The NBA’s All-Points Per Total Shots Team

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (R) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum during first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Dallas, Texas April 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

When looking at overall shooting, I like to use Points Per Total Shots (PPTS) which is simply:

PPTS = Points / (FGA + FTA)

I prefer this stat to Effective FG% (eFG%) because it accounts for free throw accuracy and eFG% does not. I also like it better than True Shooting % (TS%) because it doesn’t have any arbitrary constants. TS% does. Points Per Shot (PPS = PTS/FGA) is more popular, but PPTS takes into account free throw accuracy, which is important. PPS does not.

Here is a look at the top PPTS players at each position. To qualify, the player had to attempt at least 1000 total shots (FGA + FTA) over the course of the season.

PG: Stephen Curry (1.073)
Curry proved that his fine rookie season was no fluke, increasing his scoring average, FG%, 3P% and FT%. For a point guard, his FG% (.480) is outstanding and he hit an eye-popping 44.2% of his three-point attempts (#3 in the league). He also led the league in free throw accuracy. (Runner-up: Steve Nash)

SG: Ray Allen (1.104)
At 35-years-old, Allen was #2 in 3P% (.444) and #9 in FT% (.881), and thanks to this terrific shooting, he registered the highest PPTS in the league. (Runner-up: Jason Richardson)

SF: Paul Pierce (1.028)
Pierce was #20 in FT% (.860), and since 30.5% of his total shot attempts came from the free throw line (#17 out of the 92 players that qualify), he was able to cash in and register the highest PPTS of any small forward. He also hit 49.7% from the field, which is terrific considering he takes a lot of shots from 17-23 feet. (Runner up: Thaddeus Young)

PF: Dirk Nowitzki (1.036)
No surprise that Dirk made the All-PPTS team since he has been the best big man shooter in the league for some time. He was #40 in 3P% (.397), #7 in FT% (.892) and had a career year from the field (.517). That adds up to the #5 PPTS in the league. (Runner-up: Lamar Odom)

C: Al Horford (1.062)
Horford was #5 in FG% (.557) and was #2 from the free throw line amongst centers (.798). That’s going to add up to some very efficient scoring. In this case, Horford was #3 in the league in PPTS. (Runner-up: Nene Hilario)

PPTS is also useful when looking at overall team shooting. Here’s a look at all 30 teams, sorted by PPTSd (the difference between PPTS and PPTS-allowed):

# Team PPTS PPTSa PPTSd
1 Boston 0.976 0.895 0.081
2 Miami 0.975 0.903 0.072
3 Dallas 0.988 0.928 0.061
4 Orlando 0.956 0.903 0.053
5 Chicago 0.941 0.890 0.051
6 San Antonio 0.988 0.939 0.049
7 LA Lakers 0.953 0.918 0.035
8 Denver 0.975 0.945 0.031
9 Oklahoma City 0.954 0.929 0.024
10 New York 0.975 0.959 0.016
11 Philadelphia 0.941 0.927 0.014
12 Phoenix 0.980 0.966 0.014
13 Golden State 0.970 0.957 0.013
14 Atlanta 0.955 0.945 0.010
15 Indiana 0.928 0.920 0.008
16 Houston 0.958 0.952 0.006
17 Utah 0.942 0.949 -0.007
18 New Orleans 0.937 0.950 -0.014
19 Memphis 0.933 0.948 -0.016
20 LA Clippers 0.921 0.943 -0.022
21 Milwaukee 0.895 0.918 -0.023
22 Portland 0.936 0.961 -0.026
23 Charlotte 0.915 0.949 -0.035
24 New Jersey 0.907 0.944 -0.038
25 Minnesota 0.922 0.967 -0.044
26 Toronto 0.931 0.978 -0.047
27 Detroit 0.935 0.986 -0.051
28 Sacramento 0.909 0.964 -0.055
29 Washington 0.898 0.960 -0.062
30 Cleveland 0.898 0.985 -0.087

Notice that the top four seeds in each conference all finished in the Top 9 in PPTSd.

Here’s a look at the top PPTS players in the playoffs (minimum 40 total shots):

# Player G FGA+FTA PPTS
1 Jason Kidd 4 41 1.439
2 Ray Allen 4 63 1.397
3 Wesley Matthews 4 44 1.159
4 Ron Artest 4 50 1.120
5 Kirk Hinrich 4 40 1.100
6 Chris Paul 4 96 1.063
7 Paul Pierce 4 85 1.047
8 Jrue Holiday 4 59 1.034
9 Jason Terry 4 61 1.016
10 Andre Miller 4 65 1.015

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