NBA’s Top Creators Find Assists in Unexpected Targets

December 2nd, 2014 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

When a basket happens, most of the credit most often goes to the shooter. He's the guy who put the ball through the hoop, after all. 

Whether it's a dunk or a three-point bomb, it's usually only after a moment of consideration that the passer begins to factor in the equation. But how the ball gets in the shooter's hands and where plays a significant role in whether the shot goes in.

With that in mind, it's important to take a look at some passing stats.'s SportVU data now tracks to which teammates players throw their passes and how well those players shoot after receiving them. Below, we take a look at four of the league's best passers and how their teammates have performed. 

Pay close attention to the kinds of players who shoot well and those who don't. 


Chris Paul

Unsurprisingly, Blake Griffin is CP3's top target, and it's not all that close. More than twice as many of Paul's passes go to Blake than any other player on the Los Angeles Clippers.

However, only one out of every nine passes to Blake ...

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