Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at different levels of efficiency in attempted shots in terms of their location on the court (midrange, corner 3s) and type of attempt (catch and shoot vs. pull up). ).
While the 3-point revolution has changed the geometry of the game and some of the principles of what is considered a good shot, one thing remains as true today as it was when the game began: the most efficient shot in the game. play. it still comes inside the painting.
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coming into play Dec. 28, here’s a breakdown of points per shot attempt in the league, split between the paint, midrange, and 3-point range.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown, highlighting the importance of entering the restricted area.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at the players who have dominated the paint so far this season.
Looking at that leaderboard reminds me of the child’s game where you have to find the one thing that doesn’t belong. this classification that includes seven centers, two forwards and a point guard; includes five players who are 6-foot-11, two who are 6-10, two more who are 6-9, and one who is 6-3.
Memphis’s Ja Morant ranks third in the league in points in the paint (14.2), trailing only the two players who have won the past three Kia League Most Valuable Player awards: Nikola Jokic ( 15.2 ppg, 2021 mvp) and giannis antetokounmpo (15.1 ppg, 2019 and 2020 mvp).
monday night in phoenix, morant capped off a 33-point performance with a game-winning layup at the last second to lead the grizzlies to a 114-113 victory. It was morant’s 20th point in the game paint as the suns had no answers to try and stop morant from getting to their spots.
🤯 @jamorant capped off a 33 point night with an amazing game winner for @memgrizz! pic.twitter.com/0lkmqphvws
— nba (@nba) December 28, 2021
Since entering the league in 2019, morant has shown no fear of playing among the greats in the paint. he has averaged 10.7 points in the paint as a rookie and 10.6 as a sophomore, before exploding this season as one of the elite interior scorers in the game, especially among shooting guards. morant is one of only five shooting guards in the league to average double-digit points in the paint along with de’aaron fox (10.5), bradley beal (10.4), shai gilgeous-alexander (10.3) and donovan mitchell (10,1).
nikola jokic: jokic joins morant and deandre ayton as the only players in the league to average at least four field goals per game in the restricted area and two in the paint outside the box restricted. that shows more variety in scoring from him beyond just catching lobs, dunks and backspins. Jokic has a cleverness to his game that helps him score in a variety of ways. he may not have the same speed or jumping ability as a morant or a giannis, but his game is just as effective.
giannis antetokounmpo: teams have built so many walls to try to keep giannis from scoring in the paint, and none have been able to contain the two-time mvp. giannis leads the nba with 6.6 field goals inside the restricted area per game; he’s shooting 75% at the rim so far this season. Over the past five seasons, Giannis led the league in restricted-area field goals twice (2018-19 and 2017-18) and finished second three times (2020-21 and 2019-20 behind Zion Williamson, and 2016-17 behind lebron james) ). Giannis leads the league with 10 games with at least 20 points in the paint this season; no other player has more than six such games (jokic, morant and davis tied).
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deandre ayton: ayton ranks second in the league in points per game (6.1) as the role player in pick-and-rolls. he’s shooting 72% on those plays, making him one of the most efficient pick-and-roll scorers in the league; Of the 73 players who attempt at least one shot per game on pick-and-roll roll man plays, Ayton ranks fourth in field goal percentage. he is second on his own team, although javale mcgee leads the way with 79.0% shooting.
Anthony Davis: Although currently sidelined for about a month with a sprained knee, Davis is averaging his highest points in the paint (14.1 points per game) since who joined the Lakers in 2019-20. Davis has played more center this season (27.5% of his offensive matchup time has been center) than in either of his first two seasons in Los Angeles (22.6% in 2020-21 and 24.1% in 2019-20).
jarrett allen: Of the 78 players in the league who have attempted at least 100 shots in the restricted area, allen ranks second in field goal percentage at 81.8%, Behind only Boston’s Robert Williams III (82.8% on 65 fewer attempts). Allen also leads the league in points per game on cuts (5.4 ppg) based on synergy game type data.
domantas sabonis: sabonis ranks 5th in the league in elbow touches (5.8 per game) and has similar efficiency to jokic (league leader with 7.6 touches per game). game) when working from the elbows. Both players shoot more than 61% from the field on those touches, but they are also frequent elbow passers, with Sabonis assisting on 25.3% of their elbow touches and Jokic on 24%. They are also two of only four players in the league (along with giannis and joel embiid) to average at least 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
bam adebayo: adebayo is the only player on this list who hasn’t made a single 3-point shot this season, as he missed his only attempt, which was an 80-footer on the fourth. -fourth bell he hit the back of the rim to try to tie a game with washington. Allen (1-6) and Ayton (1-7) are the only other players in the top 10 in paint scoring who have attempted fewer than 50 3-point shots so far this season. Adebayo’s paint scoring has been consistent over the past three seasons: 11.6 points per game in 2019-20, 11.9 in 2020-21, and 12.0 so far this season; his 3.2 second-chance points per game are the best of his career.
lebron james: One way to score points in the paint is to beat opposing teams on the floor and score in transition before defenses can get in position. lebron leads the nba in fast break points (4.7 per game) in his 19th season in the nba. Giannis is second at 4.3 points per game and both players are a nightmare to try to slow down once they get their drive to the rim. lebron still ranks in the top 10 in paint points despite scoring his lowest percentage of points from the paint (43.9%) since the 2014-15 season (43.3).
jonas valanciunas: valanciunas leads the nba in both points per game (3.3) and shot attempts (2.7) on setbacks, based on synergy game type data. Valanciunas ranks fifth in the league in offensive rebounds per game (3.6) and first in second chance points (4.3 per game). Valanciunas is tied with Sabonis for the second most double-doubles on the season with 24.
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