Plus-Minus 2002-03

A tool used by coaches for years, plus-minus is essentially the same as the statistic used to measure player performance in hockey. It has nothing to do with individual statistics. It is tied exclusively to a team's performance. While a player is on the floor, we record the score differential in terms of a gain (plus) or loss (minus). For example, if Player A enters the game with the score tied and leaves with the Pacers ahead by 6, he gets a Plus 6. Conversely, if he enters with the Pacers ahead by 12, and leaves with a 6-point lead, he gets a Minus-6. Those figures are compiled for every rotation of every player in every game. Presented below are the cumulative season plus-minus figures for each player as well as the team average, which makes it easier to see who is performing above - or below - the norm.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON (48-34)

PLAYER GAMES MINUTES PLUS-MINUS PER 48 MINS. PER GAME
Ron Artest 69 2,317 337 7.0 4.9
Tim Hardaway 10 127 45 17.0 4.5
Brad Miller 73 2,270 283 6.0 3.9
Team Average 82 3,981 286 3.4 3.5
Reggie Miller 70 2,117 209 4.7 3.0
Jermaine O'Neal 77 2,864 182 3.1 2.4
Jamaal Tinsley 73 2,237 148 3.2 2.0
Al Harrington 82 2,467 113 2.9 1.8
Primoz Brezec* 22 111 21 9.1 1.0
Erick Strickland 71 1,275 60 2.3 0.8
Austin Croshere 49 633 39 3.0 0.8
Jamison Brewer 10 80 8 4.8 0.8
Ron Mercer 72 1,671 28 0.8 0.4
Jeff Foster 77 802 -18 -1.1 -0.2
Jonathan Bender* 46 819 -13 -0.8 -0.3
Freddie Jones* 19 115 -16 -6.7 -0.8

*Injured list