nba 500?

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|always hear players, coaches, commentators talking about reaching the 500 mark. What exactyly is the 500 mark?

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They mean a 500 win percentage...to get to 500 means their record is 50/50 or something...uner 500 would be 45/55, etc.

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Also, whenever people refer to being "xx number of games over .500" it's usually incorrect. If a team is 60-40, they are not 20 games over .500 but 10, since if they had lost 10 of those games they would be 50-50, or .500.

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if they are 20 games above .500 and they lose 10 games, they will be 10 games above .500. so, how's losing 10 games put them at .500?

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if they are 20 games above .500 and they lose 10 games, they will be 10 games above .500.  so, how's losing 10 games put them at .500?

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What I'm saying is if they had lost 10 more of those games they'd be at .500 instead of 60-40. Not that it's a very good example in this case since the NBA season is only 82 games, but you get the idea.

I guess your example is how they figure it out though, I hadn't thought of that.