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A Notable Number for Each Team

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NBA training camps begin next week, which means the start of the 2017-18 NBA season is right around the corner. Yet, before we dive into previews and predictions for next year, let’s take one last look back at the 2016-17 campaign.


Throughout last season, I penned a weekly “Notable Numbers” column for Rotoworld Season Pass subscribers, in which I attempted to present a plethora of interesting stats and fantasy-relevant facts to readers each Monday. Listed below is one statistic/factoid for each NBA team…


Atlanta Hawks:
Dennis Schroder has increased his scoring, assist and rebound averages each year he’s been in the league. Last season, in addition to playing far more minutes than he had in any prior season, he was also far more efficient, posting career-highs in field goal percentage (45.1) and free throw percentage (85.5).


Boston Celtics:
Gordon Hayward is one of three players in NBA history to increase his season average by at least two points per game in four consecutive seasons. Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton are the other two.


Brooklyn Nets:
New Net Allen Crabbe finished second in the NBA with 44.4% shooting from 3-point territory for Portland last season. It was the best mark in Trail Blazers history for a player with more than 100 3-point makes.


Charlotte Hornets:
Dwight Howard leads all active players in career double-doubles, with 666. He averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game during his sole season in Atlanta. In the process, he became just the sixth player in NBA history to average a point/rebound double-double in each of his first 13 seasons. The other six are Wilt Chamberlain, Tim Duncan, Moses Malone, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Russell.


Chicago Bulls:
Lauri Markkanen shot 42.3 percent from 3-point territory (which ranked in the top-15 among all Pac-12 players) and 83.5 percent from the free-throw line (which led the Pac-12) during his freshman season at Arizona.


Cleveland Cavaliers:
How dominant has LeBron been in the NBA Finals over the last decade? He’s the leader in each of the following statistical categories in the Finals dating back to 2007. (Note the distance between him and the player is second place)


1. LeBron James: 1,247 points
2. Kobe Bryant: 516 points
2. Dwyane Wade: 485 points


1. LeBron James: 456 rebounds
2. Pau Gasol: 188 rebounds
3. Tim Duncan: 181 rebounds


1. LeBron James: 339 assists
2. Stephen Curry: 111 assists
3. Dwyane Wade: 102 assists


1. LeBron James: 81 steals
2. Kobe Bryant: 38 steals
3. Dwyane Wade: 37 steals


1. LeBron James: 80 3-pointers
2. Steph Curry: 76 3-pointers
3. Ray Allen: 55 3-pointers


1. LeBron James: 39 blocks
2. Pau Gasol: 30 blocks
3. Dwyane Wade: 24 blocks


Dallas Mavericks:
Among all active players, Dirk Nowitzki ranks first in points, first in wins, second in rebounds, seventh in blocks and eighth in 3-pointers.


Denver Nuggets:
Nikola Jokic tallied at least 20 points, ten rebounds and five assists in a game nine times last season. That’s the most 20/10/5 games by a second-year player since LeBron James in 2004-05. Jokic also recorded six triple-doubles last season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most in a season for a player born outside of the United States.


Detroit Pistons:
Andre Drummond led the league in total rebounds and offensive boards in 2016-17. He has recorded more double-doubles (229) than any other NBA player since he entered the league in 2012-13. He also has the most 20-point/20-rebound games (13).


Golden State Warriors:
Kevin Durant has the fourth-highest all-time NBA Playoffs scoring average (28.8 points per game), trailing only Michael Jordan (33.4 ppg), Allen Iverson (29.7), and Jerry West (29.1).


Houston Rockets:
In 2016-17, James Harden became the first player to both score 2,000 points and assist on 2,000 points. He is also the first player in NBA history with at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a single season.


Indiana Pacers:
Last season, Myles Turner became the youngest player ever to average at least two blocks while shooting over 80.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. He also joined Andrei Kirilenko as just the second player in NBA history to tally at least 170 blocks, 70 steals and 40 3-pointers in the same season.


Los Angeles Clippers:
DeAndre Jordan has shot over 70.0 percent from the field in each of the last three seasons. The only other player in NBA history to eclipse the 70-percent mark in even ONE season is Wilt Chamberlain.


Los Angeles Lakers:
In the 300-plus Las Vegas Summer League games played from 2008 through 2016, no player recorded a triple-double. Lonzo Ball posted a trip-dub in two of his first four games in Vegas this summer. Lonzo would become the first Laker to be named NBA Summer League MVP, after averaging 16.3 points and a league-leading 9.3 assists to go along with 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals.


