Ray Allen and the Most Efficient Scorers Per Shot Taken in NBA History
Out of the 58 players who have ever averaged 20 points per game or more for their career; 21 of them stand out because of their efficiency at scoring per shot taken. These 21 guys are the cream of the NBA crop at making each shot count.
This list is of the guys who averaged over 20 ppg AND at least 0.940 points made per shot taken for their career.
As an example, if a guy takes 20 shots (includes threes) and 5 free throws, that is 25 shots taken. Say the guy scored 25 points - he is at 1.0 points per shot.
Only three players in NBA history have done that. So I went with over .940 and these are the 21 guys.
Some players missed the list, such as Kobe Bryant (too many shots taken with a low fg%) and Wilt who made only 50% of his free throws, and Shaq for the same reason. Iverson missed because of his low fg% and Baylor missed too. In fact, 37 of the top 58 scorers ever were not efficient enough for this list.
#21, Glen 'Big Dog' Robinson, .941 Points Per Shot Taken Career
The Big Dog scored 20.69 points per game in his career on 22 shots per game (FGA plus FTA). Robinson shot a nice % from the field and the line and he could throw down a nasty dunk or shoot the three, and he scored everywhere in between. A great offensive big man. Too bad he didn't love defense. Nevertheless he is one of the most efficient NBA scorers ever.
#20, Lou Hudson, .942 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Hudson quietly became one of the most efficient scorers per shot taken in NBA history. He measured whether he should shoot and he made sure every shot counted. He did not constantly gun it to get his points; he was a true professional. He averaged 20.16 points per game on 21.4 shots attempted per game (FG plus FT)=.942 pts per shot.
#19, Bob McAdoo, .942 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Big Mac played for several teams and became an NBA champion with the Lakers. Magic liked to pass to the PF because McAdoo could hit from anywhere and he did not take unnecessary and dumb shots. He never tried to save a game by shooting too much, but he won many games through efficiency. He averaged 22.05 points per game on 23.4 shots taken (FG plus FT) for his career.
#18, David Thompson, .942 Points Per Shot Taken Career
David Thompson was one of Michael Jordan's heroes as a youth, and he picked a good guy to like. Jordan also followed his example of being a truly efficient scorer. Thompson is often compartmentalized as a dunker, but he was actually a pure scorer who at only 6'4" scored 73 in a game once. He is the smallest guy to score 70 or more in a game. He shot a high fg% and ft%. 22.13 points per game on 23.5 shots taken per game (FG plus FT) career. Nice.
#17, Dan Issel, .948 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Issel played ugly but he was truly efficient. He played for some high scoring teams but was efficient about it. He was an inside guy who could shoot from the outside and he shot great from the line. He was a hustler who didn't just jack it up for the fun of it or to hype himself up. He was in it for the win. He averaged 20.42 points on 21.5 shots taken (fg plus ft) for his career.
#16, Julius Erving, Dr. J, .955 Points Per Shot Taken Career
The Dr. was not just all hype. He was admired by many people because he was efficient at scoring. He wasn't known to shoot too many shots to get his points. He could really, REALLY shoot and at a high clip. He shot over 50% many times and he hit from the line at a nice clip. Contrary to popular belief, Michael Jordan NEVER once saw Dr, J play as a kid, so he did not influence Jordan as much as people think. If Jordan did see him play he would have noticed how efficient Dr. J was as a scorer. He averaged 21.97 points per game on 23 shots taken (FG plus FT) for his career.
#14, Mitch Richmond, .959 Points Per Shot Taken Career
All of Mitch Richmond's positives are overlooked by today's fans. Even when he was active, he was overlooked because he was somewhat quiet and yet efficient. He did not need to talk crap to seem great, he just chose good shots for his whole career. He shot from anywhere and hit a high 3 point percentage, and he made alot of his free throws. He averaged 21 ppg on 21.9 shots attempted per game (FG plus FT).
#15, Bernard King, .957 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Bernard was one of the greatest scorers in NBA history who could torch you for 50 points efficiently. King wasn't as much of a gunner as some guys who shoot, shoot and shoot and go 6/24 to get his points. King shot and hit such high fg% it was amazing. He was also extremely competent at the line. A true great scorer. He scored 22.49 points per game on 23.5 shots taken per game (fg plus ft) for his career.
