Record updated: 2016-04-18 20:20

Players have 13 different skills. Usually they are in interval from 1 to 14 but actually there is no upper limit. According to these skills and player's experience, player's strength rate (RT) is calculated. According to the value of RT one can refer to which player is better. However, when purchasing a player all his skills should be considered. Some skills are more important if you are looking for a defensive player and the other if you are looking for a shooter.

Each player has different potential for each skill. Player can have bigger potential for some skills and smaller - for the others (for example, the skill of the speed may improve much faster than the skill of Passing). Value of skill's potential can range from -50% to +100%. It shows percentage by which skill improves slower or faster than it would improve depending only on other criteria (age, general player's potential, coaches, playing time...) Skills' potentials are not visible. They can be anticipated by observing training results or using scouts' analysis.

Athletic skills (shows players' physical features):

Athletic skills also depend on players' physical features (height). Even if small player and tall player have the same jumping (or speed) skill's values, small player will still have better jumping ability (or speed). On the contrary, if small player and tall player have the same toughness skill's values, the tall player will be tougher than the small player.

  • Jumping - the better the skill, the higher player can jump. This helps in both: defence and offence. Good jumping skill helps to get rebounds, defend opponent's shots, such players are more difficult to defend for the opponents (make dunks, jump shots).
  • Speed - how fast the player can move in the playing-field. Speed helps in making fast breaks and quickly returning to the defence. It also helps when playing one on one against a slower opponent.
  • Toughness - describes the strength of the player. Toughness helps when there is contact with opponent: fighting for better position in the low post, setting screens, driving to the basket.

Accuracy skills:

  • Free throw - how well the player can throw from the free throw line;
  • Close-range shots - how good the player is at making close-range shots. It includes various movements, hook shots, etc.;
  • Mid-range shots - how good the player is at making mid-range shots. It includes moving shots, shooting after received pass, etc.;
  • Three pointers - how well the player can attack from 3-point line.

Defence skills:

  • Rebounding - describes how well the player can rebound the balls. This skill describes how well the player feels where the ball is going to fall, rather than the possibility for the player to rebound it (depends also on other skills).
  • Contesting shots - how good the player is at defending shots. It is: proper reaction to fake moves before shot, impeding shot conditions, ability to block shots, etc.
  • Defence IQ - how good the player is when defending player with the ball (before opponent decides to shoot - when dribbling, passing) and also to defend player without ball (disturbing to catch the pass, not leaving unguarded).

Offence skills:

  • Dribbling - describes how well the player can dribble the ball. The skill is especially useful for small players. It helps to avoid turnovers, beat the defender and quickly dribble down the court.
  • Passing -  describes the ability to pass the ball to the teammates. This skill helps to make assists, as well as to avoid turnovers.
  • Offence IQ - how well player understands and reacts to various situations in offence. It describes player's knowledge how to find better position, make better pass, etc. This skill is important not only for play-makers.

Experience – plays an important role during the the last minutes of the match, when playing with strong opponents, etc. Experience helps to avoid turnovers during important moments of the match, properly defend and attack, not to panic.
Players' experience grows depending on the playing time in court and the opponents. The player has to play at least 8 minutes against the same strength opponent or 4 minutes against twice stronger opponent, so that his experience grew.

Shape - describes player's readiness to do sports at the mean time. It depends on the intensity of exercises and playing time in court during the match.