Similarity Scores

Similarity Scores

Similarity scores are not my concept. Bill James introduced them nearly 15 years ago for baseball, and I have attempted to translate it for basketball. To compare one player to another, start at 1000 points and then you subtract points based on the statistical differences of each player.

Post 2003-2004 Players

  • One point for each difference of 3 points scored
  • One point for each difference of 3 assists
  • One point for each difference of 3 rebounds
  • One point for each difference of 5 steals
  • One point for each difference of 5 blocks
  • One point for each difference of 3 turnovers
  • One point for each difference of 1 foul out

Post 2006-2007 Players

  • One point for each difference of 2 offensive rebounds
  • One point for each difference of .01 in fg %
  • One point for each difference of .01 in 3pt %
  • One point for each difference of .02 in ft %
  • One point for each difference of 25 minutes played

There is also a position adjustment made...

  • If the player plays the same position, subtract 0 points
  • If the player plays a different position, subtract 10 points

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