Jan 27, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Stat Nerd's Top Scorers -- Jan. 27

Jan 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) spins towards the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to my biweekly top scorer power rankings. As a reminder, these are the top scorers by way of True Shooting Percentage, filtering out players who have played less than half of their potential games; players with usage rates less than 20 percent; and players who play less than 20 minutes per game. I have written in depth about the True Shooting Percentage statistic, here, and explain the reason for the specific filters, here.

Also, I decided to add a “Scoring Rating” to the rankings this week. True Shooting Percentage as a statistic is essentially an estimate of points per scoring try. The estimate is cut in half a) because it makes the stat look more like a percentage (even though it is not by any means; don’t tell anybody) and b) because the points per weighted shot statistic (TS% multiplied by two) is somewhat of an arbitrary number to a casual statistic observer. So I decided to avoid the “arbitrary number” problem, not by cutting Points Per Weighted hot in half, but by multiplying the per weighted shots by a certain number of scoring tries — just like Offensive and Defensive rating statistics do; multiplying a per possession stat by 100 possessions. All that to say, the Scoring Rating is points scored per 20 scoring tries — around the number a shots a first option on most teams may get up. Here are the rankings:

Rk Player G TS% Scoring Rating USG% MPG
1 LeBron James 43 0.659 26.4 29.9 36.9
2 Kevin Durant 44 0.643 25.7 31.9 38.0
3 Chris Bosh 43 0.613 24.5 23.3 31.0
4 J.J. Redick 25 0.603 24.1 22.6 29.0
5 James Harden 40 0.593 23.7 27.3 38.6
6 Arron Afflalo 41 0.589 23.6 24.0 37.3
7 Paul George 43 0.589 23.6 28.4 36.3
8 Goran Dragic 40 0.588 23.5 24.1 34.9
9 Al Horford 29 0.588 23.5 24.6 33.0
10 Eric Bledsoe 24 0.587 23.5 24.3 33.5
11 Stephen Curry 42 0.584 23.4 28.6 37.8
12 Kevin Love 42 0.584 23.4 27.4 36.0
13 Dirk Nowitzki 44 0.584 23.4 27.3 32.4
14 Blake Griffin 46 0.583 23.3 27.4 36.3
15 Dwight Howard 46 0.583 23.3 24.1 34.0
16 Jeremy Lin 36 0.583 23.3 20.3 30.5
17 Isaiah Thomas 43 0.581 23.2 26.4 33.5
18 Darren Collison 46 0.580 23.2 19.6 22.3
19 Chris Paul 34 0.578 23.1 25.0 34.6
20 Dwyane Wade 31 0.578 23.1 27.1 33.0
21 Deron Williams 26 0.578 23.1 21.8 30.4
22 Manu Ginobili 41 0.577 23.1 23.9 24.0
23 Kyle Lowry 43 0.577 23.1 20.0 36.3
24 Tony Parker 40 0.575 23.0 26.5 31.3
25 Nikola Pekovic 43 0.575 23.0 22.3 33.1

Things To Note: Tony Parker re-enters the top 25 and Nikola Pekovic makes an appearance. Kevin Durant’s recent scoring binge has closed the gap between Durant and LeBron and will be interesting if Durant can catch LeBron at some point this season. Steph Curry and Arron Afflalo have returned to form as far their scoring efficiency recently and a result have moved back up to the upper tier of the list. And lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to Deron Williams. His career has been much maligned over the last few seasons, but he has been a consistent part of these rankings this year — at least when he meets the game requirements.

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