and divide by the number of possessions you had. You can count your possessions by adding the number of shots you took with your turnovers and number of times you went to the free throw line. Anything over .85 is a good offensive rating. Likewise, take the same numbers for your opponent. This tells you your defensive efficiency. Anything under .75 is good.
Using some of these formulas can help you put the players on the floor that gives your team the best chance for success.

About LifeTips

Now one of the top on-line publishers in the world, LifeTips offers tips to millions of monthly visitors. Our mission mission is to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Expert writers earn dough for what they know. And exclusive sponsors in each niche topic help us make-it-all happen.

Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Basketball Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Ray Lokar