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 2015-2016 season, Cat Barber of NC State played in 96.1% of all minutes for the Wolfpack. This was good for 2nd in the country.
Barber played 1278 total minutes of a possible 1330 minutes.
%Min = 1278 / 1330 = 0.9609 x 100
How does this compare to minutes per game?
NC State played in 33 games in 2015-2016. Barber played a total of 38.7 minutes per game.
96% of 40 minutes is roughly 38.4 minutes per game.
Why is the percentage of minutes slightly lower?
Because NC State played 2 overtime games. These games added 10 minutes to the possible minutes Barber 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, Cat Barber was used on 29.6% of NC State possessions in 2015-2016. This ranks 46th in the country amongst Division-I players in 2015-2016.
Remember Barber played 96% of minutes for the Wolfpack. He also lead the team in several other offensive categories, which points to him being used in a large percentage of the team's possessions.