NBA Stat Central #12: Shots! Shots! Shots!

No, we’re not talking about Goldschlager or Jagermaister here. We’re also not talking about gun control. We’re talking about putting the ball in the basket from anywhere at any time. This version of NBA Stat Central is going to take a look at the most prolific shooters in the league and when they’re the most dangerous.

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We always hear about “clutch” shooters and those who do their best work late in games. What about those who start hot and establish a nice lead for their teams? Shouldn’t they get some credit, too?

All Stats Are For The 2012-13 Season

Most Field Goals In The First Quarter

Rk Player Season Tm G FG FGA FG% FGX 3P 3PA 3P% 3PX eFG% Ast’d %Ast’d
1 Kobe Bryant 2012-13 LAL 30 96 184 .522 88 18 45 .400 27 .571 37 .385
2 LeBron James 2012-13 MIA 30 93 166 .560 73 7 18 .389 11 .581 36 .387
3 Blake Griffin 2012-13 LAC 33 92 177 .520 85 0 1 .000 1 .520 54 .587
4 Carmelo Anthony 2012-13 NYK 26 91 171 .532 80 33 59 .559 26 .629 45 .495
5 Tony Parker 2012-13 SAS 33 90 152 .592 62 2 4 .500 2 .599 27 .300
6 Tim Duncan 2012-13 SAS 34 83 160 .519 77 0 0 0 .519 54 .651
7 Brook Lopez 2012-13 BRK 25 81 126 .643 45 0 0 0 .643 54 .667
8 LaMarcus Aldridge 2012-13 POR 29 80 157 .510 77 0 0 0 .510 38 .475
9 Al Jefferson 2012-13 UTA 32 77 164 .470 87 0 0 0 .470 29 .377
10 James Harden 2012-13 HOU 31 73 158 .462 85 10 41 .244 31 .494 18 .247
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

Not too surprising of a list here, with the notable exception of Brook Lopez. If the Brooklyn Nets went through Lopez throughout the game, how much better would they be? Lopez sees his shots decline throughout the game. He goes from 126 attempts in the first quarter to 71, 102 and 69 in respective quarters. Give him the ball!

Most Field Goals In The Second Quarter

Rk Player Season Tm G FG FGA FG% FGX 3P 3PA 3P% 3PX eFG% Ast’d %Ast’d
1 David Lee 2012-13 GSW 31 82 137 .599 55 0 0 0 .599 61 .744
2 Jamal Crawford 2012-13 LAC 32 81 164 .494 83 23 48 .479 25 .564 48 .593
3 Tim Duncan 2012-13 SAS 33 67 113 .593 46 2 2 1.000 0 .602 48 .716
4 Kobe Bryant 2012-13 LAL 31 66 141 .468 75 13 37 .351 24 .514 23 .348
5 Chris Bosh 2012-13 MIA 29 64 98 .653 34 1 5 .200 4 .658 45 .703
6 Kevin Durant 2012-13 OKC 31 64 126 .508 62 16 30 .533 14 .571 44 .688
7 Kevin Martin 2012-13 OKC 30 63 121 .521 58 27 56 .482 29 .632 45 .714
8 Carmelo Anthony 2012-13 NYK 26 62 138 .449 76 10 33 .303 23 .486 26 .419
9 James Harden 2012-13 HOU 30 61 135 .452 74 19 44 .432 25 .522 18 .295
10 Brandon Jennings 2012-13 MIL 29 60 128 .469 68 14 26 .538 12 .523 23 .383
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

The second quarter is often when the bench starts getting some bigger minutes, so it makes sense to see Jamal Crawford and Kevin Martin on the list. It’s interesting to see David Lee and Chris Bosh, though. Is it because the offense changes or the second-string centers aren’t nearly as good defensively against these guys? I’m going with the former.

