NBA Efficiency vs. Usage Stats In 2013-14

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Dec. 25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Usually you’d like to have efficiently shooting players on your team. There are some exceptions to this rule, mainly defensive specialists like Tony Allen, who are so valuable and good at a single NBA skill that they can impact the game without scoring.

Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo also fit this category.

But as good as those guys are, even they get criticized at times for being inefficiency or lack of shooting ability. Obviously the objective of any basketball possession is to score the ball, and if your best players can do that in a ruthless efficient manner you are already ahead of everyone else.

I searched for high and low efficiency players from players who have a usage rate that is comparable to being the first or second option, third or fourth option and fifth option when they’re on the floor.

The measure of efficiency here is True Shooting Percentage, which takes into account the added value of free throws and 3′s, compared to Usage Rate.

Here are the best and worst players from last year in the NBA efficiency wise.

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