Weekly Stat Pack
We are back with another group of of statistics that found a way to fly under the radar for the week that was in the NBA. No player is exempt from this collection of far-reaching oddities, pointing out trends that you likely missed in the excitement of watching the games. On days with a full schedule, the top five stats are highlighted, and on days with fewer than five games, I’ll give you a stat from each game. One thing to remember: these stats are current on the day listed. That is, a trend can break as the week progresses, but for that moment in time, the numbers held true.
Without further adieu, the always interesting and never replicated Weekly Stat Pack.
The Nets made 12 of their 14 field goal attempts from outside of the paint in the first quarter as Brooklyn used a 40 point explosion (3.33 points per minute) to lead by nine. The next 36 minutes saw the Nets make just six of their 31 attempts from outside the painted area (1.61 points per minute).
What’s in a name? Days after J. Taylor recorded 109 points at Grinnell (his second career 100-point effort), J. Taylor for the Bobcats scored a career high 20 points. Jeff Taylor (of the NBA) is in his second year out of Vanderbilt and has proven to be Mr. November as 13 of his 24 career double digit point totals have come in the first month, including five straight in the last seven days. The 20 point effort gave him 116 points for the month.
For the first time in his career (525 games), Kevin Durant missed three free throws and six three pointers in a winning effort.
News of a sweet stroking 7-footer in a Mavericks game probably doesn’t surprise you. The big man made a three pointer for the 12th consecutive game this season. The player, of course, is Spencer Hawes. For the record, Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t had regular season streak that long in nearly ten years.
The Clippers and Grizzlies combined for 208 points, yet only three players had more than two assists.
Avery Bradley scored 11 points and missed 17 shots from the field in 27 minutes as his Celtics were never close in a 109-85 loss to the Rockets. Houston’s starting unit combined for 76 points and missed only 13 shots in 139 minutes of action.
The Heat recorded at least 100 points for the 13th consecutive November home game (12 of which have been wins).
John Wall tied a career best with 16 dimes in a winning effort against the Timberwolves. Since we flipped the calendar to 2012, Washington holds a 7-2 record when Wall’s assist total is greater than his point total and 45-98 when it is not.
Andre Drummond is as promising a talent as there is in the low post these days, but his inability to knock down free throws makes him much easier to limit than he should be. His best effort from the stripe came against the Kings last week when he connected on one of his three attempts. On the bright side, he’s missed fewer freebies than Kevin Durant, the league’s premier free throw shooter. You can chose to ignore the fact that he has attempted 111 fewer if you’d like.
I’m not saying the Kings are slow and have next to no interest in playing defense but … the Phoenix Suns didn’t dress their starting point guard (Eric Bledsoe), yet they outscored Sacramento by 25-4 in transition.
Carmelo Anthony missed 72 shots from the field from last Wednesday through tonight’s overtime loss to the Pacers. For reference, LeBron James had missed 69 shots for the season entering tonight’s action.
The starting shooting guards in the Jazz/Pelicans game point total (15) was greater than their shooting percentage (13.3%). Eric Gordon made three of 13 shots and Gordon Hayward made just one of his 17 attempts.
In denial that we are in an era of small ball? Dwight Howard, Spencer Hawes, and Andray Blatche combined to make 33 of their 43 field goal attempts for 86 points, but didn’t record a single win.
The Grizzlies beat a team in the Warriors that ranks second in aFG% (54.7%) without having a single player shoot over 50% from the field. Yea, having Steph Curry available is kind of important.
The Knicks, Nets, Bucks, and Jazz have played 45 games, yet Chris Paul has more double doubles in his 12 games this season than that quartet has wins.
Blake Griffin attempted 42.9% more shots from at least 15 feet from the basket than Kevin Durant did.
The Bulls may have lost the battle to the Nuggets, but they made a big stride toward winning the war of the 2013-2014 season. Derrick Rose looked comfortable and played aggressive as he attempted 20 shots on his way to 19 points. The Bulls won the first two games this season in which their star attempted at least 20 shots and 17 of the last 20.
Lance Stephenson is a 31.6% career three point shooter, yet tonight was the first time in his last 35 games in which he failed to hoist up a triple.
For the fourth time in 11 days, Andre Drummond missed at least as many free throws as field goals. That wouldn’t be a problem if he was taking a ton of free throws, but the young big man has attempted 20 free throws and 66 field goals.
Mike Conley made ten two-point field goals against the Spurs tonight on his way to a game high 28 points. That matches the same number of two point baskets Matt Bonner has scored in November games since 2010.
Over his last three games, Paul Pierce struggles have been magnified due to the absence of half the Nets starting lineup. He has scored 15 points from the field and 14 points from the free throw line despite attempting twice as many field goals.
The Pelicans are 3-0 and averaging a shade under 115 points since the return of Ryan Anderson (shooting 62% from distance and 50% when inside the arc). They were 3-6 and averaging 87 points without him.
For the sixth time in November, DeMarcus Cousins PR (points + rebounds) surpassed 30 as he scored 23 points and pulled down 19 rebounds against the Clippers. Interestingly enough, those six contests have come against only three different teams.
James Anderson launched ten three pointers as his 76ers fell to the Pacers, giving him 29 attempts from distance over the last five days (attempted 25 field goals all of last season).
Dwight Howard and Kevin Love are two of the premier big men in the league, but this Rockets/Timberwolves game was determined by the perimeter players. Minnesota’s two starting guards and their top reserve (Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, and J.J. Barea) combined for 29 points on 11/39 shooting and ten assists. Houston’s backcourt was missing James Harden, yet their trio (Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, and Aaron Brooks) notched 62 points on 21 of 37 shooting and 13 assists.
The Bucks bench accounted for 67.1% of the team’s total shots and was responsible for all three players who scored more than seven points. In contrast, the Bobcats starters attempted 62.3% of their shots and were responsible for four of their five double digit scorers.
The Spurs and Cavaliers combined to have 20 players take between four and ten field goals. 20 players! For reference, the Magic/Heat game only had 19 players get into the game.
I realize the loss of Derrick Rose is a big blow for the Bulls, but playing a little bit of defense would help minimize that impact. They allowed the Clippers starters to shoot over 69% from the field and score73 points.
Josh Smith’s team won for the sixth consecutive regular season game when he makes more free throws than three pointers he attempts.
Damian Lillard leads the league in the point attempts, yet Channing Frye (who is making less than one three pointer per game for his career) has attempted more triples over the last three road games (22 to 21).
Gordon Hayward made only two of his nine field goal attempts (22.2%), but that barely lowered his shooting percentage during Utah’s six game losing streak (27.6%). He also recorded at least five turnovers for the fifth time in his last eight games.
For the sixth time in nine home games, Steve Blake recorded more assists than points. He has yet to do so in the Lakers five road games this season and has gone 16 straight road games dating back to last year without such a performance.