Dec 13, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts against the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunders won 122-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Stats Nerd's Top Scorers -- December 20th


So I am going to try to post these top scorers rankings every couple of weeks now. For those new to the rankings system, these are the most efficient scorers — by way of True Shooting Percentage — who can be considered first or second options, or players who are the go to guy coming off the bench in a sixth man type role. To make sure the players fit into that particular criteria, in order for a player to qualify they must have played at least 13 games, 20 minutes per game, and have a usage rate of at least 20 percent. I go in depth on the True Shooting Percentage statistic and the reason for those filters in previous Stat Central articles. All that being said, here are this week’s rankings:

Rk Player G MP TS% USG% MP
1 LeBron James 25 888 0.681 29.6 35.52
2 Brook Lopez 16 489 0.641 26.8 30.56
3 Jeremy Lin 18 518 0.637 21.5 28.78
4 Kevin Durant 24 914 0.622 30.1 38.08
5 Stephen Curry 23 858 0.603 28.8 37.30
6 Dirk Nowitzki 24 778 0.602 26.2 32.42
7 Dwight Howard 26 873 0.598 23.5 33.58
8 J.J. Redick 17 479 0.598 22.5 28.18
9 Chris Bosh 24 691 0.595 22.3 28.79
10 James Harden 22 852 0.595 27.8 38.73
11 Isaiah Thomas 24 730 0.595 27.2 30.42
12 Goran Dragic 21 740 0.593 23.6 35.24
13 Paul George 25 927 0.592 28.3 37.08
14 Arron Afflalo 25 941 0.590 24.5 37.64
15 Manu Ginobili 25 580 0.589 23.1 23.20
16 Chris Paul 26 898 0.588 24.7 34.54
17 Dwyane Wade 19 641 0.588 28.4 33.74
18 Eric Bledsoe 18 621 0.587 25.8 34.50
19 Jon Leuer 16 323 0.587 21.1 20.19
20 Klay Thompson 26 993 0.584 22.2 38.19
21 Marcus Morris 24 548 0.580 20.5 22.83
22 Ryan Anderson 15 542 0.579 23.7 36.13
23 Kevin Love 25 901 0.578 28.3 36.04
24 Al Horford 26 859 0.574 24.7 33.04
25 Damian Lillard 27 973 0.571 25.1 36.04

Other Noteworthy Players: Ryan Anderson has made his way onto the list (23rd), but there are now a few other players who just barely missed the cut because they did not meet minimum requirements. Chandler Parsons has 60.8 True Shooting Percentage — which would tie Stephen Curry’s 5th ranked figure — but his usage rate (19.3 percent) just missed the minimum usage rate. Also, Spencer Hawes‘  59.4 percentage would rank 12th, but Hawes only has a 19.4 usage rate.

Other Notes: As the season is going on, the rankings are starting to skew towards the predictable. The presence of players like Tony Allen and Boris Diaw (who is still a really good scorer) is quickly fleeting and this week the only name that really stands out is Jon Leuer at 20th. As the season starts to find its groove you could expect this list to become even more accurate with larger sample sizes. That LeBron James guy will probably always be at the top, though.

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