NBA Power Rankings: Kobe Bryant and the 20 Best Volume Shooters in the League
The gunslingers of the NBA are polarizing figures in the league.
Take too many attempts, and you may shoot your team out of a game. Shoot too little, and your team may fall short of a victory.
Now, when devising the rankings for this list, the main aspects that I took into consideration were their field goal attempts, free throw attempts and field goal percentage.
The formula: field goal attempts + ( free throw attempts / 2 ) x field goal percentage = volume shooting efficiency rating (VSER).
My volume shooting efficiency formula may not be an exact science, but I found it to be a fair way to assess the effectiveness for volume shooters.
20. Kevin Martin
Field goal attempts: 14.8
Field goal percentage: 43.4
Free throw attempts: 8.4
With Aaron Brooks out and Yao Ming facing another setback, Kevin has been forced to shoulder the scoring duties.
Martin currently sits just behind LeBron in the scoring race and he's playing lights-out basketball.
Of course, with his shaky injury history, there's always a worry that he'll miss some time with the way he attacks the basket, but he's been healthy thus far and it hasn't kept him from being aggressive.
19. Deron Williams
Field goal attempts: 15.5
Field goal percentage: 46.4
Free throw attempts: 7.0
Deron Williams is having arguably the best season of his career as a pro.
His scoring average is up to 22 points per game, and it eclipses his previous career high by nearly three full points.
The Jazz have been on a tear lately, with Deron orchestrating the team's offense.
His assist numbers are down as he's taken on an increased scoring role, but as his new starting frontcourt mates—Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap—acclimate themselves better with one another, it should open things up tremendously for Williams.
18. Andrea Bargnani
Field goal attempts: 17.1
Field goal percentage: 44.8
Free throw attempts: 5.2
With Chris Bosh no longer in Toronto, Bargnani has become the focal point of the Raptors offense and he has delivered. He's topping his previous career high in scoring by 3.6 points.
Andrea may by allergic to rebounds, but he can light it up from anywhere on the court.
Bargnani is much more aggressive this season, getting to the charity stripe 5.4 times a game. He's even taking the fewest attempts from behind the arc in his career.
17. Danny Granger
Field goal attempts: 17.6
Field goal percentage: 45.2
Free throw attempts: 4.7
Now that he's healthy and motivated coming off a championship run with the Team USA "B-Squad," Granger is focused on winning.
With the emergence of Roy Hibbert and the addition of Darren Collison, Danny hasn't had to shoot as much, but he's still in the top 15 in scoring.
Granger can still turn it up on any given night. He has scored 30-plus points in four games this season and with the Pacers playing well, they'll continue to lean on him for his scoring prowess.
16. Dwyane Wade
Field goal attempts: 16.1
Field goal percentage: 44.3
Free throw attempts: 9.2
Dwyane, much like LeBron, has been forced to adapt his game with his new running mate.
Wade's numbers are down all around, but when healthy, he's the team's most potent offensive weapon.
He's shooting an uncharacteristically low 44.3 percent from the field, but when the team finds some semblance of consistency in their offense, Wade's percentages and numbers should skyrocket.
15. Rudy Gay
Field goal attempts: 17.2
Field goal percentage: 48.5
Free throw attempts: 3.7
Rudy Gay appears ready to take the NBA by storm.
After signing a massive contract over the summer, Gay is playing up to his billing as a maximum-contract player.
Gay started the season on a hot streak due to the absence of Zach Randolph, but his attempts and minutes have tailed off a bit since Randolph's return.
Even so, Rudy is playing at his best since joining the NBA and he is averaging career highs in nearly every category.
14. Russell Westbrook
Field goal attempts: 17.2
Field goal percentage: 44.7
Free throw attempts: 9.2
After a summer stint playing for Team USA, Westbrook has come out of the gate strong.
The third-year guard is averaging career highs across the board and he's doing so more proficiently than ever before.
Westbrook exploded for a career-high 43 points against the Pacers. It's certainly won't be the last time we see efforts like that from the UCLA product.
13. Michael Beasley
Field goal attempts: 18.3
Field goal percentage: 47.3
Free throw attempts: 4.8
After being exiled from South Beach, Beasley was sent to Minnesota and appears to have settled in as the team's starting small forward.
Beasley has assumed command as Minnesota's primary scoring option and he has excelled in the role.
Michael is off to a hot start and he doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
He exploded in an early November game against the Sacramento Kings when he went off for a career-high 42 points. Since then, he hasn't looked back, as he's been on a scoring binge.
12. Pau Gasol
Field goal attempts: 15.4
Field goal percentage: 53.8
Free throw attempts: 5.6
Fresh off a NBA championship, Pau Gasol is playing inspired basketball.
He's off to the best start of his career and he's playing at an MVP-type level. Pau is averaging career highs in nearly every statistical category.
Gasol has been as consistent as they come, racking up well over a dozen double-doubles along the way.
While Kobe gets all the attention, Gasol has been scoring at a far more efficient rate than Bryant, and the Spaniard deserves some attention as potential MVP of the Lakers.
11. LeBron James
Field goal attempts: 17.4
Field goal percentage: 44.3
Free throw attempts: 9.6
James has been forced to adapt his game now that he's playing alongside Dwyane Wade.
The Heat have faced some adversity thus far, but it's only a matter of time before the two-time reigning MVP gets his act together and starts to take over games.
LeBron may be at his lowest scoring average since his rookie season, but he is still 10th in the league in points per game.
10. Luis Scola
Field goal attempts: 16.4
Field goal percentage: 50.7%
Free throw attempts: 6.1
Luis Scola—coming off a dominating performance for Argentina during the FIBA World Championship—has taken command of the low block for the Houston Rockets.
