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 2017-2018 season, Tyus Battle of Syracuse played in 96.2% of all minutes. This was good for 1st in the country.
Battle played 1443 total minutes of a possible 1500 minutes.
%Min = 1443 / 1500 = 0.962 x 100
How does this compare to minutes per game?
Syracuse played in 37 games in 2017-2018. Battle played a total of 39.0 minutes per game.
96.2% of 40 minutes is roughly 38.5 minutes per game.
Why is the percentage of minutes slightly higher?
Because Syracuse played 3 overtime games, including one double-overtime game. These games added 20 minutes to the possible minutes Battle 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, Tyus Battle was used on 26.2% of Syracuse possessions in the 2017-2018 season.