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The way that the game of basketball is analyzed – from front offices, to coaches, to players, to media and fans – continues to improve as more data and advanced metrics become available.

For years, the statistics provided in the traditional box score – points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and shooting percentages – formed the basis for most conversations about the women’s game.

Of course, we had the eye test and could discuss what we saw on the floor, but when there are numbers available to back up (or refute) what we see when we watch the games, then it makes our analysis even stronger.

The launch of advanced stats for players, teams and individual games on WNBA.com is a step towards allowing us to analyze the game with a different lens. Read more about advanced stats here


See below for a list of advanced stats terms:

Assist Percentage (AST%) – The percentage of teammates field goals made that the player or team assisted.

Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO) – The number of assists for player or team compared to the number of turnovers they have committed

Block Percentage (BLK%)
– The percentage of team blocked shots by a player.

Defensive Pace (Def PACE) – The number of defensive possessions per 40 minutes for a team or player.

Defensive Rating (Def Rtg) – The number of points a team allows per 100 possessions.

Defensive Rebound Percentage (DREB%) – The percentage of available defensive rebounds a player or team grabbed while on the floor.

Effective Field Goal Percentage (EFG%) – Measures field goal percentage adjusting for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal. The formula is: (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA

Free Throw Attempt Rate (FTA Rate) – The ratio of free throws attempted per field goal attempted. The formula is: FTA / FGA

Net Rating (Net Rtg) – The difference in team points scored and allowed per 100 possessions.

Offensive Pace (Off PACE) – The number of offensive possessions per 40 minutes for a team or player.

Offensive Rating (Off Rtg) – The number of points a team scores per 100 possessions.

Offensive Rebound Percentage (OREB%) – The percentage of available offensive rebounds a player or team grabbed while on the floor.

Pace (PACE) – The number of possessions per 40 minutes for a team or player.

Percentage of Points Free Throws (%PTS FT) – The percentage of points that were scored on free throws.

Percentage of Points Three Pointers (%PTS 3PT) – The percentage of points that were scored on three-point field goals.

Percentage of Points Two Pointers (%PTS 2PT) – The percentage of points that were scored on two-point field goals.

Pie (PIE) – An estimate of the player’s statistical contributions while on the court in relation to the game totals. If all players and teams performed equally, player PIE Ratings would be 10% and teams would be 50%.

Possessions (POSS) – The number of team possessions while the player is on the court.

Rebound Percentage (REB%) – The percentage of available total rebounds a player or team grabbed while on the floor.

True Shooting Percentage (TS%) – A measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2 pointers, 3 pointers, and free throws. The formula is: Points / (FGA + 0.44*FTA)

Turnover Percentage (TOV%) – The number of turnovers a player or team averages per 100 possessions.

Turnover Ratio (TO) – Ratio The number of turnovers a player or team averages per 100 possessions.

Usage (USG%) – An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player when she is on the floor.