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Demystifying the NBA Plus-Minus Stat

With the Portland Trail Blazers on a downward slide at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, plenty of questions are coming up regarding talent and suitability of players on their roster. Among the usual assortment came this one, regarding one of the means sometimes used to assess players: the plus/minus stat. It had applicability when it was asked, but has become a hot-button topic over the weekend, so let’s get to it.

Dave, on a social media story about {Dalano] Blanton’s scoring against Houston, I noted that he was also -25 for the game, and that ANT has a lot of games where he is -20 or worse.