Feb 14, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Stat Nerd’s Top Scorers — Dec. 31


Apr 21, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the second half during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With the new year just around the corner, this seems like as good a time as any to check in our biweekly top scorers rankings. For those new to the rankings, we use True Shooting Percentage to rank a player’s ability to score the basketball. We weed out the low volume scorers by filtering out players who have played less than half of potential games (16), have a usage rate less than 20 percent and play less than 20 minutes per game. I have written on the True Shooting Percentage statistic and the reasoning behind the filters in previous articles. Let’s check out the rankings:

Rk Player TS% G MPG USG%
1 LeBron James 0.673 29 36.00 29.2
2 Kevin Durant 0.629 30 37.77 30.1
3 Brook Lopez 0.629 17 31.35 26.8
4 Arron Afflalo 0.609 29 37.83 24.1
5 Paul George 0.606 29 36.41 28.0
6 Jeremy Lin 0.606 23 29.74 21.7
7 Manu Ginobili 0.602 30 23.83 23.4
8 Chris Bosh 0.601 29 29.38 23.7
9 Dirk Nowitzki 0.601 29 32.83 26.5
10 Isaiah Thomas 0.601 29 31.76 26.3
11 J.J. Redick 0.598 17 28.18 22.4
12 Eric Bledsoe 0.596 23 33.57 24.6
13 Dwight Howard 0.596 33 33.48 24.3
14 Kevin Love 0.595 29 36.34 28.0
15 James Harden 0.589 27 38.52 27.3
16 Al Horford 0.588 29 33.03 24.6
17 Tim Hardaway 0.586 29 19.59 19.9
18 Gerald Green 0.584 29 26.48 21.1
19 Dwyane Wade 0.582 22 33.82 28.3
20 Goran Dragic 0.581 26 35.00 23.0
21 Marcus Morris 0.581 29 22.86 20.7
22 Stephen Curry 0.578 29 37.62 28.2
23 Chris Paul 0.577 31 35.29 24.9
24 Damian Lillard 0.576 30 36.23 24.8
25 Blake Griffin 0.574 32 36.63 26.7

Others To Note: Chandler Parsons and Spencer Hawes again just barely missed the mark with usage rates just less than 19.5. Jordan Hill also joins Parsons and Hawes just barely missing the usage rate cut but earning a 60.7 True Shooting Percentage.  Also, Anthony Davis almost made the list, earning a 57.2 True Shooting Percentage — just 0.2 points below Blake Griffin at 25.

Final Notes: Tim Hardaway, Jr. deserves a mention as the only rookie to make the list, though he barely managed to make the cut by earning a 19.9 usage rate and only playing 19.59 minutes away (yay for rounding up). This will mark Brook Lopez’s last appearance on the list this season as his number of games played will become less than required in a few days. Also, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are No. 1 and No. 2. Who saw that happening?

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  • Chris Reichert

    Yo Mike where is my guy Wes Matthews?! I’m willing to bet he doesn’t have the minimum usage rate of the parameters you’ve set because his TS% is up there with the league leaders and he plays a ton of minutes…

  • Mike B.

    Yeap that is exactly what it is. He would be top 5 every time if his usage rate was higher, but he does not get enough touches. Still abreally efficient scorer in the role he is in.