Most Field Goals In The Third Quarter

Rk Player Season Tm G FG FGA FG% FGX 3P 3PA 3P% 3PX eFG% Ast’d %Ast’d
1 LeBron James 2012-13 MIA 30 99 177 .559 78 20 45 .444 25 .616 49 .495
2 Kobe Bryant 2012-13 LAL 31 82 182 .451 100 14 41 .341 27 .489 29 .354
3 Kevin Durant 2012-13 OKC 31 78 160 .488 82 18 45 .400 27 .544 47 .603
4 Thaddeus Young 2012-13 PHI 32 77 132 .583 55 0 0 0 .583 56 .727
5 Al Jefferson 2012-13 UTA 32 75 158 .475 83 0 0 0 .475 46 .613
6 Blake Griffin 2012-13 LAC 33 71 135 .526 64 1 4 .250 3 .530 50 .704
7 David West 2012-13 IND 32 70 145 .483 75 1 3 .333 2 .486 42 .600
8 DeMar DeRozan 2012-13 TOR 32 70 147 .476 77 5 15 .333 10 .493 40 .571
9 Russell Westbrook 2012-13 OKC 31 69 164 .421 95 15 41 .366 26 .466 16 .232
10 Greg Monroe 2012-13 DET 34 68 141 .482 73 0 0 0 .482 33 .485
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

Halftime is all about adjustments and taking advantage of mismatches. As we look at this list, it becomes apparent that the cream rises to the top with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Who would’ve thought Thaddeus Young would be there? Maybe Doug Collins is a Wizard (he did coach them, after all)?

Most Field Goals In The Fourth Quarter

Rk Player Season Tm G FG FGA FG% FGX 3P 3PA 3P% 3PX eFG% Ast’d %Ast’d
1 Kobe Bryant 2012-13 LAL 28 76 162 .469 86 21 57 .368 36 .534 30 .395
2 Kevin Durant 2012-13 OKC 26 72 135 .533 63 12 33 .364 21 .578 35 .486
3 Jamal Crawford 2012-13 LAC 33 72 164 .439 92 23 64 .359 41 .509 42 .583
4 J.R. Smith 2012-13 NYK 32 63 140 .450 77 16 47 .340 31 .507 22 .349
5 David Lee 2012-13 GSW 32 57 100 .570 43 0 0 0 .570 42 .737
6 Stephen Curry 2012-13 GSW 31 55 131 .420 76 25 60 .417 35 .515 31 .564
7 David West 2012-13 IND 28 55 107 .514 52 1 3 .333 2 .519 34 .618
8 LeBron James 2012-13 MIA 26 52 107 .486 55 12 28 .429 16 .542 15 .288
9 Andre Miller 2012-13 DEN 29 51 108 .472 57 2 12 .167 10 .481 11 .216
10 Ryan Anderson 2012-13 NOH 32 51 133 .383 82 27 72 .375 45 .485 35 .686
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

We talked about crunch time earlier and here we are. The names aren’t that surprising, as the players on this list are very offensively-centered players. However, take a look at some of those field goal percentages. Jamal Crawford at 43.9%? Stephen Curry at 42%? Ryan Anderson at 38.3%? Woof.

Most Field Goals In Overtime

Rk Player Season Tm G FG FGA FG% FGX 3P 3PA 3P% 3PX eFG% Ast’d %Ast’d
1 O.J. Mayo 2012-13 DAL 5 9 20 .450 11 2 8 .250 6 .500 2 .222
2 Tony Parker 2012-13 SAS 3 8 12 .667 4 0 2 .000 2 .667 1 .125
3 Damian Lillard 2012-13 POR 3 8 10 .800 2 4 6 .667 2 1.000 5 .625
4 DeMar DeRozan 2012-13 TOR 3 7 19 .368 12 0 4 .000 4 .368 5 .714
5 LeBron James 2012-13 MIA 3 7 11 .636 4 0 1 .000 1 .636 1 .143
6 Russell Westbrook 2012-13 OKC 3 6 10 .600 4 2 3 .667 1 .700 2 .333
7 Rajon Rondo 2012-13 BOS 5 5 10 .500 5 0 1 .000 1 .500 1 .200
8 LaMarcus Aldridge 2012-13 POR 4 5 9 .556 4 0 0 0 .556 3 .600
9 Will Bynum 2012-13 DET 1 5 12 .417 7 0 0 0 .417 1 .200
10 Nicolas Batum 2012-13 POR 3 5 7 .714 2 3 4 .750 1 .929 5 1.000
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

Not everyone plays equal amounts of overtime and the sample size isn’t that large, so we’ll have to take this one with a grain of salt. With that said, take a look at this list and what stands out? With the exception of Tony Parker (who is having one of his finest seasons), it’s all young guys. O.J. Mayo, Damian Lillard and crew have enough energy to go beyond 48 minutes.

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