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Notable Numbers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


With no regular seasons games being played and no accompanying data to dissect, this week’s “Notable Numbers” column will be dedicated to providing one interesting stat/fact from the first half of the season for each team in the league.


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Atlanta Hawks:
Per NBA.com, Kent Bazemore is one of only three players to accumulate at least 90 steals and at least 40 blocked shots this season. Victor Oladipo and Ben Simmons are the other two.


Brooklyn Nets:
Allen Crabbe was frustratingly inconsistent over his first few months in Brooklyn. However, he closed out the first half of the season on fire. Over the Nets final four games before the All-Star break, Crabbe averaged 25.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 5.3 treys, while shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from behind the arc.


Boston Celtics:
Al Horford leads the Celtics in rebounds, assists, blocks and 3-point percentage. He ranks second on the team in field goal percentage, PER, box plus-minus and VORP.

 

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Chicago Bulls:
Lauri Markkanen became the fastest rookie in NBA history to reach 100 3-pointers made, recording 101 made treys through his first 41 career games. Markkanen ranks fourth among all rookies in scoring, and leads all first-year pros in rebounding and free-throw percentage.


Charlotte Hornets:
Dwight Howard is one of just six players in NBA history to average a point-rebound double-double in each of his first 13 seasons. The other five are Wilt Chamberlain, Tim Duncan, Moses Malone, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Russell. Howard is well on his way to making it 14 straight, as he’s currently averaging 15.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.


Cleveland Cavaliers:
LeBron James has scored at least 25 points in the All-Star Game eight times in his career. No other player in league history has scored 25-plus points more than five times in the NBA's mid-season classic.

 

Dallas Mavericks:
Last season, Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth member of the NBA's exclusive 30,000-point club. Last week, Dirk became just the second player in NBA history to score 14,000 points in one building (Dallas’ American Airlines Center). Per Elias, only Kobe Bryant, who scored 16,161 points at Staples Center, had a higher total at one venue… The 39-year old Nowitzki has been surprisingly productive for the Mavs this season. He’s started 57 of the team’s 58 games and is shooting a career-best 42.9 percent from 3-point range.


Denver Nuggets:
Nikola Jokic exploded for 30 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists across 34 minutes in Denver’s victory over the Bucks last Wednesday. He is the sixth player in NBA history to tally at least 30 points, 15 boards and 15 dimes in the same game. Oscar Robertson (11 times), Wilt Chamberlain (twice), Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and James Harden are the other five. Harden is the only player to also knock down three 3-pointers in the process… Through the seven games Denver has played this month, Jokic is averaging 21.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 9.6 assists, 1.9 3-pointers, and 1.3 steals. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are the only players averaging more assists in the month of February.


Detroit Pistons:
Blake Griffin is one of just four players in NBA history to average at least 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game over the entirety of their career (minimum 500 games played). Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird are the other three.


Golden State Warriors:
Coming into this season, only two players had averaged at least 2.5 made 3-pointers per game and shot at least over 49.0 percent from the floor in the same season (Stephen Curry for Golden State in 2015-16 and Kevin Durant for OKC in 2015-16). This season, each the Warriors three top three scorers (Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson) are all averaging over 2.5 made treys and shooting at least 49.0 percent from the field.

 

Houston Rockets:
James Harden has appeared in 50 games this season and has scored a total of 1,565 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 25 years, only two players have scored more points through their first 50 games of a season than Harden has this season: Kobe Bryant (1,751 in 2005-06) and Allen Iverson (1,651 in 2005-06).


Indiana Pacers:
In addition to all his offensive exploits, Victor Oladipo has recorded at least one steal in 40 consecutive games, breaking Ron Artest’s franchise record (40 in 2002-03) for the most consecutive games with at least one steal.


L.A. Clippers:
Lou Williams ranks fourth in total points scored since January 1st. Lou Will has tallied 547 points. Only Damian Lillard, Paul George and Anthony Davis have scored more. Williams is also tied for 10th in assists this calendar year.

 

Los Angeles Lakers:
Over the Lakers last ten games before the break, Brandon Ingram averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.1 triples, while shooting a stellar 50.4 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from downtown. It will be interesting to see if Ingram can maintain this production once Lonzo Ball returns to the Los Angeles lineup this week.

