his career FG% seems pretty solid at 49.0%, which places him just below a pair of certain HOF's in Bosh (50.4%) and Garnett (49.7%). but look a little closer.
due to a lack of 3 point shot and relatively low free throw rates, his shot attempts produce an average of just 1.15 points per shot, sitting him in the bottom 15% of all qualified players in the NBA, placing him squarely in the company of well known "chuckers" Al Jefferson and Zach Randolph.
this is not new for him. he has compiled a 1.19 points per shot rate spanning his 8 seasons in the NBA, routinely sitting in the bottom 15-25%. except this season he has taken it to an entirely new level.
if you are not familiar with points per shot (PPS), it is exactly as it sounds. it tells us essentially how good an investment a shot attempt from a player is for his teams offense.
there are only so many offensive possession in a game, although the exact number obviously varies. the average usually falls within the range of 90-100. if a player consumes 15-20 of them per game with a very low PPS he is putting a very large burden on his teammates to make up the difference with efficient offensive play.
with that in mind let's consider what our two previous examples, Bosh and Garnett did in their seasons up to this players current age while they were the clear undisputed best offensive players on their team. again using PPS as our measure.
this is interesting. for a moment i almost reconsidered this entire post when i turned up that number on Garnett.
if Kevin Garnett was barely producing more per field goal attempt than 'player X' than maybe i've got this all wrong. but then i thought, who exactly did Garnett have to help him offensively? did it make a difference? as you might expect, it did.
his highest PPS while he was with those dreadful TWolves teams was 1.33 in his age 28 season when he had help from Szczerbiak, Cassell and Sprewell. that seems logical, the more help you get the easier your job should theoretically be on the offensive end.
so Garnett fits the description of a guy who struggled to carry an offense because he wasn't a great scorer. hard to call a guy a chucker under those circumstances.
but enough about Garnett. does our mystery player fit that description as well? not really.
the player in question is shooting more often, and less efficiently, the more talent he has around him, or so it seems.
so that brings me back to the original question: how has this player managed to escape the dreaded label of chucker?
Al Jefferson, despite very similar offensive numbers and efficiency didn't. Carmelo Anthony can't go 2 days in this forum without being called a chucker (for good reason) despite being much more efficient that this player. Monta Ellis did not, despite a career PPS that is exactly 0.01 lower than this player.
and a new one arises: how on earth is this guy, who leads the NBA in field goal attempts despite very poor efficiency (and numerous teammates who are much more efficient weapons) 3rd on NBA.com's MVP Ladder? Shoot, i gave it away didn't i.
shame on you NBA.com. shame on you.