The Obscure Statistics Leaderboard: Finishing Strong

Frequently, when researching some obscure point in response to a comment or follow up question, I’ll come across a contextless but completely surprising statistical tidbit. In that spirit I present a new feature, The Obscure Statistics Leaderboard. I won’t dig too hard for meaning or predictive value, just present these numbers for what they are, bizarre and unexpected statistical iotas.

Earlier this evening I finished the first edition of this series with a look at the players who have attempted the most total shots at the rim this season. I pushed publish, but the wheels never stopped turning on the topic. From Hoopdata it’s easy to look at the Top 15 players in terms of made field goals at the rim, something I probably should have included with my other post:

1. Blake Griffin – 152
2. Dwyane Wade – 152
3. Lamar Odom – 142
4. Russell Westbrook – 140
5. Dwight Howard – 137
6. Amare Stoudemire – 136
7. LaMarcus Aldridge – 135
8. Paul Millsap – 135
9. Zach Randolph – 135
10. Tony Parker – 131
11. Nene – 122
12. LeBron James – 118
13. Emeka Okafor – 115
14. Thaddeus Young – 115
15. Monta Ellis – 114

The bee that was left in my bonnet was: Which of those players finishes the strongest? Luckily CBSSports tracks the number of dunks for each players in the league. CBS doesn’t have any explanation of their methodology or source on this page, so I really have no clue how accurate their numbers are. The list below shows the Top 15 in the league in terms of totals dunks. Before you look, see if you can guess who’s first. I’ll give you a hint. His name is B. Griffin. No, no, that’s too obvious. Let’s call him Blake G.

1. Blake Griffin – 86
2. Dwight Howard – 72
3. LaMarcus Aldridge – 71
4. DeAndre Jordan – 70
5. Amar’e Stoudemire – 69
6. Kevin Durant – 67
7. JaVale McGee – 62
8. Tyson Chandler – 53
9. Dwyane Wade – 50
10. Josh Smith – 49
11. Serge Ibaka – 47
12. Nene – 45
13. Derrick Favors – 45
14. Rudy Gay – 44
15. Hakim Warrick – 44

Anyone surprised to see Derrick Favors up there? Me too. In other news, Hakim Warrick should send Steve Nash a nice thank you note and some vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free brownies. Now here is the original list, the Top 15 in terms of total made field goals at the rim. However, they are now re-ordered by the percentage of those made field goals which were dunks as opposed to layups.

1. Blake Griffin – 56.6%
2. Dwight Howard – 52.6%
3. LaMarcus Aldridge – 52.6%
4. Amare Stoudemire – 50.7%
5. Nene – 36.9%
6. Emeka Okafor – 35.7%
7. LeBron James – 33.9%
8. Dwyane Wade – 32.9%
9. Thaddeus Young – 24.3%
10. Lamar Odom – 23.2%
11. Russell Westbrook – 18.6%
12. Monta Ellis 18.4%
13. Paul Millsap – 16.2%
14. Zach Randolph – 1.5%
15. Tony Parker – 0.0%

Are you kidding me Zach Randolph? CBS has counted exactly two dunks for Randolph this season out of 135 made field goals at the rim. It’s still two points whether a dunk or a layup, but my goodness, have some pride!

The prohibitive dunk contest favorite, Blake Griffin, still owns the top spot. Just for fun I looked up these numbers for the other three dunk contest entrants.

JaVale McGee – 127 FGM At the rim, 62 dunks, 48.9% Dunk Percentage
Serge Ibaka – 111 FGM At the rim, 47 dunks, 42.3% Dunk Percentage
Brandon Jennings – 97 FGM At the rim, 2 dunks, 2.1% Dunk Percentage

I know dunking in a game has very little to do with performing in a dunk contest, but how exactly did Brandon Jennings get himself included? His participation is even more unconscionable when you consider the fact that Josh McRoberts was left out.



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