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A Ranking of Golden State Warriors Scorers in the 3-Point Era

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Amidst all this talk of tanking lately, I thought it would be nice to mix it up a bit and throw some Warriors-related stats and history at you today. Recently at my blog, I've been working on a new scoring metric. It's a relatively simple combination of TS% and USG%, which thus tries to account for both efficiency (TS%) and volume (USG%) simultaneously, and does so in (I think) a novel way. Here, I'll use this new metric to do a ranking of Warriors players since the 3-pt shot came into effect, and I'll also throw in a table showing just this season. I don't mean for this to be controversial, even though I'm sure some of you will disagree with the list. But hey, it might be fun arguing about something other than our next win, er, loss.

Read the full article linked to above for the details, but the basic idea is that I calculate a "distance" for each player on the TS% vs. USG% graph to the line shown in the following plot:

Plot_usg_eff_lines_medium

via thecity2.files.wordpress.com

My "working hypothesis" is that this line represents truly great scoring seasons, a theoretical upper limit on scoring, if you will. To put the rating into some context, I made it so that the maximum is 1.0 and an average player would be 0.0. A below average player will be correspondingly negative. With that said, here is a list of the Warriors players on the list over the past 3 decades or so that had over 500 FGA in a season.

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Here are the Warriors this season (>100 FGA):

Player

Age

Dist

TS%

USG%

Curry

23

0.555

60.50%

24.2

Lee

28

0.350

55.30%

25.8

Thompson

21

0.218

54.10%

24.4

Rush

26

0.123

60.90%

14.8

Robinson

27

-0.028

50.90%

22.9

D. Wright

26

-0.106

54.90%

16.8

Jenkins

22

-0.136

53.00%

18.3

McGuire

26

-0.714

49.10%

10.7