Last week I made a list of the top 20 at-the-rim finishers in the NBA. I tried to develop a formula to rank the players so it was not purely subjective, but it was clearly flawed as it greatly favored big men and only took attempts and percentage into account.
I've altered the equation (to be explained on the next slide) to more accurately reflect at-the-rim finishing ability.
This will start out going position by position to show who the top five finishers are at each, then will conclude with a ranking based on a plus/minus system that uses a player's number against his position average.
The list will include 10 players at the bottom, 10 in the middle and then the 10 best.
There will undoubtedly be some controversy over the results and you're more than welcome to let your opinion be known. Numbers do not always tell the whole story, but I believe this is a reasonably accurate statistical assessment of at-the-rim finishing ability.
If you would like the numbers on any particular player, just let me know in the comments section and I will get them to you as quickly as I can.
(All stats are provided by Hoopdata.com and I must give a shout out to reader Dre Davis whose suggestion of looking at the worst players in this category served as the spark for this article.)