Plus/minus statistic gaining acceptance
A nice-looking line in the boxscore is great, but it doesn't necessarily indicate how the team fared when that player was on the court.
In recent years, there has been an increased acceptance of sabermetrics and unconventional statistics in baseball. And now NBA teams such as the Mavericks, Pacers, 76ers and SuperSonics are beginning to delve into innovative statistics for basketball, as well.
Among the statistics beginning to gain some traction in NBA circles is plus/minus.