Memphis Grizzlies:
Per, Mike Conley is one of only eight players who currently lead an NBA franchise in points, assists and steals. The other seven are Kevin Garnett (Minnesota), LeBron James (Cleveland), Michael Jordan (Chicago), Reggie Miller (Indiana), Gary Payton (Seattle/Oklahoma City), Isiah Thomas (Detroit) and Dwyane Wade (Miami). Of this list, only Conley, Lebron and Reggie Miller lead an NBA franchise in points, assists, steals and three‐pointers made.


Miami Heat:
After starting the season 11-30, the HEAT compiled a 30-11 record over the final 41 games of the 2016-17 campaign. The Golden State Warriors were the only team to post a better record over the second half of the season. Miami became the first team in NBA history to have been at least 19 games under .500 and reach the .500 mark at any point during the same season.


Milwaukee Bucks:
Per, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the 2016-17 regular season ranked in the NBA’s top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, which no player in NBA history had ever done. Unsurprisingly, the Greek Freak led his team in points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), blocks (1.9) and steals (1.6). The only other players since 1946-47 to lead their teams in all of these categories for a full season are Kevin Garnett (2002-03), Dave Cowens (1977-78), LeBron James (2008-09) and Scottie Pippen (1994-95).


Minnesota Timberwolves:
Over the final 45 games of the 2016-17 season, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 28.2 points (on 59.4 percent shooting) and 12.8 rebounds. Oh, and Towns shot a scorching 44.4 percent (55-for-124) from 3-point territory over the second half of the season. To put that in context, Stephen Curry shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range last season.


New Orleans Pelicans:
Anthony Davis scored at least 30 points and pulled down at least 15 rebounds in 14 contests last season. That was more than twice as many such games as any other player. (His teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, has six such games.) What’s more, Davis had the most 30/15 games in one season since Shaquille O'Neal (16) in 1994-95.


New York Knicks:
Kristaps Porzingis has appeared in 138 games over his first two NBA seasons. He has knocked down a total of 193 three-pointers. To put that in perspective, that’s more three-pointers than Reggie Miller, James Harden, C.J. McCollum, and Peja Stojakovic made over the first 138 games of their careers. KP has also blocked 263 shots. That’s more blocks than Rudy Gobert, Dwight Howard, Yao Ming and Serge Ibaka had in the first 138 games of their careers.


Oklahoma City Thunder:
Michael Jordan recorded a total of 28 triple-doubles in 1,072 career games. Kobe Bryant had 21 in 1,346 games. Westbrook had 42 trip-dubs in 81 games last season… There were five 30-point triple-doubles recorded by all NBA players COMBINED during the 2015-16 season. Russell Westbrook had 23 30-point triple-doubles himself in 2016-17.


Philadelphia 76ers:
Joel Embiid only appeared in 31 games last season but was dominant when available. Despite playing just 25.4 minutes a night, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 three-pointers and 2.5 blocks. In the process, he became just the second player in NBA history to average more than 20 points while playing fewer than 26 minutes. The other player in this exclusive club is Michael Jordan, who averaged 22.7 ppg in 25.1 mpg during his injury-shortened sophomore season in 1985-86.


Phoenix Suns:
Last year, according to Basketball-Reference, Alan Williams became just the fourth player this century to average at least 17 points and 14 rebs per-36 minutes over a full season. In the 24 games played after the All-Star break, Williams averaged 11.4 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per contest.


Orlando Magic:
Elfrid Payton, who was the only Orlando player to appear in all 82 games last season (one of 17 in the NBA), recorded five triple-doubles, which was tied for fifth-most in the NBA. His eight career triple-doubles are the most in franchise history.


Portland Trail Blazers:
Per, C.J. McCollum had more games of 30+ points in 2016-17 (14) than the rest of his career combined (8, all in 15-16).


Sacramento Kings:
Over the second half of last season, Buddy Hield led the Kings in scoring with 15.1 points per game, while shooting .480 percent from the field and .428 percent from three-point territory.


San Antonio Spurs:
Manu Ginobili is one of only nine players (Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Clyde Drexler) with at least 2,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 700 assists and 250 steals in the postseason.


Toronto Raptors:
Per Basketball-Reference, last season DeMar DeRozan became just the second guard in the last 15 years to score more than 2,000 points, yet make fewer than 35 three-pointers.


Utah Jazz:
Only three players in NBA history have averaged more than eight assists and two steals per game over the course of their entire career: John Stockton, Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio.


Washington Wizards:
Last season, John Wall became the first player in league history to average at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He averaged career highs in scoring (23.1), field goal percentage (.451), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0). Per, Wall has led the Eastern Conference in assists for fourth straight seasons, one of three players to do so (Isiah Thomas from 1980-86; Rajon Rondo from 2008-12).

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