Basketball Reference Introduces “Roster Continuity” Stat, Sixers Unsurprisingly in Last

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Today, stat-paradise Basketball Reference introduced some new metrics: “Roster Status” and “Roster Continuity.” The roster status page attempts to show a given player’s year in summation based on how much they contributed (based on games played as starter, reserve, DNPs, and suspensions). But that’s not what we’re looking at here. Here’s how Bball Ref defines roster continuity:

Roster continuity is calculated as the % of a team’s regular season minutes that were filled by players from the previous season’s roster.

Well, right off the bat I know that doesn’t look great for the Sixers. This year’s squad posted a roster continuity of 29%, the lowest in the NBA this season by at least nine percentage points. The only team in Sixers history that had a worse roster continuity was, of course, the 9-73 Sixers of 1972-73 (26% in a year when the next lowest team had 46%). Last year’s team – 2013-2014 – fared better (barely) with 37% — before Hinkie could fully do his damage — and was second to Milwaukee’s 24%.

The metric doesn’t directly show anything about the ability of the team per se (Cleveland, Dallas, and Houston all had sub 50% roster continuity but made the playoffs) but it certainly shows you which front offices are the most active. Wonder what the Eagles’ will look like next year.

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