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Midrange Points Per Game: 4.39
Shooting Percentage from 10-15 Feet: 50.00
Shooting Percentage from 16-23 Feet: 53.80
Steve Nash scored fewer midrange points than any other player in the top 10, but he was marvelously efficient in doing so. You'd expect this type of efficiency from a player who doesn't line up at point guard, which makes Nash's achievements all the more impressive.
From 10 to 15 feet, the incoming Los Angeles Laker made 50 percent of his shots during the 2011-12 season. Only five other players who averaged 10 or more points per game were able to hit half of their shots from this range: James Harden (62.5 percent on eight attempts during the season), Marvin Williams (54.54 percent on 11 attempts), Caron Butler (54.35 percent on 46 attempts), Gordon Hayward (51.85 percent on 27 attempts) and Leandro Barbosa (51.35 percent on 37 attempts).
As you might have noticed, none of them took many shots. Nash attempted 74 shots in 62 games, more than any of the other five.
Additionally, he more than broke even from 16 to 23 feet, making him one of just two players to do so. Dirk Nowitzki, Nash's former teammate, shot 50.28 percent from this range but took nearly twice as many shots as Nash did.
It takes a truly special player to hit half his shots from both of these ranges.