Team Possessions Calculator (Basketball)

Team Possessions Calculator


What are Team Possessions?

Steal percentage is a metric that is intended to highlight the percentage of opponent team possessions that end with a steal by a specific player.

How to calculate Steal Percentage

Steal Percentage is calculated as:
\frac{\text{Player Steals} \times \frac{\text{Team Minutes Played}}{5}}{\text{Player Minutes Played}\times\text{Opponent Team Possessions}}


A player has 2 steals and 39 minutes played, on a team that has a total of 240 team minutes (48 minute game with 5 players). The opposing team has had 94 possessions in this time.
\text{Steal Percentage} = \frac{2 \times \frac{240}{5}}{41 \times 94}
\text{Steal Percentage} = \frac{2 \times 48}{3854}
\text{Steal Percentage} = \frac{96}{3854}
\text{Steal Percentage} = 0.249
Therefore, the player’s steal percentage would be 0.249, 2.49% of total opponent possessions.

What is a steal in basketball?

A steal happens when a defensive player causes a turnover by his positive actions (as long as they are legal).
Steals are credited with the player who caused the turnover, even if they are not the individual that takes possession of the ball.
At the time a steal is credited, the offensive player who lost control of the ball is credited with a turnover as well.

What is possession in basketball?

Possess is when a team obtains control of the basketball.
That session of possession ends when they lose possession of the ball – either through scoring, losing the ball, or committing a foul or game violation.

What are minutes played in basketball?

A minute played is the time that a player is on the court during active game play.
Team minutes are the total minutes played for all 5 players on a team – a 48 minute basketball game is frequently recorded as 240 “team minutes played”

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