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14
Sep
09

Which NBA Players Try To Dunk the Most

As most would have predicted, Dwight Howard led the NBA in total number of dunks with 202, during the ’08-’09 season. But which players had the highest percentage of their shot attempts come as dunks? Anthony Morrow of Golden State led the NBA in 3 point shooting with a .467%. Which players had the most of their shot attempt come from behind the arc and can truly be considered 3 pt specialists? Some on these two lists are as expected while others will surprise you.

 

Joakim Noah

Players Who Had the Highest Percentage of Shot Attempts as Dunks

 (min 300 shot attempts)

 

Player

 

Team

 

% of Dunks

 

 

# of Dunks

 

 

 

Joakim Noah 

CHI

 

94

 

86

 

Joel Pryzbilla 

POR

 

92

 

61

 

Tyson Chandler 

NOH

 

91

 

89

 

Greg Oden 

POR

 

90

 

99

 

Eric Dampier 

DAL

 

88

 

69

 

Andrew Bogut 

MIL

 

86

 

38

 

A. Biedrins 

GSW

 

84

 

66

 

Dwight Howard 

ORL

 

83

 

202

 

Leon Powe 

BOS

 

78

 

47

 

Kendrick Perkins 

BOS

 

71

 

52

 

 

No real shocks here, but Noah as #1 in the league over players like Oden and Howard got my attention. Notable players with more than 100 dunks who did not make the list are Shaquille O’Neal, Nene, Ameka Okafor, and David Lee. I guess all of these players could stand to add a 10 foot jumper to their arsenal.

 

 Shane Battier

 

  Players Who Had the Highest Percentage of Their Shots as 3 Pointers

(min 50 shots)

 

 

 

Player

 

 

 

Team

 

% of 3 PT Shots

 

3 PT %

 

Shane Battier 

HOU

 

66

 

.384

 

Rudy Fernandez 

POR

 

63

 

.399

 

Dequan Cook 

MIA

 

61

 

.387

 

Eddie House 

BOS

 

60

 

.444

 

Bobby Simmons 

NJN

 

59

 

.447

 

James Posey 

NOH

 

59

 

.369

 

JJ Redick 

ORL

 

59

 

.374

 

Vujacic 

LAL

 

55

 

.363

 

Boobie Gibson 

CLE

 

53

 

.382

 

Rodney Carney 

MIN

 

53

 

.350

 

 

 We all knew that Eddie House, J.J Redick, and Boobie Gibson like to jack up 3’s immediately once they are on the court, but I personally thought that Shane Battier was a more well rounded player since he also plays great defense. His stats show he is strictly a 3 point shooter when in the game, as evidence by his 2 dunks for the entire season. The two players who are the best slashers on the list prove to be Rudy Fernandez and Rodney Carney since they had 26 and 39 dunks to go with shooting more than 53% of the time behind the arc.
 
Thanks to 82games.com
21
Jul
09

Why the Warriors Could Be a Sleeper Team in the West

Golden state warriors logoAllen Moll is an avid NBA and College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  He also writes for Hoopdoctors.com

Don’t look now, but a California based team who drafted one of the most exciting NCAA players in recent memory has aspirations of making the playoffs next season. No, it is not the LA Clippers, but possibly the youngest NBA team in terms of experience, the Golden State Warriors. Although the Warriors finished a dismal 29-53 and in 3rd place in the Pacific division, they did have a winning record at home. After a few on and off the court changes, they could be a team to make some noise in the 09′-10′ season.

Before the NBA draft, several moves were made to jump start this young and exciting team that seems stuck in mediocrity or worse for the last few seasons. Starting with the front office, former Warrior legend, Chris Mullen was left go as GM, and replaced by Larry Riley. The new GM quickly started altering the team by trading Jamal Crawford, a 19 ppg scorer to Atlanta for 3rd year point guard Acie Law, and 11 year veteran Speedy Claxton. Although this could be a cost cutting move, Law could become a valuable back up at the point since 2 years ago he was worth the #11 pick in the draft out of Texas A&M. The real coupe was drafting former Davidson sharpshooter, Stephon Curry, #7 overall in this year’s draft. While many scouts weren’t sure if he could handle playing the point in the pros, it is undeniable that the kid knows how to put the ball in the basket averaging over 28 ppg in his senior season. The new GM has so much confidence in Curry that he nixed a draft day trade to acquire the Sun’s Amare Stoudamire for Curry.

The young Warriors have been the talk of the Las Vegas Summer League with two players setting new scoring records with 2nd year players, Anthony Randolph scoring 42 points, then teammate Anthony Morrow racking up 47 in one game. The trio of Randolph(26.8), Curry(17.4), and Morrow(10.1) has been impressive this Summer playing against other NBA newcomers.

That trio is surrounded by a few underrated veterans, namely leading scorer Stephan Jackson, who has found a home with the Warriors, averaged 20.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jackson, a 9 year veteran just needs to learn to control his emotions. Corey Maggette, who hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being the #13th pick out of Duke 10 years ago, is a steady 16-18 ppg scorer when healthy. Maggette, who had off-season wrist surgery should be ready by August 1st to resume basketball activities. Kelenna Azubuike, a 3rd year player from Kentucky has steadily increased his numbers in each year to 14.4 ppg last season.

The true diamond in the rough may be former 2nd round pick in 05′, point guard Monta Ellis. The 4 year pro, signed a 6 year, $66 million dollar contract in 08′ after averaging 20.2 points. Last season he averaged 19 points in only 25 games because of a 30 game suspension and injuries sustained from a moped accident. On the defensive front, Ronny Turiaf led the team with 2.1 blocks.

There’s no denying the Warriors are on the right track as far as scoring the basketball but the real test for Hall of Fame Coach Don Nelson will be defense. The upstart Warriors ranked among the leagues worst in defensive categories among NBA teams last season. They may need another veteran player to direct all of their young talent as evidence of their decent record at home and horrendous 8-33 on the road.

Even in a tough Western Conference, “Nellie” just might be the perfect architect to motivate these young Warriors to play a little defense and sneak into the 2010 playoffs.

 

 




About the Author:

Allen Moll is an avid NBA and College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen also writes for thehoopdoctors.com, Bleacherreport.com, and UpperDeckblog.com.

Favorite teams include everything Philly, like Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, Villanova , St. Joe's , Hoops, LaSalle, and Lehigh University Hoops.

Contact info: mollallen@yahoo.com

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