Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) dunks against the New York Knicks during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Rockets beat the Knicks 109-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Stat Nerds' Top Scorers - December 6th

Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo has been one of the league’s most efficient scorers (4). Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Last week I posted a list of the top 25 scorers in basketball based on the true shooting percentage statistic. The statistic accurately estimates the amount of points a player scores on any particular scoring try and because of this is probably the most telling scoring efficiency stat around. There are a couple of sample size shortcomings but these are quite easy to handle with the proper filters. That is, these are the top 25 true shooting percentage players that have played in at least half of the most games played this season, play at least 20 minutes per game, and have usage rate over 20 percent (I explained all of this in much more depth in last week’s article and in this article from my Rethinking Basketball Statistics series). But for now here are the top scorers in basketball going into last night’s games, nerd style:

 

Rk Player TS% USG% G MPG
1 LeBron James 0.690 29.8 18 35.56
2 Jeremy Lin 0.641 21.8 16 30.13
3 Boris Diaw 0.625 19.9 17 22.94
4 Chris Bosh 0.618 21.7 17 28.59
5 Arron Afflalo 0.617 24.8 18 37.17
6 Klay Thompson 0.613 22.7 19 37.79
7 Brook Lopez 0.610 27.4 11 28.91
8 Trevor Ariza 0.604 19.7 13 35.23
9 Spencer Hawes 0.604 19.7 17 33.29
10 Kevin Durant 0.602 30.5 17 39.12
11 Dirk Nowitzki 0.600 26.1 20 32.45
12 J.J. Redick 0.598 22.2 17 28.18
13 Eric Bledsoe 0.597 25.6 13 34.00
14 James Harden 0.595 27.4 16 38.69
15 Stephen Curry 0.594 28.2 16 36.06
16 Andrew Nicholson 0.589 20.0 18 20.56
17 Paul George 0.586 29.4 19 36.53
18 Isaiah Thomas 0.586 28.7 16 27.56
19 Goran Dragic 0.583 23.6 16 34.56
20 Tony Allen 0.581 20.1 16 25.31
21 Marcus Morris 0.578 20.9 19 22.79
22 Nikola Vucevic 0.577 20.8 17 33.24
23 Dwyane Wade 0.576 27.5 14 33.71
24 Blake Griffin 0.575 25.5 19 36.89
25 Dwight Howard 0.575 23.2 20 33.25

Others Noteworthy: Again Ryan Anderson would rank towards the top of the list (2nd) if he had logged enough games.

Other Notes: We can already see the list skewing towards regular expectations and we should expect some of the more surprising names (Tony Allen?) to find their way off the list soon. Also, I am going to try to trot out another stats piece with some more meat on it this weekend. For now, enjoy.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo Advanced Stats Jeremy Lin Lebron James NBA Ryan Anderson Stats

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