Which players are the most efficient in the NBA? Which players are the best fantasy players in the league?

NBA.com evaluated all players in 2001-02 by position based on the following efficiency formula, the same one used in Virtual GM: ((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)) / Games Played

And what did we find out about the forwards?

  • Minnesota's Kevin Garnett and San Antonio's Tim Duncan ranked as the most efficient small and power forwards, respectively, in the NBA last season.
  • Phoenix small forward Shawn Marion scored 19.1 points per game, only 0.3 ppg less than New York's Latrell Sprewell, yet had a notably better efficiency average (E.A.): 22.6 to 14.4
  • Memphis rookie Pau Gasol ranked as the seventh most efficient small forward, ahead of notables such as Sacramento's Predrag Stojakovic and Washington's Michael Jordan.

    And new in 2002-03, NBA.com will track the league leaders in efficiency in the daily statistics .


    Garnett (22.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 5.2 apg, .470 FG% and .801 FT%) ranked as the most efficient small forward in 2001-02.
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    S M A L L  F O R W A R D S
    RANK
    PLAYER
    E.A.
    1.
    Kevin Garnett
    28.1
    2.
    Dirk Nowitzki
    26.3
    3.
    Paul Pierce
    23.9
    4.
    Shawn Marion
    22.6
    5.
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim
    22.0
    6.
    Pau Gasol
    21.1
    7.
    Grant Hill
    19.7
    8.
    Predrag Stojakovic
    19.5
    9.
    Glenn Robinson
    18.9
    10.
    Michael Jordan
    18.8
    11.
    Jamal Mashburn
    18.5
    12.
    Rashard Lewis
    18.4
    13.
    Jalen Rose
    18.0
    14.
    Donyell Marshall
    17.4
    15.
    Keith Van Horn
    15.7
    16.
    Lamar Odom
    15.4
    17.
    Lamond Murray
    15.1
    18.
    Scottie Pippen
    14.9
    19.
    Latrell Sprewell
    14.4
    20.
    Al Harrington
    13.8
    21.
    Ron Artest
    13.7
    22.
    Matt Harpring
    13.3
    23.
    James Posey
    12.5
    24.
    Morris Peterson
    12.4
    25.
    Corliss Williamson
    12.3
    26.
    Jumaine Jones
    11.6
    27.
    Ruben Patterson
    11.5
    28.
    Ira Newble
    11.2
    T-29.
    Rick Fox
    11.1
    T-29.
    Pat Garrity
    11.1
    T-31.
    Hidayet Turkoglu
    11.0
    T-31.
    Jerome Williams
    11.0
    33.
    Toni Kukoc
    10.6
    34.
    Adrian Griffin
    10.5
    35.
    Corey Maggette
    10.5
    36.
    Tim Thomas
    10.4
    37.
    Eduardo Najera
    10.1
    T-38.
    Richard Jefferson
    9.9
    T-38.
    Lee Nailon
    9.9
    40.
    Tyson Chandler
    8.6
    41.
    George McCloud
    8.6
    42.
    Monty Williams
    8.6
    43.
    Devean George
    8.5
    44.
    Calbert Cheaney
    8.3
    T-45.
    Ryan Bowen
    8.1
    T-45.
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    8.1
    47.
    Eddie Robinson
    7.9
    48.
    Chris Mills
    7.1
    T-49.
    Bruce Bowen
    6.6
    T-49.
    Glen Rice
    6.6
    T-49.
    Eric Williams
    6.6

    Duncan (25.5 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, .508 FG% and .799 FT%) ranked as the most efficient power forward in 2001-02.
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    P O W E R  F O R W A R D S
    RANK
    PLAYER
    E.A.
    1.
    Tim Duncan
    31.2
    2.
    Chris Webber
    27.9
    3.
    Elton Brand
    25.3
    4.
    Karl Malone
    23.4
    5.
    Antoine Walker
    21.2
    6.
    Rasheed Wallace
    20.6
    7.
    Antonio Davis
    17.8
    8.
    Kurt Thomas
    17.7
    9.
    Derrick Coleman
    17.4
    10.
    Antawn Jamison
    17.2
    11.
    Danny Fortson
    17.1
    12.
    Anthony Mason
    16.5
    13.
    P.J. Brown
    16.4
    14.
    Juwan Howard
    15.8
    15.
    Kenny Thomas
    15.7
    16.
    Kenyon Martin
    15.1
    17.
    Antonio McDyess
    14.6
    18.
    Keon Clark
    14.5
    T-19.
    Brian Grant
    13.9
    T-19.
    Clifford Robinson
    13.9
    21.
    Joe Smith
    13.8
    T-22.
    Stromile Swift
    13.6
    T-22.
    Clarence Weatherspoon
    13.6
    24.
    Tyrone Hill
    13.1
    25.
    Vin Baker
    12.9
    T-26.
    Horace Grant
    12.7
    T-26.
    Robert Horry
    12.7
    28.
    Samaki Walker
    12.3
    29.
    Darius Miles
    12.2
    30.
    Rodney Rogers
    12.1
    31.
    Popeye Jones
    11.8
    32.
    Christian Laettner
    11.4
    33.
    Marcus Fizer
    11.2
    34.
    Malik Rose
    10.8
    35.
    Eddie Griffin
    10.6
    36.
    Jeff Foster
    10.2
    37.
    Theo Ratliff
    10.0
    38.
    Aaron Williams
    9.4
    39.
    Tom Gugliotta
    9.3
    40.
    Othella Harrington
    9.0
    41.
    Bo Outlaw
    8.9
    42.
    Gary Trent
    8.7
    43.
    Chris Mihm
    8.6
    44.
    Donnell Harvey
    8.5
    45.
    Scott Padgett
    8.3
    T-46.
    Austin Croshere
    7.8
    T-46.
    LaPhonso Ellis
    7.8
    48.
    Corie Blount
    7.5
    49.
    Chris Crawford
    7.4
    50.
    Scott Williams
    7.2



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