Inspired by a post at celtics hub about Glen Davis, I made the trip over to Hoopdata to ask the following question:
Where does Kevin Love rank in terms of FG% in "at the rim" shots relative to other power forwards who have played at least 30 games and play at least 20 minutes per game.? This is for the 2010 season.
Here's the link to the Hoopdata area shot chart data, you may need to click on at the rim FG% to get the correct sort.
(ED Note: I added a break and bumped this to the front page. More "at the rim" goodness below the fold.)
37 players qualify for the list and at the rim FG % varies from 70% to 51%. Love, ranked 33rd, is at 55% FG% at the rim. Ranked 1st, of course, is LMA at 70%. Ah, the advantages of being God's sole perfect creation.
A cursory examination of these data by yours truly noted that there appears to be at least a weak positive correlation between % assisted and FG% at the rim. Given that an ally-oop is an assist, this makes some sense. Great players like Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzski, and (ahem) Al Harrington seem to overcome (or produce) rather low assist rates. But the top of the list in terms of FG% looks very similar to the top of the list in terms of % assisted.
My hypothesis, after a (ahem) thorough data mining exercise, is that Kevin Love can and will finish better at the rim once the team gets a better PG. But he will never finish as well at the rim as players like Bosh and Dirk.
Remember, knowing is half the battle.