Pythagorean win percentage is an estimation of where a team’s win percentage “should” be based only on their points for and against.
Bill James invented it for baseball and later adapted to other sports such as basketball.
Daryl Morley is credited with being the first to adopt the concept to basketball, using the exponent 13.91. Basketball statistician John Hollinger applied the formula to basketball using the exponent 16.5.
Pythagorean win percentage is often close to the actual result of a team’s performance in the regular season.
Pythagorean Win Percentage is calculated as:
A team’s statistics show that over 56 games 4872 points for and 4517 points against. The exponent used for this example will be 13.91.
Therefore, the pythagorean win percentage predicts that this teams’s win percentage should be 61.54%.
- Wikipedia – Pythagorean Expectation
- Steven J. Miller – A Derivation of the Pythagorean Win-Loss Formula in Baseball
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