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Approximate Value Leaders: 2016-17 NBA Season

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. 


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