How do you determine the best scorer in basketball?

Who was a better scorer in the 2011-12 NBA season: Miami Heat forward LeBron James or New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler? To answer this, most people would count only the points each player *made*, but in this lesson students will also take into account the points that they *missed*.

Students compare the two players in various ways, from total points, to points per game/minute, to a new measure called *net points*. Think LeBron is the best scorer on the floor? Think again.

- Calculate how many points James and Chandler scored and missed during the season
- Calculate each player’s point-per-game and point-per-minute averages, and discuss who was a better scorer
- Calculate each player’s net points (points scored – points missed) totals, as well as per-game and per-minute averages for net points
- Assess the usefulness of net points as a statistic