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30 teams. 30 unique stats. I scanned the season’s box scores on a mission to uncover a statistical nugget for each NBA franchise; a stat that went unnoticed, until now.
Atlanta – There were 37 games in which Josh Smith attempted at least one three pointer but did not make a single one.
Boston – Rajon Rondo averaged more assists (12.78) than points (11.78) in victories, and more points (15.35) than assists (10.42) in losses.
Charlotte – The Bobcats had 7 players average more points per game than the number of games their team won. Kevin Love was the only other player in the league to do that.
Chicago - Luol Deng shot 18.5% from three point land in losses but 42.1% in wins.
Dallas – Vince Carter averaged more points per minute in games he came off of the bench.
Denver – Kenneth Faried averaged less minutes but more rebounds on the road than at home.
Detroit – Vernon Macklin was the only Piston with a positive (+2) plus/minus ratio for the season.
Golden State - Monta Ellis played only 37 games for the Warriors before being traded, but he still ranked among the team leaders in total assists (2nd), free throws attempted/made (2nd), steals (3rd), and points (3rd).
Houston - Goran Dragic averaged 3.03 assists per game before being inserted into the starting lineup. His assists per game jumped to 8.43 when he was on the floor for the opening tip.
Indiana – Of the 5 teams that gave up the most points per game to Tyler Hansbrough, 3 made the playoffs (Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia)
Los Angeles Clippers – DeAndre Jordan recorded at least as many rebounds as points scored in 71.43% of games.
Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant increased his per game scoring output from regular season to postseason for the fifth time in six seasons and tenth time in his career.
Memphis – Marreese Speights ranked sixth in minutes played for the Grizzles this regular season but led the team in offensive rebounds (133).
Milwaukee – Ersan Ilyasova led the team in rebounds and three-point percentage. He also led all players who started at least 23 games, in FG%.
Minnesota – On one day or fewer of rest, Ricky Rubio averaged 11.1 assists per game.
New Jersey – Deron Williams led the team in total assists by 350 (roughly a 278% increase over second place) and total points by 299 (a 35% increase).
New Orleans – The Hornets had 8 players average at least 9.9 points per game and 9 players start at least 20 games.
Oklahoma City – Kevin Durant averaged more points on the second day of a back to back than in games in which he had at least a day of rest.
Orlando – Ryan Anderson led the Magic in offensive rebounds.
Philadelphia - Jodie Meeks increased his points per game by almost 43% and his shooting percentage by 53% in wins.
Phoenix – Steve Nash matched a career high with a 53.2 FG% but had his worst season from behind the arc in 13 seasons.
Portland – LaMarcus Aldridge missed 1 free throw or fewer for the season series against 18 different teams (33 total games).
Sacramento – DeMarcus Cousins averaged 22.3 ppg, 16 rpg, and shot 83.3% from the free throw line against the Warriors and 17.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg , 69.1% from the free throw line against the rest of the NBA.
San Antonio – Over the past 2 seasons, Tim Duncan has played 36+ minutes in 7 of 20 playoff games and 6 of 134 regular season games.
Toronto – DeMar DeRozan saw his points per game increase by 32.6% and his three-point percentage increase by 56.7% in games played at home. Imagine if he played for the Canadian Basketball League.
Utah – Gordon Hayward greatly impacted the success of the Jazz, as they were 8-2 when the pride of Butler scored at least 20 points and 12-2 when he made multiple three-pointers
Washington - John Wall averaged a made a three pointer once for every 795.3 minutes of time on the court.