#13, Bob Lanier, .965 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Big Bob was the leader on every team he was on. Why? He was efficient in all aspects of the game, especially scoring. Lanier did not take bad shots, but he controlled the tempo by defending and scoring at a nice pace. These are further reasons why Lanier is one of the greatest players of all time. He scored 20.07 ppg on 20.8 shots taken per game (fg plus ft) for his career.
#12, Amare Stoudemire, .969 Points Per Shot Taken Career
The big man does not take many shots but when he takes them he usually makes it. This makes him one of the most efficient scorers ever. Good stuff from the man in the middle. He averages 21.42 points per game off of 22.1 shots per game so far for his career (fg plus ft).
#11, Michael Redd, .969 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Redd is a testament to shooter everywhere who hope to excel at every shooting aspect of the game. Redd does, too bad he is oft injured. Hopefully his career efficiency stays up there. Redd has so far averaged 20.6 points per game off of 20.9 shots taken (fg plus ft) for his career.
#10, Michael Jordan, .969 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Michael Jordan is ranked number one EVER in points per game at 30.14 and number one EVER at points per minute for a career (.787 points per minute career).
Some people think he was a wild shooter but he is actually one of the most efficient scorers of all time, also, and that is why he is the GOAT. I would not have been surprised if he was not on this list, but he is.
Michael Jordan averaged 30.14 ppg on 31.1 shots attempted (fg plus ft) per game for his career.
Not only is he the greatest defensive guard ever, he is one of the most efficient shooters and scorers ever, from anywhere. It actually helped him that he did not constantly shoot three's.
Jordan GOAT!!! is one of the top 10 most efficient scorers of all time.
#9, Marques Johnson, .971 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Marques is one of the most underrated players in NBA history, which is weird since he is one of the most efficient scorers of all time. He was a team player who scored in the flow of a game and he never went off and shot too much without missing, from anywhere. He scored 20.1 points on 20.7 total shots attempted per game for his career (fg plus ft).
#8, Dirk Nowitzki, .979 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Dirk has turned out to be one of the most efficient scorers ever. He can shoot from anywhere on the court at a high percentage including the charity stripe. He is still going strong. He has so far averaged 23 points per game on 23.5 shots per game (fg plus ft).
#7, Alex English, .980 Points Per Shot Taken Career
AE is on all the scorers lists because he was truly a pure scorer if the NBA ever saw one. He hit an immensely high % from everywhere on the court over his career. He averaged 21.47 points per game on 21.9 shot attempts (fg plus ft) for his career.
#6, Charles Barkley, .980 Points Per Shot Taken Career
The Round Mound of Rebound could obviously rebound but he could also score efficiently too. He took it inside and outside and he hit from three range too. Barkley was not known for taking too many shots, or stupid shots; the sign of a true elite pro scorer.
#5, Iceman George Gervin, .981 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Gervin is #2 all-time in points per minute and #5 all time in shooting efficiency! He is truly the definition of pure scorer and he was as smooth as ice. He averaged 26.18 points per game on 26.7 shots taken (fg plus ft) for his entire career.
#4, Adrian Dantley, .991 Points Per Shot Taken Career
AD made it to the line more than any 6'5" player ever. He made most of his field goal attempts and most of his free throws to become one of the most efficient scorers ever. He averaged 24.27 points per game on 24.5 shots taken (fg plus ft) for his entire career. That is what you call a great scorer.
#3, Larry Bird, 1.00 Points Per Shot Taken Career
The first of only three players in NBA history to actually score 1.0 or more points per shot taken for his career. Bird is so underrated by the hype seeking fans of today. But he is easily one of the greatest pure shooters of all time. He hit from anywhere and everywhere on the court. I have never heard of Bird taking a bad shot. Bird averaged 24.3 points per game on 24.3 shots per game (fg plus ft) for his career.
#2, Ray Allen, 1.017 Points Per Shot Taken Career
I was stunned when I finished my list and Ray Allen was number two, but he has so far averaged 20.45 points per game on only 20.1 shots taken per game (fg plus ft) for his career. He is probably the greatest pure shooter of all time.
#1, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1.021 Points Per Shot Taken Career
Kareem scored more total points than anyone ever for a reason. He is by far the most efficient scorer ever. Jabbar did not take bad shots, ever. He made alot of his free throws, he never took threes and he controlled the lane. He also had the most unblockable shot of all time: The sky hook. He averaged 24.61 points per game on 24.1 shots taken career. Kareem; the most efficient scorer per shot taken EVER!
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!