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Top 5 Mid Range Shooters In The Last NBA Season

Top 5 Mid Range Shooters In The Last NBA Season

 

Note: Minimum of at least 100 attempts

  1. No shocker the best midrange shooters was the best shooter in NBA history, Stephen Curry who shot 78/130 (60%). Haters claim he only shoots 3s but clearly he takes his fair share of midrange Js as well. steph
  2. Chris Paul going 97/180 (53.9%) on midrange was not a surprise as overall he’s a good shooter from all over the court, has high basketball IQ so his shot selection is on point. usa_today_10852197.0
  3. This dude actually came off the bench but wounded up top 3 in this list, having said that Trey Burke of the New York Knicks was 89/166(53.6%) from midrange. NBA: New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets
  4. At number four we have the last one to shoot at least 50% from midrange, minimum of 100 attempts. TJ McConnell of the Philadelphia 76ers shot 51/102(50%), some may assume he’s a bum since he is a white player off the bench but this man is underrated and will always hustle. 3075597_1280x720
  5. Kyrie Irving aka Uncle Drew was 112/225 (49.8%) from midrange which again wasn’t a shocker. GettyImages-930632234

Honorable mention: Barely behind Kyrie was sharpshooter JJ Redick another 76er who will likely be top 10 next season as well in this category. Anyways, as of last season he went 146/296(49.3%) from midrange. Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers

 

Better iso player? Kyrie Irving or James Harden

Better iso player? Kyrie Irving or James Harden

Note: Since most Iso stats only go as far as 2016 so that is far as my research will go.

Regular season Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 153 possessions

145 points

59/134 = 44%

Tov freq = 6.5

EFG% = 47.4

Score freq = 44.4%

Shooting foul freq = 7.2%

566 possessions

524 points

159/430 = 37%

Tov freq % = 10.4

EFG% = 43.4

Score freq % = 41.5

Shooting foul freq = 14.8%

2016-2017 367 possessions

412 points

149/317 = 47%

EFG % = 53.2

Tov freq % = 4.6

Score freq % = 49.6

Shooting foul freq = 10.6

552 possessions

537 points

157/421 = 37.3%

EFG %  45.5%

Tov freq %  = 10.3%

Score freq %  = 41.1%

Shooting foul freq = 14.1%

2017-2018 210 possessions

218 points

81/184 = 44%

EFG = 50.3%

Tov freq = 4.8%

Score freq = 46.2%

Shooting foul freq = 46.2%

720 possessions

877 points

251/567 = 44.3%

EFG = 55.2%

Tov freq = 4.7%

Score freq = 51%

Shooting foul freq = 18.2%

Thoughts: In the regular season Kyrie was more EFFICIENT and took care of the ball better, however James Harden with the benefit of superstar treatment was able to draw fouls easier. Still, Kyrie has the edge in most of those categories.

Playoffs Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 114 possessions

96 points

38/104 = 36.5%

EFG % = 40.9%

Tov freq = 3.5%

Score freq = 38.6%

Shooting foul freq = 6.1%

32 possessions

37 points

10/20 = 50%

EFG % = 55%

Tov freq = 9.4%

Score freq = 59.4%

Shooting foul freq = 28.1%

2016-2017 141 possessions

155 points

59/123 = 48%

EFG % = 56.5%

Tov freq = 7.1%

Score freq = 47.5%

Shooting foul freq = 5.7%

77 possessions

81 points

28/61 = 45.9%

EFG % = 56.6

Tov freq = 10.4%

Score freq = 44.2%

Shooting foul freq = 13%

2017-2018 Did Not Play 220 possessions

221 points

68/175 = 38.9%

EFG % = 46.6%

Tov freq = 9.1%

Score freq = 42.3%

Shooting foul freq = 14.5%

Thoughts: Sure Kyrie got less tovs in iso in the playoffs, but Harden scored more on a higher percentage and again his craftiness helped him have a higher chance of getting fouled on isolation plays. Overall in the playoffs I would say Harden was better on iso.

ISO: Kyrie Irving Vs James Harden

Better iso player?

