# What are plus/minus stats in basketball?

Plus−minus (+/−, ±, plus/minus) is a sports statistic used to measure a player’s impact on the game, represented by the difference between their team’s total scoring versus their opponent’s when the player is in the game.

## What is plus and minus in NBA stats?

Plus/Minus (PM): The PM stat is “Plus/Minus”, and reflects how the team did while that player is on the court. If a player has a +5 PM, it means his team outscored the opponent by 5 points while he was on the court. If he has a -3, then the opposing team outscored his team by 3 points while he was on the court.

#### Is a negative plus-minus good?

The plus minus stat is used to determine how often a player is on the ice when a goal is scored for the team versus against the team. A positive plus minus means that the player has been on for more goals scored than against, while a negative number means they have been on for more against.

## Is +/- a good stat in basketball?

Plus/minus captures the impact of great defense, selfless offense and every other hidden contribution that can change the course of a game. So what’s the issue? Well, a player’s plus/minus score bounces around a lot from night to night, so you can’t use it to evaluate a guy after just a few appearances.

## What is the most important stat in basketball?

• Effective field goal percentage (eFG%)
• True shooting percentage (TS%)
• Player efficiency rating (PER)
• Offensive and defensive rating (ORtg, DRtg)

## What does a players plus-minus mean?

A player is awarded a “plus” each time he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s “plus-minus” statistic.

## How is plus-minus calculated?

The plus–minus rating is calculated by dividing the number of skaters on the ice for the team scored upon by the number of skaters on the ice for the scoring team, applied as a plus to all players (including goaltenders) on the ice for the scoring team and as a minus for all players (including goaltenders) on the ice

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