True shooting percentage takes into account the type of shot that a player/lineup/team attempted. So for example, Kyle Korver and John Wall might both shoot 49% from the field (this is probably not true, but for the sake of this example…) but Korver is shooting more threes while John Wall is shooting more two-point field goals. Thus, while both players might have the same field goal percentage, the value of their shooting is certainly not the same — Korver is bombing threes while Wall is making twos. Clearly, 49% from three is much more valuable than 49% from the restricted area.
True shooting percentage takes into account the number of threes, twos, and free throws a player takes, and adjusts for the degree of difficulty for each shot to come up with a more accurate representation of a player’s “true” shooting ability.
Here are the best and worst shooting lineups from last year (minimum of 240 minutes played):
I’ve also included the best team in the NBA in terms of true shooting percentage (the Miami Heat, no surprises), the median or middle team (Nets/Trail Blazers), and the worst team in the NBA (the Charlotte Bobcats).
After taking a look at this list, it’s easy to see that there are a ton of good lineups. Obviously the Miami Heat dominate the top of the list, but Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics also make the list.