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Ranking NBA players by percentage of field goals created on their own – and, of course, Greg Monroe falls near the bottom

Before last summer’s NBA Draft, DraftExpress wrote in Greg Monroe’s strength section:

Ability to create own shot

NBADraft.net said:

He can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot as well.

I’m not just passing the buck, either. I wrote:

His ability to create his own shot will come in handy in the matchup-based NBA.

Boy, were we all wrong – at least it appears that way.

Just nine players have created a lower percentage of their own field goals – with a created field goal defined as one that wasn’t assisted and didn’t come directly after an offensive rebound – than Monroe this season (minimum 200 made shots):

RK Player Field goals Putbacks Assisted Percent created
1 Tyson Chandler 209 41 155 6.22
2 Marcin Gortat 206 30 160 7.77
3 Nicolas Batum 274 25 225 8.76
4 Serge Ibaka 238 55 162 8.82
5 Antawn Jamison 374 24 313 9.89
6 Kris Humphries 240 43 172 10.42
7 Ersan Ilyasova 204 31 151 10.78
8 Emeka Okafor 240 43 171 10.83
9 Omri Casspi 202 16 164 10.89
10 Greg Monroe 214 69 121 11.21
11 Richard Jefferson 249 10 211 11.24
12 DeJuan Blair 240 42 169 12.08
13 Chase Budinger 206 10 171 12.14
14 Mike Dunleavy 214 6 182 12.15
15 Channing Frye 279 16 226 13.26

Through March 7, 2011. Data on number of putback baskets came from Synergy. Data on numbers of assisted baskets came from HoopData.

What this means for Monroe’s future

So, were we all wrong about Monroe? I don’t think so.

I certainly can’t build a case today, because Monroe hasn’t shown an ability to create his own shot in the NBA. But I think that stems more from the Pistons not asking him to do it. They want him focused on rebounding and defense. He’s involved in the offense on pick and rolls and offensive rebounding, but that’s it. I don’t think they want to put too much on his plate at once.

If that’s the case – and in time, we’ll see – this is a huge positive for Monroe. Several players listed above don’t create many baskets for themselves because they can’t create many baskets for themselves.

Monroe is already helping the Pistons in big ways. He’s arguably been their best player this season.

If there’s a large part of his game the Pistons haven’t unleashed – and judging by these numbers, if he possesses the skillset, the Pistons definitely haven’t unleashed it – watch out, NBA.

More data on a player’s ability to create his own shot

To find the 15 players with the lowest percentage of their field goals created by themselves, I had to calculate the percentage for several other players. I can’t say for certain this list begins at No. 16 and continues from there (although it’s likely more reliable not  to have skipped players at the top  than at the bottom), but if you want to see the data for a few other players, see below the jump.


Player Field goals Off rebounds Assisted Percent created
Amir Johnson 257 56 162 15.18
Marco Belinelli 232 3 193 15.52
Darrell Arthur 242 31 173 15.70
Kevin Garnett 323 14 255 16.72
Landry Fields 235 27 168 17.02
David Lee 346 54 233 17.05
Kevin Love 443 89 276 17.61
Andrei Kirilenko 231 22 168 17.75
Charlie Villanueva 258 16 193 18.99
J.J. Hickson 298 52 187 19.80
Blake Griffin 544 72 363 20.04
JaVale McGee 219 51 124 20.09
Al Horford 411 42 285 20.44
Shawn Marion 308 29 215 20.78
Thaddeus Young 338 38 227 21.60
Glen Davis 269 13 197 21.93
Elton Brand 380 47 249 22.11
Nene Hilario 323 27 222 22.91
Paul Millsap 427 24 304 23.19
Carlos Boozer 339 38 222 23.30
Al Harrington 222 20 150 23.42
Dorell Wright 361 23 253 23.55
Rashard Lewis 252 16 175 24.21
Brandon Bass 249 25 163 24.50
Zach Randolph 482 123 240 24.69
Josh Smith 395 25 271 25.06
Luol Deng 403 28 271 25.81
Gerald Wallace 271 26 175 25.83
Ron Artest 200 12 136 26.00
Brook Lopez 463 39 301 26.57
Marc Gasol 286 31 176 27.62
Luis Scola 505 40 324 27.92
Lamar Odom 369 51 213 28.46
Al Jefferson 500 54 303 28.60
Boris Diaw 283 14 188 28.62
Danilo Gallinari 219 6 150 28.77
David West 477 54 283 29.35
Dwight Howard 500 80 269 30.20
Carl Landry 268 52 133 30.97
Roy Hibbert 322 43 176 31.99
Tim Duncan 347 35 200 32.28
LaMarcus Aldridge 554 71 300 33.03
Andray Blatche 348 28 202 33.91
Andrew Bogut 271 50 129 33.95
Pau Gasol 456 30 262 35.96
Darko Milicic 230 33 111 37.39
DeMarcus Cousins 322 67 117 42.86

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