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Harden, Westbrook among all-time points per minute leaders

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by topfive, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. topfive

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    I was curious about how Harden stacks up among the offensive giants in NBA history, so I did a little stat research to see which players scored the most points per minutes played. Since I didn't have time to do every player in history, I focused only on the top 50 overall scorers in league history. This leaves out guys who were great scorers, then left the game prematurely due to injuries (Michael Redd at .595 ppm) or death (Dražen Petrović at .581 ppm).

    For a fuller accounting of offensive impact, you'd need to factor in at least assists and preferably points created off assists, a stat that I doubt was kept until a decade or two ago.

    Anyway, when it comes strictly to points scored per minutes of playing time, here are the results, in order (former or current Rockets bolded):

    Michael Jordan -- .787
    George Gervin -- .780
    Kevin Durant -- .733
    James Harden -- .730
    LeBron James -- .704
    Dominique Wilkins -- .700

    Jerry West -- .689
    Shaquille O'Neal -- .686
    Elgin Baylor -- .683
    Bob Pettit -- .680
    Adrian Dantley -- .679
    Karl Malone -- .673
    Alex English -- .673
    Kobe Bryant -- .673
    Russell Westbrook -- .670
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- .668
    Carmelo Anthony -- .663
    Wilt Chamberlain -- .656
    Dan Issel -- .656

    Allen Iverson -- .648
    Dwyane Wade -- .648
    Julius Erving -- .641
    Rick Barry -- .638
    Larry Bird -- .633
    Dirk Nowitzki -- .626
    Vince Carter -- .617
    Patrick Ewing -- .611
    Hakeem Olajuwon -- .609
    Oscar Robertson -- .609
    Moses Malone -- .608
    David Robinson -- .607
    Paul Pierce -- .604
    Charles Barkley -- .604

    Mitch Richmond -- .597
    Tom Chambers -- .591
    Clyde Drexler -- .591
    John Havlicek -- .568
    Tim Duncan -- .559
    Elvin Hayes -- .546
    Hal Greer -- .543
    Walt Bellamy -- .538
    Antawn Jamison -- .532
    Reggie Miller -- .531
    Artis Gilmore -- .529
    Ray Allen -- .529
    Kevin Garnett -- .517
    Robert Parish -- .511
    Pau Gasol -- .510

    Gary Payton -- .463
    Joe Johnson -- .461
     
  2. don grahamleone

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    How are we supposed to discuss this? Brilliant work. I'm not sure how to respond without calling on my inner @fchowd0311 or @DaDakota. Frankly I'm just in awe and I'm ready for the rest of the season plus playoffs. It sure does feel like this is our year.
     
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    Cool thread idea.

    Harden with an even more impressive .796 points per minute while in Houston.
     
  4. topfive

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    I don't know either. All I do know is that every time Morey says that James is among the greatest offensive players in NBA history, people scoff at him. Points per minute kind of defines scoring, so this shows that he definitively belongs in the discussion.
     
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    [career]
    MJ FGApg 22.9
    Harden FGApg 16.7

    [career high]
    (MJ with a high of 27.8 and Harden with a high of 24.5)(Kobe 27.2)(39.5 for Wilt)

    Anyway.. suck it to all those that think MJ wasn't a ballhog when compared to Harden. When you're good.. take a lot of shots. That's your best chance at winning.
     
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