Note: Since most Iso stats only go as far as 2016 so that is far as my research will go.

Regular season Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 153 possessions

145 points

59/134 = 44%

Tov freq = 6.5

EFG% = 47.4

Score freq = 44.4%

Shooting foul freq = 7.2%

566 possessions

524 points

159/430 = 37%

Tov freq % = 10.4

EFG% = 43.4

Score freq % = 41.5

Shooting foul freq = 14.8%

2016-2017 367 possessions

412 points

149/317 = 47%

EFG % = 53.2

Tov freq % = 4.6

Score freq % = 49.6

Shooting foul freq = 10.6

552 possessions

537 points

157/421 = 37.3%

EFG %  45.5%

Tov freq %  = 10.3%

Score freq %  = 41.1%

Shooting foul freq = 14.1%

2017-2018 210 possessions

218 points

81/184 = 44%

EFG = 50.3%

Tov freq = 4.8%

Score freq = 46.2%

Shooting foul freq = 46.2%

720 possessions

877 points

251/567 = 44.3%

EFG = 55.2%

Tov freq = 4.7%

Score freq = 51%

Shooting foul freq = 18.2%

hi-res-805b71b911b09fc32a5a55eea3edd12d_crop_exactThoughts: In the regular season Kyrie was more EFFICIENT and took care of the ball better, however James Harden with the benefit of superstar treatment was able to draw fouls easier. Still, Kyrie has the edge in most of those categories.

Playoffs Kyrie Irving James Harden
2015-2016 114 possessions

96 points

38/104 = 36.5%

EFG % = 40.9%

Tov freq = 3.5%

Score freq = 38.6%

Shooting foul freq = 6.1%

32 possessions

37 points

10/20 = 50%

EFG % = 55%

Tov freq = 9.4%

Score freq = 59.4%

Shooting foul freq = 28.1%

2016-2017 141 possessions

155 points

59/123 = 48%

EFG % = 56.5%

Tov freq = 7.1%

Score freq = 47.5%

Shooting foul freq = 5.7%

77 possessions

81 points

28/61 = 45.9%

EFG % = 56.6

Tov freq = 10.4%

Score freq = 44.2%

Shooting foul freq = 13%

2017-2018 Did Not Play 220 possessions

221 points

68/175 = 38.9%

EFG % = 46.6%

Tov freq = 9.1%

Score freq = 42.3%

Shooting foul freq = 14.5%

Thoughts: Sure Kyrie got less tovs in iso in the playoffs, but Harden scored more on a higher percentage and again his craftiness helped him have a higher chance of getting fouled on isolation plays. Overall in the playoffs I would say Harden was better on iso.

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2-0 is not end game for LeBron & The Cavaliers. Is far from over.

Another win by the Boston Celtics over the Cavaliers making it a 2-0 series in a best of 7.  Honestly aside from LeBron James and Kevin Love the Cavs are really hard to watch, especially Tristan Thompson-Kardashian and JR Smith.  Boston looks so good and somehow the talks are more about next year “trading Tatum-Brown for Kwahi” or “Kyrie-Hayward for Kwahi” then how good this team is right now.  How interesting is it that Brad Stevens didn’t get any votes despite the team success.

2 games down and the celebrations, the memes, the conclusions and all the nonsense of the NBA playoffs are coming to live.  The “LeBron haters” bandwagon has to either be at full capacity or at least looking into upgrading to a greyhound bus.  The NBA playoffs are fun to watch and they are even more appealing when one of the greats (LeBron James) is losing.  People are more surprised, intrigued and involved in the Celtics-Cavaliers than the Rockets-Warriors.

The Celtics are playing great right now, but truly won’t know that until they win the fourth game. At no point in time can they let their guard down.  Game 1 a 25 point victory, game 2 a 13 point victory, both victories at home.  The Celtics have not lost at home this post-season, also they have only won 1 game outside of their home.  They have been deadly at home, taking full advantage and adding to the argument on how important it is to have home court.

