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Game by Game plus/minus Won-Lost records

Plus/Minus stats are certainly becoming more in vogue among NBA insiders, but one drawback is that they don't represent consistency very well. A player could be +25 one night, and then follow up with -5, -7, -3 scores in the next three games and still show a healthy +10 overall net. Another way to look at how the team fares with the player on court is by assigning a "Win" to any game where the team was on the positive side of the +/- ledger with the player, and a "Loss" for any game with a negative +/- score.

We have revised these numbers to reflect out new policy of "continuation" accounting of on court events. Using this metric, here's the Regular Season leaders in plus/minus W-L percentage:

[Minimum: 40 decisions]
Rank
Player
Team
+/-
W
L
W%
1
 Cassell
MIN
+538
62
16
79.5%
2
 Duncan
SAS
+548
51
14
78.5%
3
 Garnett
MIN
+617
62
19
76.5%
4
 Artest
IND
+483
54
17
76.1%
5
 O'Neal
LAL
+436
50
16
75.8%
6
 Miller
SAC
+497
50
16
75.8%
7
 Billups
DET
+408
55
19
74.3%
8
 Sprewell
MIN
+408
58
21
73.4%
9
 Tinsley
IND
+333
37
14
72.5%
10
 Foster
IND
+448
58
23
71.6%
11
 O'Neal
IND
+442
55
22
71.4%
12
 Finley
DAL
+267
50
20
71.4%
13
 Parker
SAS
+398
50
20
71.4%
14
 Stojakovic
SAC
+421
56
23
70.9%
15
 Wallace
DET
+431
56
24
70.0%
16
 Bryant
LAL
+312
44
19
69.8%
17
 Hamilton
DET
+391
52
23
69.3%
18
 Turkoglu
SAS
+470
55
25
68.8%
19
 Ginobili
SAS
+410
50
23
68.5%
20
 Miller
IND
+503
54
25
68.4%
21
 Hassell
MIN
+295
53
26
67.1%
22
 Nene
DEN
+283
49
25
66.2%
23
 Nowitzki
DAL
+409
50
26
65.8%
24
 Olowokandi
MIN
+164
28
15
65.1%
25
 Bibby
SAC
+331
51
28
64.6%
26
 Payton
LAL
+331
52
29
64.2%
27
 Malone
LAL
+222
26
15
63.4%
28
 Nesterovic
SAS
+279
50
29
63.3%
29
 Okur
DET
+255
43
25
63.2%
30
 Christie
SAC
+369
49
29
62.8%

Garnett took the overall title for most significant on court versus off court influence, but it's his teammate Sam Cassell who takes home the prize in the game by game plus minus "Won-Lost" arena.

There was tough competition down the stretch as Tim Duncan in particular closed strong, but at the stratospheric levels of the top guys, Cassell was the best.

There's no doubt that these players are some of the NBA's best, and should be commended for their night in, night out effort.

Of course these WL records are biased in favor of players on very good teams, and so we will produce in the ensuing weeks an "adjusted" version that takes into account the overall team record. The top WL player on a team with an overall losing record? That would be Brian Cardinal who posted a magnificent 42-30 (58%) mark for the Warriors who finished at 37-45.


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