How to read NBA statistics

Ever head to NBA.com, maybe ESPN.com to check out your favorite basketball players statistics, or the statistics of your favorite team, but struggle to comprehend what they mean? Maybe the acronyms are a bit complicated or the statistics just don’t mbgake much sense to you. After you read this blog post I can be sure that you will be more confident next time you head to one of these websites in an attempt to read Lebron James’s statistics or the New Orleans Pelicans team statistics.

 

Scoring statistics

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GP= Games Played (How many games they have played in a specific season)
MPG= Minutes played, per game
PTS= Average points scored per game. Also called PPG.
FGM-FGA= An average of shots made vs. shots attempted
FG%= An average of shots made
3PM-3PA= An average of 3 pointers made vs. 3 pointers attempted
3P%= An average of 3 pointers made
FTM-FTA= An average of three throws made vs. free throws attempted
FT%= An average of free throws made

Rebounding statistics

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OFF= Total offenses rebounds made during the season
ORPG= An average of offensive rebounds per game
DEF= Total defensive rebounds made during the season
DRPG= An average of defensive rebounds per game
REB= Total rebounds (offensive & defensive) made during the season
RPG= An average of total rebounds (offensive & defensive) per game
RP48= Amount of rebounds per 48 minutes

Team statistics (standings)

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W= Wins
L= Losses
PCT= Percentage of wins
GB= Games back from 1st place
Home= Home Record
Road= Road (away) Record
Division= Record playing against divisional opponents
Conference= Record playing against conference opponents
PPG= An average of teams total points per game
OPP PPG= An average of the opponents ppg against the team
DIFF= Differential in scoring
Streak= How many games won in a row or lost
L10= Record in a teams last 10 games

I hope this how-to-instruction-guide to reading NBA statistics helped you become more confident the next time you go to read your favorite players or teams statistics.

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