Which players have been the most offensively efficient in the playoffs? To answer this question I looked at field goal percentage (which is not the best measure of shooting efficiency — that would be true shooting percentage — but it was the best data I could get) of all players that have attempted at least 10 field goals a game and have played at least 30 minutes per game.
- Data from here.
- Unsurprisingly, centers and forwards make up the top five. Centers usually shoot from within 10 feet of the basket (unless your name is Chris Bosh). And forwards generally don’t take as many mid-range jumpers as guards do (mid-range jumpers are inefficient shots).
- What is surprising is some of the names on this list. Carlos Boozer? Harrison Barnes? Even Serge Ibaka? These are not names we’d expect to be on this list. One reason for this is small sample size — any decent professional player can shoot 65% from the field for two or three games.
- The other thing to point out is the importance of Carlos Boozer, Harrison Barnes, and Serge Ibaka to their respective teams. These players don’t get as much media and defensive attention as other players on their teams (Joakhim Noah, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant) but their efficiency has been key to how their teams have performed in the playoffs so far. For example, every Bulls fan I know has said that the Bulls play well when Boozer plays well — similarly, with the absence of Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder will need Serge Ibaka to keep on contributing offensively.