Game 1 the Cavaliers looked lost, like they didn’t want to be there at all.  Game 2 looked a little better like they started to get it going (for about 2 quarters) and then went back to just kicking back.  The 2 performances from the Cavaliers is exactly what they have been doing all season.  LeBron putting up great or even amazing numbers and the team is still ending with a loss is nothing new, it has been happening all season.

Should the Cavaliers be worried? Yes, you are down 2-0. Is true that the Celtics are 37-0 all time in series when they lead the series 2-0.  So should the Celtics still be worried? Yes.  They are going to Cleveland to play a pair of games, which could even the series up (just like it happen with the Bucks series).  The Celtics have struggled winning on the road this post season.  Have we forgotten about the Bucks series that went to 7 games, last game played in Boston, hopefully not?  The series vs the Bucks showed the Celtics true colors and how dependent they are on home court.

While the Celtics have only won 1 game away from home, the Cavaliers have won 3, now why does this even matter? Because if we follow the pattern and Celtics don’t win at home then is 2-2 series going back to the Celtics (like with the Bucks).  Game 5, will be decisive, if the Celtics can’t get the win then we look at a game 6 on the road down 3-2.  Best case scenario for the Celtics is for them to close it out the next 2 games because if they don’t win on the road they could be looking at game 7 Vs LeBron James.

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Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Written by Francis S Estepan.  April 20th, 2018.

As humans we are always looking for the next big thing.  In the NBA Who will be the next MJ? Kobe? Shaq? LeBron James is still playing the game and already we are looking for who is going to one-up him? Ben Simmons? Giannis?  So here is a nonsense theory for case for Terry Rozier v James Harden.

Rozier currently holding the starting position for the Boston Celtics as they faced Milwaukee Bucks.  Rozier is a 6-2 lengthy sophomore guard that seems to shine whenever Brad Stevens calls his name (or Kyrie Irving is missing more time).  When looking at his numbers the first thing that comes to mind is how his numbers for the season are so low.  Now look at his post season numbers and you can see a different monster giving the minutes and the shots.

f                Be mindful that last year he was a ball dominant guard Isaiah Thomas and this year another one in Kyrie Irving.  17-18 Playoff comes his number has officially been called and he is producing at an unbelievable rate 23 Ppg, 5.5 Ast, 3.5 Rebounds while taking care of the ball.  His minutes have double from the years before and he doesn’t seem to be letting fatigue slow him down.

James Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and didn’t get his first start tilt his sophomore year.  Fast forward some years he is the face of the Houston Rockets, making the Thunder look like they gave up gold for beach sand.  Looking at the playoff numbers Harden 3rd season was where he came alive in the playoffs.  (Rozier is on his 3rd year, look back at his numbers).

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Rozier had a triple double in his first NBA start, that may have been a sign, some may have seen as a fluke. Brad Stevens didn’t seem too worry with Kyrie latest injury, he seem to have been prepare with an insurance policy that came with the Terry Rozier premium.  The postseason is where players are made or broken? Where players earn their statuses for years to come? Vintage Rondo, Father time/Wade, Manu Ginobili.

Harden and Rozier ability to score when the stage is big could be what draws them closer in comparison.  Put the numbers aside and you can find the similarity in their situations.  Could it have been guaranteed that Harden would have become as dominant alongside Westbrook and Durant? Have we seen what Rozier is fully capable off?

Right now Terry Rozier is no James Harden. Should teams start throwing money bags at him, that’s above my pay grade.  No team is going to sit a Kyrie Irving for a Terry Rozier.  But not all teams have a Kyrie or a Harden.  If Rozier talent is truly there, he shouldn’t let it go to waste being a backup.  Teams in the NBA are always looking to build a solid foundation.  It worked out well for Houston.

Do you think Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

(Side note: Bledsoe comments regarding not knowing who Rozier is.  Any player that hits a clutch shot, has a great game against you or is between you and the next round? You know who he is. If Jrue Holiday remembers how hard Rajon Rondo plays in the playoffs from a series years ago, am sure Bledsoe remembers put him on wheels than a week ago) #BledsoeSalty