I’m always excited when Basketball-Reference adds to their site – it’s newsworthy to me – and it looks like they just added a new individual statistics table today called “Per 100 Poss.”
I believe it takes a player’s per possession average and estimates it over 100 possessions.
This would be another way to compare players over eras (or within eras) where the pace of play is different.
For example, the 2014 Heat averaged around 91.2 possessions per 48 minutes whereas Larry Bird’s 1981-82 Boston Celtics averaged 101.5 possessions per 48 minutes, etc.
Now, it doesn’t look like we can search for specific Per 100 Poss seasons in Basketball-Reference’s “Season Finder” search tool yet – either that or I’m just missing something. But I’m sure the results there would give us some surprising (and not so surprising) findings.
What isn’t surprising is LeBron’s Per 100 Possession numbers. There are a few triple double seasons in there.
Here’s a look at LeBron’s new table (and Bird’s for a fun comparison):
LeBron James Career Per 100 Possession Averages
Larry Bird Career Per 100 Possession Averages
We’ll be able to glean more from these numbers after we spend more time with them – but right now I have bigger fish to fry and must get back to pondering the NBA Finals on the toilet.