Kevin Durant vs. Carmelo Anthony 2013 Scoring Comparison

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Who’s the best scorer in the league? People think it’s Carmelo. People think it’s KD. Some think LeBron.

These statistics are from the 2012-2013 REGULAR SEASON. Regular season. Not playoffs. I included playoff stats at the end.

I used espn.com, basketballreference.com, and mysynergysports.com for statistics.

You can even click these two links if you don’t believe them. KD and Melo.

Hope you enjoy.

Key stats-

Games played) Durant: 81  Anthony: 67

Shot attempts) Durant: 1,433  Anthony: 1,489

Total made shots) KD: 731 Melo: 669

Although KD played more games, Durant made 62 more shots than Melo with 56 less shot attempts.

Scoring-

Points per game) KD: 28.1  Melo: 28.7

Total points) KD: 2,280 pts Melo: 1,920 pts

Games with 20 points or more) KD: 71 times  Melo: 60 times

Games with 25 points or more) KD: 57 times  Melo: 49 times

Games with 30 points or more) KD: 33 times  Melo: 31 times

Games with 35 points or more) KD: 15 times  Melo: 17 times

Games with 40 points or more) KD: 6 times  Melo: 8 times

Games with 50 points or more) KD: 1 time  Melo: 1 time

Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title. Kevin Durant led the league in total points. Carmelo Anthony was the better volume scorer during the 2012-2013 season.

Key stats-

FG%) KD: 51%  Melo: 44%

3pt%) KD: 41%  Melo: 37%

Total made shots) KD: 731 Melo: 669

Efficiency-

Games with 20 points or more + 50% shooting or better) KD: 48 games  Melo: 24 games

Games with 20 points or more + 55% shooting or better) KD: 29 games  Melo: 12 games

Games with 20 points or more + 60% shooting or better) KD: 14 games  Melo: 6 games

Games with 25 points or more + 50% shooting or better) KD: 37 games  Melo: 21 games

Games with 25 points or more + 55% shooting or better) KD: 24 games  Melo: 12 games

Games with 25 points or more + 60% shooting or better) KD: 13 games  Melo: 6 games

Games with 30 points or more + 50% shooting or better) KD: 21 games   Melo: 15 games

Games with 30 points or more + 55% shooting or better) KD: 15 games   Melo: 9 games

Games with 30 points or more + 60% shooting or better) KD: 8 games  Melo: 6 games

67% of KD’s 20 point games were over 50% shooting. Only 40% of Melo’s 20 point games were over 50% shooting.

63% of KD’s 30 point games were over 50% shooting. Only 48% of Melo’s 30 points were over 50% shooting.

Durant clearly wins the battle of efficiency.

Made shots-

Games with 7 made shots or more) KD: 67 games  Melo: 58 games

Games with 10 made shots or more) KD: 36 games  Melo: 39 games

Games with 12 made shots or more) KD: 13 games Melo: 19 games

Games with 14 made shots or more) KD: 3 games Melo: 12 games

Even though Melo played less 14 fewer games, Melo had many games with made shots in the double digits. But also factor in that Melo took 56 more shots than KD.

2013 PLAYOFF SCORING STATS-

Games played) KD: 11  Melo: 12

Shot attempts) KD: 246 Melo: 310

Shots made) KD: 112 Melo: 126

Total Points) KD: 339  Melo: 346

Points per game) KD: 30.8  Melo: 28.8

FG%) KD: 45% Melo: 40%

3PT%) KD: 31% Melo: 29%

Even with 64 less shot attempts and one less game, KD is behind Melo by seven points and fourteen made shots. Also factor in KD was without his all-star point guard, Russell Westbrook.

SHOT LOCATION (HOOPDATA.COM)-

At Rim) KD: 259/345. 75%  Melo: 235/428. 54%

3 to 9 feet) KD: 76/140. 54%  Melo: 25/72. 34%

10 to 15 feet) KD: 112/199. 56%  Melo: 77/164. 47%

16 to 23 feet) KD: 130/304. 43%  Melo: 155/359. 43%

KD was a more accurate scorer this season from the rim out to 15 feet. Melo was a little better from 16 to 23 feet. KD would have had to shoot 25/55, 45%, a little above his average , to catch up to Melo.

ADVANCED METRICS- A subscription is required to view these stats. If you don’t have an account for “mysynergysports” you can’t see these stats. You’re going to have to trust me! Ha.

In Isolation) KD: 172/391. 44%  Melo: 195/487. 40%

As a P&R Ball Handler) KD: 99/209. 47%  Melo: 93/194. 47%

Post-ups) KD: 88/170. 51%  Melo: 150/347. 43%

Spot-Up) KD: 103/230. 44%  Melo: 125/305. 41%

Off Screen) KD: 109/240. 45%  Melo: 43/95. 45%

Transition) KD: 125/203. 61%  Melo: 62/130. 47%

Not going to include a conclusion. I think the numbers speak for themselves. I hope you enjoyed my comparison between two elite players.

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