NBA Stat Central #12: Shots! Shots! Shots!
No, we’re not talking about Goldschlager or Jagermaister here. We’re also not talking about gun control. We’re talking about putting the ball in the basket from anywhere at any time. This version of NBA Stat Central is going to take a look at the most prolific shooters in the league and when they’re the most dangerous.
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We always hear about “clutch” shooters and those who do their best work late in games. What about those who start hot and establish a nice lead for their teams? Shouldn’t they get some credit, too?
All Stats Are For The 2012-13 Season
Most Field Goals In The First Quarter
Not too surprising of a list here, with the notable exception of Brook Lopez. If the Brooklyn Nets went through Lopez throughout the game, how much better would they be? Lopez sees his shots decline throughout the game. He goes from 126 attempts in the first quarter to 71, 102 and 69 in respective quarters. Give him the ball!
Most Field Goals In The Second Quarter
The second quarter is often when the bench starts getting some bigger minutes, so it makes sense to see Jamal Crawford and Kevin Martin on the list. It’s interesting to see David Lee and Chris Bosh, though. Is it because the offense changes or the second-string centers aren’t nearly as good defensively against these guys? I’m going with the former.
Most Field Goals In The Third Quarter
Halftime is all about adjustments and taking advantage of mismatches. As we look at this list, it becomes apparent that the cream rises to the top with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Who would’ve thought Thaddeus Young would be there? Maybe Doug Collins is a Wizard (he did coach them, after all)?
Most Field Goals In The Fourth Quarter
We talked about crunch time earlier and here we are. The names aren’t that surprising, as the players on this list are very offensively-centered players. However, take a look at some of those field goal percentages. Jamal Crawford at 43.9%? Stephen Curry at 42%? Ryan Anderson at 38.3%? Woof.
Most Field Goals In Overtime
Not everyone plays equal amounts of overtime and the sample size isn’t that large, so we’ll have to take this one with a grain of salt. With that said, take a look at this list and what stands out? With the exception of Tony Parker (who is having one of his finest seasons), it’s all young guys. O.J. Mayo, Damian Lillard and crew have enough energy to go beyond 48 minutes.
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