Field goal percentage (FG%) is a basketball metric that puts a player’s successful shots in perspective to their total attempts.
Where statistics such as total points and wins show a player’s contribution to a game, a metric such as Field Goal Percentage shows how successful that player is with each attempt to make a field goal.
Like any metrics, FG% is not a “perfect” picture of a player’s ability, only one lens to view it through.
One common criticism of field goal percentage is it does not take into account the extra value (and added difficulty) of 3 point shots – one reason that some prefer to use effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%). Another challenge with looking only at field goal percentage as a player’s ability is that it does not take into account free throws.
Field goal percentage (FG%) calculates as:
FG% = Field Goals ÷ Field Goal Attempts
A player has made 514 field goal attempts, and in that time has made a total of 261 field goals (both 2 and 3 points)
FG% = 261 ÷ 514
FG% = 0.5078
Therefore, this player has an FG% of .5078, or 50.78%.
What counts as a Field Goal in Basketball?
In basketball, a field goal is a basket that counts for a point except for a free throw.
- Wikipedia – Field Goal Percentage (Basketball)
- Wikipedia – Field Goal (Basketball)
- ESPN – NBA Player Field Goal Shooting Statistics
- ESPN – NCAA Player Field Goal Shooting Statistics
- Sports Reference – Career Leaders and Records for Field Goal Percentage
- Sports Reference – Single Season Leaders and Career Records for Field Goal Percentage
- Deadspin – The Best Shooters in the NBA, and Why field goal Percentage Can’t Identify Them
- Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research – Basketball player field-goal percentage influence factors quantitative analysis and research
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