5 Stats You Can’t Live Without This Season

Our bas­ket­ball stats will help you find the most effi­cient line­ups and plays. 

5 Stats You Can’t Live Without This Season

Our bas­ket­ball stats will help you find the most effi­cient line­ups and plays. 

Even as bas­ket­ball ana­lyt­ics con­tin­ue to grow in pop­u­lar­i­ty, you might still think insights from data are exclu­sive to teams with big bud­gets and full-time ana­lysts. But tools like Hudl Assist bring that knowl­edge to bas­ket­ball teams across dif­fer­ent lev­els of play. And with our new, high­ly request­ed stats, coach­es can make even more informed deci­sions and bet­ter game plans.

1. Minutes Played

When you know how long a play­er has been on the floor in real” time, you can uncov­er their true impact. Minutes played is based on tagged data, sub­sti­tu­tions and the moments that start and stop the clock through­out the game.

Its impor­tance might seem obvi­ous — if you can’t get on the court, you can’t pro­duce. But the deep­er val­ue of this stat comes when com­bined with oth­ers. How do you make sure your play­ers max­i­mize their court time? Minutes played makes it eas­i­er to deter­mine addi­tion­al stats that mea­sure a player’s effi­cien­cy on a per-minute basis. If your back­up cen­ter comes in and has low min­utes played but a high num­ber of rebounds, you can see he’s effi­cient and poten­tial­ly get him on the court more often. 

2. Lineup Data

You can track valu­able stats like the Four Factors and VPS on team and indi­vid­ual lev­els. But what if you want to see how effec­tive your five play­ers on the court are in spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tions? That’s where line­up data comes in. This stat was added at the end of last sea­son to help you see the chem­istry between play­ers and devel­op your most effi­cient lineups.

To get line­up data when you tag your game, just select your starters for the game and keep track of sub­sti­tu­tions as they hap­pen. If you plan to use Assist, don’t wor­ry — we’ll track sub­sti­tu­tions for you. All that infor­ma­tion will auto­mat­i­cal­ly pull in your reports for you to analyze. 

This isn’t lim­it­ed to your team — you can also use this to see what your oppo­nents do when cer­tain groups are on the floor.

3. Plus-Minus

This new stat shows how the team per­forms when a cer­tain play­er is on the court. Plus-minus shows whether that player’s team outscores the oppo­nent or is outscored them­selves. It goes beyond the tra­di­tion­al stats to paint a com­plete pic­ture of a player’s contribution.

Plus-minus is cal­cu­lat­ed as the points scored for a team, minus the points against. You can see it for a spe­cif­ic peri­od or across mul­ti­ple games. It’s a focus stat at NBA and col­lege lev­els because it helps to uncov­er the play­ers that con­tribute, not just score. 

A great exam­ple of this was in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Cleveland lead through­out the entire game and LeBron’s plus-minus was +7 in 46 min­utes of action. Flash for­ward to the two min­utes he was off the court. They were outscored by twelve and Golden State went on a 11 – 0 run late in the game to win. The Cavs’ per­for­mance was worse with­out LeBron and end­ed up being a game-changer. 

4. Baseline and Sideline Out-of-Bounds

Use base­line and side­line out-of-bounds to see how often you inbound­ed the ball, how effi­cient you were at pro­duc­ing points from those plays, and how many total points you gained from them. These are the moments to track so you know what your go-to play will be with ten sec­onds left on the clock. 

You can also use this to exam­ine your oppo­nents’ plays, ana­lyze their offen­sive game plan and take advan­tage of that knowl­edge. Filter and save the clips as a playlist to share with your team dur­ing a review session.

5. Custom Tags

Now you can input your own infor­ma­tion as a tag to track what mat­ters most to your team. We’ve seen coach­es use these in a vari­ety of ways, from adding extra infor­ma­tion about what hap­pened in a pos­ses­sion to giv­ing shot qual­i­ty rat­ings or label­ing offen­sive plays.

You can fil­ter for each side­line out-of-bounds play you ran, then add a cus­tom tag with the name of the play. This will help you gain addi­tion­al insights into which plays did the most for your team. Or maybe you want to ana­lyze every screen — was it an on-ball or off-ball screen? Add a cus­tom tag to describe how it was defend­ed and its suc­cess. Use cus­tom tags to track the infor­ma­tion that could help your team improve. 

You have access to all of these stats whether you tag games your­self or take advan­tage of the time-saver Hudl Assist. Take advan­tage of the insights data can pro­vide as you pre­pare for your oppo­nents or scout your own team. Or dive even deep­er and watch our recent online class, Unlock NBA-Level Analytics for Your Team