With Yao still working his way back from injury, the Rockets will continue to lean on Scola in the low post to do most of their damage.
Scola has nine games with at least 20 points scored and his season high comes in at 36. He has become Mr. Consistent for the Rockets and with or without Yao Ming, Scola will continue to be a focal point of their offense in the paint.
9. Eric Gordon
Field goal attempts: 17.3
Field goal percentage: 45.5
Free throw attempts: 9.3
On the season, Eric is dwarfing his career high by seven points. He has broken the 20-point barrier in 13 of 16 contests and he appears determined to drag the Clippers out of the cellar of the league.
Eric has a killer instinct and he attacks the basket with reckless abandon. Look no further than his 9.3 trips to the foul line as proof of this. Gordon has ridiculous hops and he's able to posterize just about anybody that gets his way.
After all, he didn't earn the nickname Air Gordon for nothing.
Gordon's three-point shooting has regressed significantly in the early going as he's shooting 23.2 percent, but with a career percentage of 36.5 from deep, it's only a matter of time before he starts to light it up from beyond the arc.
When that happens, he becomes an even bigger nightmare to guard.
8. Carmelo Anthony
Field goal attempts: 18.4
Field goal percentage: 45.9
Free throw attempts: 7.1
Even with all the trade chatter surrounding 'Melo, he can always be counted on to drop buckets.
Now that Wade and James are sharing the ball, it leaves the race for the scoring crown far less crowded near the top. Anthony may have his work cut out for him if he wants to challenge Kevin Durant, but 'Melo is capable of turning it up on the offensive side of the ball at will.
Anthony has scored less than 20 points on only three separate occasions, while he has broken the 30-point barrier four times.
His per-game numbers are slightly skewed after playing less than three minutes against Phoenix, but he still hovers near the top of the list.
7. Kevin Durant
Field goal attempts: 21.1
Field goal percentage: 42.6
Free throw attempts: 7.9
Kevin Durant—the reigning scoring champion—is off to a slow start to the year, yet he still leads the league in scoring.
While Durant has been rather inefficient this year, it's only a matter of time before he kicks it up a notch. When that happens, the rest of the league better watch out.
Kevin may shoot a lot, but when you're as talented as he is, you'll get the green light no matter who is coaching the team.
6. Kobe Bryant
Field goal attempts: 20.9
Field goal percentage: 42.8
Free throw attempts: 8.3
Volume shooting and Kobe Bryant are practically synonymous with one another.
Kobe's scoring average may be at his lowest since the 2003-04 season, but he's a prolific scorer and doesn't look to be slowing down significantly anytime soon.
After all, he did just drop 41 the other night.
Capable of hitting from just about anywhere on the court at nearly any angle, Bryant will continue to hoist up shots with the utmost confidence until the day he retires.
5. Monta Ellis
Field goal attempts: 19.5
Field goal percentage: 47.6
Free throw attempts: 5.9
Monta is currently sixth on the list of scorers. If it wasn't for a mid-game injury against the Lakers, his scoring average would most definitely be a bit higher.
Ellis appears more mature and he's playing smarter basketball. He may be shooting less this year, but he's been far more efficient in doing so.
The focal point of the Warriors attack, Monta has been putting on a show for Bay Area natives. He already has two 40-plus point games and has scored at least 20 points in 14 out of 17 contests.
4. Amar'e Stoudemire
Field goal attempts: 16.8
Field goal percentage: 51.2
Free throw attempts: 8.5
Headlining the new-look New York Knicks, Amar'e started the season slow. It took a few weeks for him to get acclimated to his teammates, but he has raised his offensive game in the last dozen or so games.
As the season continues to roll along, Amar'e will fall back into rhythm as the dominant power forward we've all come to know and love.
Amar'e is settling for less outside jumpers and attacking the basket more. With a renewed focus and aggressive mentality, he should start to score more efficiently and in bunches.
3. Dirk Nowitzki
Field goal attempts: 17.8
Field goal percentage: 54.5%
Free throw attempts: 6.5
Dirk may not be a flashy player, but he always gets the job done.
Nowitzki has been just about as consistent as they come for over a decade and he doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, he is having arguably the finest season of his career this year.
Diggler may shoot a lot, but he does so at an efficient clip. His 54 percent shooting from the field is by far the highest of the group.
Diggler's go-to move is his deadly fadeaway jumper. He takes advantage of his soft shooting touch and imposing size to shoot over just about anybody in the league.
2. Dwight Howard
Field goal attempts: 13.1
Field goal percentage: 59.8
Free throw attempts: 13.0
After a few lessons from Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight has taken a more aggressive approach to his offensive game.
Dwight is averaging the most shot attempts of his career, and he's topping his previous career high in the scoring department by nearly two points.
Howard is much more forceful in the paint, as he's getting to the line 13 times a game. While he's still shooting a dreadful percentage, Dwight has a new mentality when it comes to scoring, with some new post moves to boot.
1. Derrick Rose
Field goal attempts: 22.0
Field goal percentage: 46.8
Free throw attempts: 6.1
Derrick Rose is currently second in the league in points scored per game and he is torching the competition on a nightly basis.
With Carlos Boozer out, Derrick has put the Bulls on his back and carried them in the early going. While his attempts will surely go down when Carlos is back in the lineup, Rose has shown what he is capable of doing when he is forced to shoulder the offensive load.
Rose's jump shot is still developing, but he has taken noticeable strides and has even added the three-ball to his offensive arsenal. Couple his near-unparalleled slashing abilities with added range and he will terrorize the NBA for years to come.
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