This season nba.com added a new component to their stats page called Player Tracking which looks at NBA Player Stats not previously available, at least publicly.
Player tracking uses 6 cameras to track each player and the video collected provides details on things like ball and player movement, shows their efficiency and areas of the game previously unmeasured such as number of passes or rebound opportunities.
In Part 1 of this series I outlined Distance and Speed, Part 2 covered Touches and Possessions, Part 3 focused on Passing and Part 4 covered Defensive Impact, Part 5 focused on Rebounding and Part 6 on Drives. In this installment we’ll look at the top 5 players who excel in Catch and Shoot statistics.
Part 7: Catch and Shoot
Definition of this category as per nba.com: Catch and Shoot: Any jump shot outside of 10 feet where a player possessed the ball for 2 seconds or less and took no dribbles.
As per nba.com Players are ranked based on:
- Catch and Shoot Total Points: Total points scored
- Catch and Shoot Points Per Game: Points scored per game
- Catch and Shoot Field Goal Attempts Per Game: Field goals attempted per game including two and three point attempts.
- Catch and Shoot Field Goal Makes Per Game: Field goals made per game including two and three point makes.
- Catch and Shoot Field Goal Percentage: Percentage of field goals made.
- Catch and Shoot Three Point Attempts Per Game: Three point field goals attempted per game.
- Catch and Shoot Three Point Attempts Per Game: Three point field goals made per game.
- Catch and Shoot Three Point Field Goal Percentage: Three point field goals percent determined by attempts versus makes.
- Catch and Shoot Effective Field Goal Percentage: Adjusted field goal percentage with 3 point makes being worth 1.5 times that of a 2 point make.
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May 4, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Los Angeles Clippers won 117 to 101. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Not a huge surprise the master of the Catch and Shoot Stat Category is Kyle Korver who tops many of the sub segments. While looking over these stats you can’t help but picture in your players who rely on others to set them up to score. Sure there are players like Dirk Nowitzki and the the Splash Brothers who have more versatile game, however the predominant players at the top of these lists require help. Anthony Morrow, J.R. Smith and Arron Afflalo can do other things yet most of their points will come off someone getting them the ball where they are standing and waiting.
Some players appear high on the list but only in certain categories like Russell Westbrook and Chris Bosh. The difference is Westbrook also makes other category top 5 lists while Bosh doesn’t. That’s because Westbrook is originates the offense whereas Bosh is more so a receiver, especially once he joined the Heat.
As for the Rockets Trevor Ariza is in the top five with Patrick Beverley and James Harden well down the list. In fact most of the top 5 on this list come from wing positions and are less guard dominant like many of the other offensive categories. Next up in the series we’ll look at Pull Up Shooting Stats.
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