The Stat Nerd’s Top Scorers — Jan. 15

Jan 14, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Tayshaun Prince (21) guards Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

For those new to the rankings, every other week I rank the top scorers in basketball by the True Shooting Percentage statistic. In order to weed out the small sample sizes and the low usage players, I filter players who have not played at least half of the maximum number of games (20); players who play less than 20 minutes per game; and players with usage rates under 20 percent. I break down the True Shooting Percentage statistic here and further explain the filters here. Here are this week’s rankings (heading into yesterday’s games):

Rk Player TS% G MPG USG%
1 LeBron James 0.672 36 36.8 29.5
2 Kevin Durant 0.627 37 37.6 31.1
3 Marco Belinelli 0.626 38 23.0 19.5
4 Jeremy Lin 0.604 29 31.2 20.8
5 James Harden 0.600 33 38.7 27.9
6 J.J. Redick 0.598 18 27.9 22.7
7 Darren Collison 0.594 39 20.4 20.1
8 Chris Bosh 0.594 36 30.6 22.4
9 Dirk Nowitzki 0.592 38 32.4 27.0
10 Goran Dragic 0.592 34 35.2 23.7
11 Manu Ginobili 0.589 35 24.1 23.7
12 Kevin Love 0.588 36 36.1 27.9
13 Al Horford 0.588 29 33.0 24.6
14 Dwight Howard 0.587 39 34.2 24.2
15 Isaiah Thomas 0.587 35 32.4 26.0
16 Eric Bledsoe 0.587 24 33.5 24.4
17 Arron Afflalo 0.586 35 37.5 24.2
18 Kyle Lowry 0.585 36 36.1 19.7
19 Dwyane Wade 0.585 28 33.6 27.9
20 Deron Williams 0.585 22 30.2 22.3
21 Damian Lillard 0.583 37 36.2 24.8
22 Blake Griffin 0.580 39 36.2 27.0
23 Chris Paul 0.578 34 34.6 24.9
24 David Lee 0.577 39 34.3 24.1
25 Paul George 0.577 36 36.4 27.8

Other Noteworthy: The entire San Antonio Spurs team deserves a nod. Not only is newcomer Marco Belinelli ranked third behind only LeBron James and Kevin Durant; Manu Ginobili ranks 11th; both Patty Mills and Tiago Splitter would rank in the top 25 if it were not for low usage rates; and Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw and not too far behind the top 25 percentages (and both Parker and Diaw have spent time in the top 10).

On a more somber note, Stephen Curry has struggled shooting recently and I believe this is the first time both Splash Brothers are absent from the top 25 — though Warriors fans can take solace in David Lee’s entrance into the top 25.

Also wanted to quickly shout out Basketball-Reference for providing the numbers that I use for these rankings. I know they probably get a lot of props, but the fact that they put out all of these numbers and allow free access to them is work deserving of much praise.

Has anybody noticed Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony have been missing from this list all year?

I’ll save that for another article.

Topics: Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Marco Belinelli, San Antonio Spurs

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