Canada Basketball Analytics

WNBA Traditional Metrics

When you think traditional metrics, we think what are the top handful or two of metrics that when you have a quick 5 minutes to analyze a player’s performance this will give you a coles notes summary of how they performed within that game/season. Most of the metrics across the board are pretty consistent when you look at all of the different basketball leagues across the world, here are what we consider the basic metrics within the WNBA.

GP (Games Played): The number of games played

MIN (Minutes Played): The number of minutes played by a player or team

PTS (Points): The number of points scored

FGM (Field Goals Made): The number of field goals that a player or team has made. This includes both 2 pointers and 3 pointers

FGA (Field Goals Attempted): The number of field goals that a player or team has attempted. This includes both 2 pointers and 3 pointers

FG% (Field Goal Percentage): The percentage of field goal attempts that a player makes

Calculation: Field Goals Made / Field Goals Attempted

3PM (3 Pointers Made): The number of 3 point field goals that a player or team has made

3PA (3 Pointers Attempted): The number of 3 point field goals that a player or team has attempted

3P% (3 Point Percentage): The percentage of 3 point field goal attempts that a player makes

Calculation: 3 Pointers Made / 3 Pointers Attempted

FTM (Free Throw Made): The number of free throws that a player or team has made

FTA (Free Throw Attempted): The number of free throws that a player or team has attempted

FT% (Free Throw Percentage): The number of free throw attempts that a player or team has made

Calculation: Free Throw Made / Free Throw Attempted

OREB (Offensive Rebounds): The number of rebounds a player or team has collected while they were on offense

DREB (Defensive Rebounds): The number of rebounds a player or team has collected while they were on defense

REB (Rebounds): A rebound occurs when a player recovers the ball after a missed shot. This statistic is the number of total rebounds a player or team has collected on either offense or defense

AST (Assists): The number of assists – passes that lead directly to a made basket – by a player

STL (Steals): Number of times a defensive player or team takes the ball from a player on offense, causing a turnover

BLK (Blocks): A block occurs when an offensive player attempts a shot, and the defense player tips the ball, blocking their chance to score

TOV (Turnovers): A turnover occurs when the player or team on offense loses the ball to the defense

PF (Personal Fouls): The number of personal fouls a player or team committed

DD2 (Double Doubles): The number of double-doubles (double-digit number total in two of the five categories in a game) a player achieves

TD3 (Triple Doubles): The number of triple-doubles (double-digit number total in three of the five categories in a game) a player achieves