OK. I'm not a fan of distorted, made-up stats to make a point, but bear with me on this one. Heard this on the radio coming in this morning.
Last night Dirk's offensive efficiency was incredible. He was 12-15 from the field (no 3 pointers taken) and 24-24 from the line. 39 shots, 36 made, 3 missed and 48 points. That is 16 points made for each miss. Some guy has put together the 2010-2011 and NBA history stats for points per miss. The results are interesting. I won't reproduce them all, but the blog post is here
The point is to identify a good scorer from someone who just jacks up shot after shot all night to get his points (I'm looking at you Antawan Jamison).
What the 2010-2011 results showed was that Dirk led the league this year with 2.724 points per miss followed by Paul Pierce, Gasol, Love, Durant and LaBron.
The amazing list to me was the all-time NBA list:
Kareem is first at 2.549, Dirk is 2nd at 2.386, Bird is third at 2.355, Jordan is fourth at 2.342, The Big O is fifth at 2.302, followed by Malone, Kobe, Shaq, Wilt and Iverson. (NOTE: Everyone on this list has 20,000 or more career points).
Interesting insight or stupid made-up stat?EDIT
: Before anyone chimes in with straw men, no one is claiming that Dirk is the 2nd best player in NBA history, that would be stupid. But is he perhaps one of the most underrated when you look at his numbers?