 

Memphis Grizzlies:
Tyreke Evans has started 28 games for Memphis this season and has averaged 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.9 minutes in those 28 contests. He has a chance to become the first player in Grizzlies franchise history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists over a full season.

 

Miami Heat:
Per the Palm Beach Post: "Josh Richardson is one of just five players in the NBA who has recorded 70 or more steals and 50 or more blocks this season. The other four players are All-Stars — LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond. Richardson is also limiting players he’s defending to 39.5 percent shooting this season (5.4 percent under their normal shooting percentage). Oh, and he’s averaging career highs in points (13.2), rebounds (3.3), assists (2.9), steals (1.3) and blocks (0.9).”


Milwaukee Bucks:
Eric Bledsoe (17.3), Khris Middleton (20.0) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.8) are currently averaging a combined 65.1 points per game. They are the highest scoring trio in the Eastern Conference.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves:
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 51 double-doubles before the All-Star break, which ties an NBA record held by Kevin Love. KAT has now played a total of 225 games over his two-plus seasons in the league, and has notched 165 double-doubles. Per NBA.com, in the last 35 years, only Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan have collected more double-doubles at the same juncture of their careers.


New Orleans Pelicans:
Coming into the 2017-18 season, only three players (Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in NBA history had ever averaged at least 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists per game over the course of a full season. DeMarcus Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists at the time he tore his Achilles.


New York Knicks:
Kristaps Porzingis is the only player in NBA history to average at least 2.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers over the first three years of his career. Get well soon, KP… Tim Hardaway Jr. is on pace to become just the third player in league history to average over seven 3-point attempts per game, yet shoot below 32.0 percent from 3-point territory in the same season.


Oklahoma City Thunder:
Russell Westbrook notched his 15th career triple-double with at least 20 points and 15 assists in OKC’s final game before the All-Star break. According to Elias, that equals the total number of such performances for all other active players combined: four by LeBron James, three each by James Harden and Chris Paul, and one for Eric Bledsoe, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo and Ricky Rubio.


Orlando Magic:
As of three weeks ago, Mario Hezonja had played 187 career games and had scored more 19 points just twice. However, he’s topped the 20-point plateau in four of Orlando’s seven games this month. Over the Magic’s final three games before the break, Mario averaged 22.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor.

 

Philadelphia 76ers:
Joel Embiid has played exactly 75 games in his NBA career. Per Basketball-Reference, he’s the first player in NBA history to block at least 150 shots and knock down at least 75 3-pointers in his first 75 career contests.


Phoenix Suns:
Over his first 38 games of the season, Josh Jackson averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.6 treys, while shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and 23.9 percent from behind the arc. In the 19 games he’s played since the calendar flipped to 2018, Jackson is averaging 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 triples, while shooting 44.2 percent from the field.


Portland Trail Blazers:
Over the Blazers final three games before the break, Damian Lillard averaged 44.3 points, 5.0 dimes and 4.7 treys. He’s the only player in the league this season to score more than 38 points in three straight contests.


Sacramento Kings:
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox represented the Kings in the 2018 Rising Stars challenge during All-Star weekend. Sacramento and the Sixers were the only teams with three players in the contest.


San Antonio Spurs:
Pau Gasol is one of only four players in NBA history to tally at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career


Toronto Raptors:
Fred VanVleet scored in double-figures off the bench in each of the Raptors final nine games before the All-Star break. He averaged 12.8 points (on 50.6 percent shooting), 3.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.1 treys (shooting 50.0 percent from downtown) and 1.1 steals over that nine-game stretch.


Utah Jazz:
Donovan Mitchell has scored at least 20 points in 27 games, which is the most such games for any rookie this season. Mitchell is also the first rookie to score 40-plus points in multiple games prior to the All-Star break since Michael Jordan in 1983-84.


Washington Wizards:
Tomas Satoransky has started nine straight games for the Wizards since John Wall (knee) underwent surgery. Satoransky is averaging 11.4 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 treys and 1.4 steals over those nine starts.




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