Approximate Value (AV) is an advanced basketball statistics developed by Dean Oliver that is an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player.
It is calculated as:
- Credits = (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK - FG missed - FT missed - TO)
- AV = (Credits ^ 3/4)/21
The higher the number the better but can be compared to the following list to determine the type of season the player had:
- 20+: an exceptional MVP season.
- 17-18: a strong MVP candidate or an ordinary MVP season.
- 16:an MVP candidate.
- 15: a definite All-Star who is a marginal MVP candidate.
- 14: a probable All-Star.
- 13: a marginal All-Star.
- 12: a very fine season; an All-Star candidate.
- 11: an above average regular; an excellent player playing about 1800 minutes.
- 10: an average regular or a very good sixth man.
- 9: an average regular or a good sixth man.
- 8: a fair regular or an average sixth man.
- 6-7: an average bench player or a good player playing under 1500 minutes.
- 4-5: a player who plays about 1000 minutes and who doesn't deserve many more.
- 3 or less: usually indicate players who are unimpressive in limited playing time.
Note: This statistic is generally only used to review a season after completion as AV will be low during the season.