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Random Stat: Assisted Field Goal Percentages

Q: I had a thought for a stat for your site to follow (maybe you do already): assisted ad unassisted baskets. Who scores the highest percentage of their points on assisted baskets vs those who score the lowest percentage on assisted baskets. -- Coach McCormick

A: yup, we've got this one covered too...check out any given player's in depth stats page (eg see the LeBron James in depth stats page), and you'll see we post the overall assisted FGM %, as well as the Ast'd rate for different shot types, and shots at different points of the shot clock.

Let's do a little leaderboard look though!

Highest Assisted FGM Rate (Min: 100 FGA)
Player
Team
FGM
Ast'd%
 Vujacic LAL 70  91.4% 
 Padgett NJN 58  91.4% 
 Collins NJN 58  91.4% 
 Robinson NJN 130  90.8% 
 LaFrentz BOS 156  88.5% 
 Korver PHI 199  87.9% 
 Garrity ORL 88  87.5% 
 Posey MIA 114  86.8% 
 Thomas PHO 180  86.7% 
 Bowen HOU 30  86.7% 
 Jones PHO 164  84.8% 
 Gadzuric MIL 109  84.4% 
 Bowen SAS 143  83.9% 
 Jones CHA 158  83.5% 
 Bell PHO 258  83.3% 
 Haslem MIA 186  82.8% 
 Buckner DEN 100  82.0% 
 McDyess DET 160  81.9% 
 Marshall CLE 171  81.9% 
 Harpring UTA 179  81.6% 



Welcome to the land of "catch and shoot" and/or "layup off the feed"...

As you'll notice, a lot of these players are the three-point gunners (ala Bowen, Korver, Posey, Marshall) who hang out behind the line waiting for the pass and open look.

More surprising perhaps are some of the bigger interior players like McDyess and Haslem who are so reliant on a teammate setting them up.

And of course it's hard not to notice that among the top twenty players we have three Phoenix Suns, with high FGM numbers no less. If you sort for "most assisted FGM made" to this point, you'll find the leaders are:
- Rip Hamilton 341 (77.1%)
- Marion 336 (77.4%)
- Anthony 265 (64.3%)
- Brand 270 (57.6%)
- Jamison 260 (68.4%)
- Garnett 253 (59.7%)

Now we're not implying there's anything wrong with knocking down the shot from a nice pass. Still, there is something to be said for being able to create your own shot, which is where the guys in the 80%+ range are generally a little less capable, unless they simply have a role that doesn't call for it. The other side of the rankings shows as follows:

Lowest Assisted FGM Rate (Min: 100 FGA)
Player
Team
FGM
Ast'd%
 Hill ORL 83  32.5% 
 James CLE 560  32.0% 
 Claxton NOK 217  31.8% 
 Lue ATL 143  31.5% 
 Daniels DAL 137  31.4% 
 Telfair POR 118  31.4% 
 Hudson MIN 127  30.7% 
 Knight CHA 207  30.4% 
 Parker SAS 402  28.6% 
 Ford MIL 210  27.6% 
 Francis ORL 243  26.7% 
 Calderon TOR 109  26.6% 
 Tinsley IND 100  25.0% 
 Dooling ORL 64  25.0% 
 Iverson PHI 537  23.6% 
 Burks MEM 47  23.4% 
 Davis GSW 309  23.0% 
 Nash PHO 343  22.4% 
 Paul NOK 250  22.0% 
 Marbury NYK 261  18.8% 



Obviously point guards who have the ball in their hands to begin a possession most of the time are likely to score a fair amount without an assist (or without even letting another teammate touch the ball at all!) and not surprisingly our lowest assisted% look has a plethora of the ballhandling gurus.

Marbury is very rarely getting an assisted look, while a number of high scoring types show here, with the likes of Iverson, LeBron and Parker.

It's safe to say these guys are capable of creating off the dribble, both for themselves and their teammates.

The most unassisted FGM on the season lists as follows:
- Iverson 410
- L.James 381
- Bryant 352
- Wade 307 (34.5% Ast'd)
- Arenas 287 (35.7%)
- Parker 287

Now the type of shot does make a difference often -- the league wide assisted FGM rate by shot is:
73% - Dunks
63% - Jump shots
47% - Close shots

Looking at the high/low by shot selection finds:

Jump Shots

(min: 100 Jump Shot FGM)

    Highest
  1. Marshall 99%
  2. LaFrentz 96%
  3. Harpring 95%
  4. Vujacic 95%
  5. Thomas (Pho) 93%
    Lowest
  1. Marbury 23%
  2. Francis 24%
  3. B.Davis 24%
  4. Nash 24%
  5. L.James 26%

Close Shots

(min: 50 Close Shot FGM)

    Highest
  1. Thomas (Pho) 81%
  2. Foyle 78%
  3. Nesterovic 76%
  4. Harpring 75%
  5. Najera 75%
    Lowest
  1. B.Knight 8%
  2. J.Williams (Mia) 13%
  3. Crawford 14%
  4. Paul 14%
  5. Marbury 14%

Dunks

(min: 20 Dunk FGM)

    Highest
  1. Deng 96%
  2. Haslem 96%
  3. Ilgauskas 94%
  4. Krstic 93%
  5. Gadzuric 92%
    Lowest
  1. G.Wallace 50%
  2. R.Swift 55%
  3. Ariza 55%
  4. B.Davis 55%
  5. Dampier 56%


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