Ranking NBA's Best Pure Scorers Heading into 2013-14 Season

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Ranking NBA's Best Pure Scorers Heading into 2013-14 Season
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There's a big difference between the top scorers and the best scorers in the NBA

The former only looks at points per game, while the latter is actually a more useful measurement. We'll get to how I'll be calculating it on the next slide.

When Raymond Felton was asked in an interview with NBA.com's Lang Whitaker about whether he felt Carmelo Anthony was the best scorer in basketball, he gave the following response: 

Without a doubt. Without a doubt. Because he scores in so many ways. There’s a lot of guys who can score the basketball in this league. Kevin Durant, by far, is one of the top ones. Him and Melo could be neck-and-neck—those guys can score in a lot of ways. But Melo can score in more ways than KD, because Melo can post up, he can score off the dribble, he can score in the mid-range, he can score finishing at the rim, and he can shoot threes. You’re talking about a guy who has a total, complete game, and he’s big and strong—6-8, big body, strong body.

Good for Felton. You're supposed to support your teammates, and that's exactly what he was doing here. 

But is he right? Is 'Melo actually the best scorer in the NBA? 


Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Hoopdata.com and Basketball-Reference.

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