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Wednesday, April 25, 2018


 

With the 2017-18 regular season in the rearview mirror, let's take a look back at the year that was by listing a couple of statistics/factoids for each NBA team. This week we focus on the Eastern Conference. Next week, we’ll head out West.


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Atlanta Hawks:
Dennis Schroder has increased his scoring each season since his rookie year. This past season, he averaged 19.4 points per game, to go along with 6.2 assists. He is just the fourth player in Hawks franchise history to average at least 19 points and six dimes for a full season, joining Lenny Wilkens (1967-68), Pete Maravich (1971-72 and 1972-73) and Joe Johnson (2005-06)… Over the final month of the season (16 games) Taurean Prince averaged 20.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.1 treys and 1.1 steals.


Boston Celtics:
Al Horford led the Celtics in total rebounds, assists and blocks… Jaylen Brown is the first Celtic under 22 years of age to average at least 14 points and five rebounds in a season since Paul Pierce (1998-99)... Jayson Tatum is just the fourth rookie in NBA history to make at least 100 3-pointers and shoot over 43 percent from behind-the-arc.


Brooklyn Nets:
Over his last seven games, Joe Harris averaged 16.9 points, 3.6 boards, 2.7 assists and 3.0 triples, while shooting 62.7 percent from the floor, 56.8 percent from 3-point territory and 86.7 percent from the stripe. In the 2018 calendar year (January 1st thru the end of the season), Harris shot a league-leading 46.7 percent from 3-point range… Jarrett Allen started each of the last 31 games he appeared in and averaged 10.5 points (shooting 62.1 percent from the floor and 80.5 percent from the line), 6.4 boards and 1.7 blocks in 23.8 minutes. Per NBA.com, he’s the first player in Nets history to shoot better than 55 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe over the course of a full season.

 

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Charlotte Hornets:
Dwight Howard became just the second player in NBA history to average a double-double in each of his first 14 NBA seasons. The only other player to accomplish that feat is Wilt Chamberlain… After tallying 21 points against the Cavaliers on March 28th, Kemba Walker passed Dell Curry to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 9,841 career points. At 6’1”, Walker joins Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons) as the shortest players to be a team’s all-time scoring leader… After a mostly miserable first five months of the season, Malik Monk averaged 19.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.7 triples over Charlotte's final six games.

 

Chicago Bulls:
Lauri Markkanen set a Bulls rookie-record with 145 made 3-pointers. He also became just the 11th player in NBA history to average at least 15 points, seven rebounds and two made 3-pointers per game. He’s the first rookie ever to accomplish that feat… Kris Dunn was the only player in the league (and the first Bull since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen) to average at least 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals per game in 2017-18.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers:
In addition to his 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting, LeBron James also averaged career-high in assists (9.1) and rebounds (8.6). He is the first player in the league history to average at least 25 points, eight boards and eight dimes while also shooting over 54 percent from the floor… Prior to logging just 10 minutes in the season finale, LeBron led the Cavs in points and assists in 25 straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak by any player in NBA history, surpassing Nate Archibald’s 24-game streak spanning the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons.


Detroit Pistons:
Blake Griffin was one of four players to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game in 2017-18. The other three were Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and DeMarcus CousinsAndre Drummond became the first player to record 1,000-plus points, 1,000-plus rebounds, 200-plus assists, 100-plus steals and 100-plus blocks in a season since Kevin Garnett in 2004-05. Drummond is also just the third player since 1975 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dennis Rodman) to average at least 16 rebounds and three assists per contest for a full season.


Indiana Pacers:
Darren Collison led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage in 2017-18, shooting a career-best 46.8 percent from downtown. He became the first Pacers player ever to lead the NBA in 3-point percentage… Victor Oladipo finished the regular season collecting at least one steal in 64 consecutive games. That’s a Pacers franchise-record and is tied for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history.


Miami Heat:
Josh Richardson stuffed the stat sheet uniquely during the 2017-18 campaign. Per Basketball-Reference, he is just the fourth player in NBA history with at least 220 assists, 120 made 3-pointers, 120 steals and 75 blocks in one season. The other three are Paul Pierce (2001-02), Latrell Sprewell (1993-94) and LeBron James (twice)... Wayne Ellington knocked down 218 3-point field goals this season off the bench, the most by a reserve in NBA history.


Milwaukee Bucks:
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in 2016-17. However, he “only” led the team in points, boards and dimes this season. Eric Bledsoe had more steals, and John Henson blocked three more shots than Giannis… The Bucks trio of Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged a combined 64.7 points per game, which made them the highest-scoring trio in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-highest overall.


New York Knicks:
Frank Ntilikina is the first rookie in Knicks franchise history to finish a season with at least 250 assists, 50 steals and 50 made 3-pointers… Trey Burke averaged 21.1 points, 7.8 assists, 1.7 treys, 1.1 steals and 2.0 turnovers per-36 minutes over his 36 appearances for the Knicks. Per Basketball-Reference, he became just the third player ever to log over 500 minutes and finish a season averaging more than 20.0 points, 7.0 assists and fewer than 2.5 turnovers per-36 minutes. Gary Payton and Chris Paul are the other two.


Philadelphia 76ers:
Ben Simmons is currently on pace to become join Magic Johnson as just the second rookie in NBA history to average at least 18 points, ten rebounds and nine rebounds per game in the postseason. Simmons ranks in the top-3 among 2018 postseason players in rebounds, assists and steals. During the regular season, Big Ben joined Oscar Robertson as the only two rookies ever to average at least 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. He was one of only three NBA players to average 15/8/8. LeBron James and Russell Westbrook were the other two… Robert Covington has made at least one 3-pointer in 23 consecutive games, dating back to March 11th of the regular season. That’s the longest in the league during that span.


Orlando Magic:
Over the final ten games of the regular season, Mario Hezonja averaged 13.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.0 triples, and 1.8 steals in 31.3 minutes per contest. Because the Magic did not pick up his option for the 2018-19 season, Super Mario will be an unrestricted free agent this summer… During his two seasons in San Antonio, Jonathon Simmons appeared in 133 regular season games, scored in double figures 27 times and had 20-plus points just once. This season in Orlando (69 games), Simmons scored in double figures 49 times, cracking the 20-points plateau 13 times.

 

Toronto Raptors:
Kyle Lowry saw his playing time reduced dramatically during the regular season. After averaging 37.4 minutes per game in 2016-17, Lowry logged just 32.2 minutes in 2017-18. This was partly because the Raptors have terrific depth in their backcourt with Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet; but also because they wanted to keep Lowry fresh for the playoffs. However, Lowry’s counting stats dipped as a result. He averaged fewer than 17 points for the first time since 2012-13 and less than 1.4 steals for the first time since 2009-2010. Nonetheless, Lowry still ranked ninth in the NBA in assists (6.9 per game) and third in 3-point field goals (238).


Washington Wizards:
Bradley Beal started all 82 games for the first time in his career. (Per NBA.com, Beal and Marcin Gortat became the first set of Washington teammates to each start in all 82 games since Greg Ballard and Rick Mahorn in the 1983-84 season). Beal notched career highs in minutes (2,977, fourth-most in the league), field goals (683), free throws (292), rebounds (363), assists (373), steals (97), blocks (36) and points (1,857, seventh-most in the league)... Somehow, Otto Porter continues to become more and more efficient. Porter nearly improved his field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, scoring and rebounding averages for a fifth consecutive season, as he had career highs in points per game (14.7), three-point percentage (.441) and tied his rebounding average (6.4).




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