Field goal percentage
is the ratio
of field goal made
to field goals attempted
. Its abbreviation is FG%
. Three-point field goals are included in this percentage. Instead of using scales of 0 to 100%, the scale .000 to 1.000 is commonly used. A higher field goal percentage denotes higher efficiency. In basketball, a FG% of .500 (50%) or above is considered a good percentage, although this criterion does not apply equally to all positions. Guard
usually have lower FG% than forward
. Field goal percentage does not completely tell the skill of a player, but a low field goal percentage can indicate a poor offensive player or a player who takes many difficult shots. In the NBA
, Center Shaquille O'Neal
has a high career FG% (around .580) because he plays near the basket making many high percentage layups
and slam dunks
. Guard Allen Iverson
often has a low FG% (around .420) because he takes the bulk of his team's shot attempts, even with high difficulty shots.
The NBA career record for field goal percentage is held by Artis Gilmore
at 0.599. The highest field goal percentage for a single season was set by Wilt Chamberlain
with 0.727 in the 1972-73 season.
Field goal percentages were substantially lower in the NBA until the mid to late 1960s
. For this reason, many early NBA stars have low field goal percentages, such as Bob Cousy
, and George Mikan
, Bob Pettit
, and Bill......