Last Friday on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry released a great series of charts breaking down the top NBA scorers and shooters from various spots on the floor. The graphics—interactives, thanks to Bostonography's Andy Woodruff—are revealing as always, especially Dirk Nowitzki's:
Dirk is well above league average from almost everywhere on the floor, and the chart makes it clear that he's easily the best midrange shooter in the league. Closing in: LaMarcus Aldridge.
Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was previously an offensive assistant for the Mavericks, and, as Brent Koremenos covered last week, it's easy to draw a line between how the Mavericks use Dirk, and how Portland has started using Aldridge. Go check out the rest of the Goldsberry graphics over on Grantland.