Statistic: Usg (Usage Rate)

What is it?

  • Usage Rate or Usg is an estimate of the percentage of a team’s offensive possessions used by an individual player during his time on the floor. Field Goal Attempts, Turnovers, and Free Throw Attempts are the ways a player can “use” a possession.
  • Usage is calculated using the formula: 100 * ((FGA + 0.44 * FTA + TOV) * (Tm MP / 5)) / (MP * (Tm FGA + 0.44 * Tm FTA + Tm TOV)).

Why should I be interested?

  • Usage Rate gives you an excellent idea of a player’s role within his team’s offense. Player’s who takes lots of shot or spend a lot of time handling the ball will generally have high Usage rates. A low usage rate may indicate a player who is primarily a spot-up shooter, or defensive specialist.

Why should I be skeptical?

  • Don’t be skeptical, but be ready to use Usage Rate in conjunction with other statistics. Usage Rate is especially informative when combined with measures of offensive efficiency. It’s relatively easier for a player to be efficient offensively if he has a low Usage Rate. An ideal lead scorer is one who can maintain their efficiency despite a high Usage Rate.

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