Minutes played measures how often a player is on the floor per game. This stat doesn't factor in overtime games, so it can be a bit misleading.
KenPom uses a percentage of possible minutes played to account for overtime periods.
(%Min) = Minutes played / Possible Amount of Minutes
In the 2016-2017 season, Andrew White III of Syracuse played in 92.4% of all minutes. This was good for 6th in the country.
White played 1266 total minutes of a possible 1370 minutes.
%Min = 1266 / 1370 = 0.9241 x 100
How does this compare to minutes per game?
Syracuse played in 34 games in 2016-2017. White played a total of 37.2 minutes per game.
92% of 40 minutes is roughly 36.8 minutes per game.
Why is the percentage of minutes slightly higher?
Because Syracuse played 2 overtime games. These games added 10 minutes to the possible minutes White could have played.
What about injuries?
This stat doesn't factor in injuries. It's impossible to predict and measure an injury. The total number of games played by the individual can give a better idea of how those minutes are spread out.
When a player is on the court, how involved is the player on the offensive end of the court?
The answer is a player's percentage of possessions used (%Poss). It's calculated by giving credit or blame to a player when their actions end a possession.
A few different ways a possession can end:
(%Poss) = Possessions Ended / Total Possessions
Following the same example, Andrew White III was used on 21.0% of Syracuse possessions in the 2016-2017 season.