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Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder players on opposite ends of interesting FG distance chart

twitter.com Published: March 26, 2014
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OK, anyone who watches Thunder games knows Kevin Durant is taking longer shots than Steven Adams, but what about how their average distances compare to other NBA players?

Ed Kupfer of the Houston Rockets created a chart that plots the average field goal distance (on a play-by-play basis) against shots taken per game. He did this for players with a minimum of 100 field goal attempts and this is what he came up with.

 

 

 

Above is a sample of Kupfer's work, but here's an updated, larger version of the chart. Some of the names stack up on top of each other, but you can clearly see some of the Thunder players emerging on the fringes on each end.

Durant, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony are each sitting on the extreme end of shot attempts per game, but are in between 10-15 feet when it comes to average field goal distance. Russell Westbrook is in the same range, along with Reggie Jackson.

Adams is on the opposite end of the spectrum, with a lower average field goal distance on fewer attempts per game, doing most of his work around the rim. On the other hand, veteran Derek Fisher is grouped at the northern region of the chart with the league's most frequent 3-point shooters. Only four players in the NBA (min. 100 attempts) are taking longer shots on average than Fisher.

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