This page gives you definitions of some of the advanced stats you see out there. The NBA leader is intended to give you a perspective as to what a ‘good’ number looks like. Obviously, these numbers are over the course of at least 70 games and a single game number could fluctuate quite a bit.

A few things to note about these stats in general:

  • You can have true shooting percentages and effective field goal percentages OVER 100%. If you make a number of three-pointers at a high percentage then in both cases your point total would outweigh your shots taken and put you over 100%

TS% = True Shooting Percentage

This gives you a measure of the points you’re scoring vs the number of shots taken from both the field and free throw line. The free throw line is slightly downgraded because it is a higher percentage but uncontested shot.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz 69.9%

eFG% = Effective Field Goal Percentage

Three points shots are worth one point more but are generally a lower percentage shot. This gives the three point shot the appropriate weight in order to show how effective you are with the shot you take. If you take and make a number of threes, you’re certainly more effective with your shooting than you would be making the same number of twos.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Dwight Howard, LA Lakers 73.5%

ORB% = Offensive Rebound Percentage

The percentage of available offensive rebounds grabbed by a player while he/she was on the floor.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers 15.9%

DRB% = Defensive Rebound Percentage

The percentage of available defensive rebounds grabbed by a player while he/she was on the floor

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Hassan Whiteside, Portland 33.3%

TRB% = Total Rebound Percentage

The percentage of available rebounds grabbed by a player while he/she was on the floor.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Hassan Whiteside, Portland 23.6%

AST% = Assist Percentage

The percentage of all field goal attempts a player assisted on while he/she was on the floor.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): LeBron James, LA Lakers  49.1%

STL% = Steal Percentage

The percentage of team’s steals that a player has while on the court.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Dejounte Murray, San Antonio 3.1%

BLK% = Block Percentage

The percentage of opponent two-point FGA blocked by this player while he/she was on the floor.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Hassan Whiteside, Portland 8.4%

TOV% = Turnover Percentage

An estimate of turnovers per 100 plays

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): Langston Galloway, Detroit 6.5%

USG% = Usage Percentage

An estimate of the percentage of team plays used where the player contributed in some way while he/she was on the floor.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): James Harden, Houston 36.3%

Efficiency

Computes the overall value of players by factoring in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and discounting missed shots, missed free throws and turnovers.

2019-20 NBA Leader (min 65 games): James Harden, Houston 29.1