People always like to praise a playerâ€™s selflessness on the court while at the same time criticizing those who do not share the same virtues. But which players really are â€œselfish?â€ Iâ€™ve developed a simple measure that will attempt to answer this question.
First, let me describe what I mean by selfish. For the sake of this article, selfish means a player who consistently chooses to shoot instead of setting up plays for others. The player doesnâ€™t need to take a lot of shots or be a high-volume shooter.
To come up with the rating was actually quite simple. First, I divided a playerâ€™s total field goal attempts by their number of assists. I then found their ranking among players of their position. Finally, I translated this ranking to a stat on a 0-10 scale.
Simple enough. But before I reveal the numbers, I want to stress that this is a very simple rating system. Because of how basic it is, there will certainly be exceptions to the rule that get misrepresented. Also, donâ€™t forget this is adjusted for position. In reality, most point guards are probably very selfless. But if a point guard has a rating of 8 or 9, that just means heâ€™s more selfish than other floor generals.
To see the numbers for every player, go to:
Also, here are a few tables that may be of interest: