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The Worst Dunkers in the NBA

Graphiq Logo By Nick Selbe of Graphiq | Slide 1 of 31: <p>In theory, the easiest shot on a basketball court (for those who are tall and athletic enough) is the dunk. There is literally no distance from which to shoot that is closer than a dunk. Last season, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in field goal percentage (70.3 percent) by making 357 of 508 shot attempts. Of those 357 makes, 227 of them were dunks, and Jordan converted those dunks at a 91.9 percent success rate. In addition to being extremely efficient, dunks are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqA42Z2IKh0">incredibly entertaining</a>, as evidenced by the annual dunk contest during All-Star Weekend. That event — which last year saw Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon duke it out in a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYxVcfaGih8">classic showdown</a> — celebrates the best, most creative dunkers the league has to offer.</p><p>But what about the players who haven't quite mastered the art of the throwdown? <a href="http://www.pointafter.com/">PointAfter</a>, a sports data site powered by <a href="https://www.graphiq.com/">Graphiq</a>, used data from <a href="http://www.basketball-reference.com/">Basketball-Reference.com</a> to find the worst dunkers in the league this season. The team sorted players by the lowest percentage of converted dunk attempts among those who have attempted at least 20 dunks (and missed at least five) during the season.</p><p>Some of the most entertaining — though at times unreliable — dunkers in the NBA are included in the bottom 30. Of that group, 25 of them have converted less than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, with five players who have missed at least 10 dunks this year. The bottom 30 also includes three 2017 All-Stars and one former dunk contest champion.</p><p>Note: All stats are as of Feb. 13. Ties were broken based on number of dunks missed. If ties still existed, the player with the higher field goal percentage was ranked ahead.</p>

The Worst Dunkers in the NBA

In theory, the easiest shot on a basketball court (for those who are tall and athletic enough) is the dunk. There is literally no distance from which to shoot that is closer than a dunk. Last season, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in field goal percentage (70.3 percent) by making 357 of 508 shot attempts. Of those 357 makes, 227 of them were dunks, and Jordan converted those dunks at a 91.9 percent success rate. In addition to being extremely efficient, dunks are incredibly entertaining, as evidenced by the annual dunk contest during All-Star Weekend. That event — which last year saw Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon duke it out in a classic showdown — celebrates the best, most creative dunkers the league has to offer.

But what about the players who haven't quite mastered the art of the throwdown? PointAfter, a sports data site powered by Graphiq, used data from Basketball-Reference.com to find the worst dunkers in the league this season. The team sorted players by the lowest percentage of converted dunk attempts among those who have attempted at least 20 dunks (and missed at least five) during the season.

Some of the most entertaining — though at times unreliable — dunkers in the NBA are included in the bottom 30. Of that group, 25 of them have converted less than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, with five players who have missed at least 10 dunks this year. The bottom 30 also includes three 2017 All-Stars and one former dunk contest champion.

Note: All stats are as of Feb. 13. Ties were broken based on number of dunks missed. If ties still existed, the player with the higher field goal percentage was ranked ahead.

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