Field goal percentage
is the ratio
of field goals 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. Guards
usually have lower FG% than forwards
. 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.
Three-point field goal percentage is usually kept as additional statistics. Its abbreviation is 3FG%. A 3FG% of .400 and above is a very good percentage.