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The Mavs' Jason Kidd may be running out of time to complete his triple-double checklist.
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Don't overlook these stats as free-agent frenzy wears on

By John Schuhmann,
Posted Jul 15 2009 12:42PM

It's been an eventful offseason so far as the NBA arms race has reached a fever pitch.

While it's great to keep on top of the latest news and rumors, it might be time to take a deeper look at all of the player movement that has gone down since the season ended.

Here are some fascinating numbers involving guys who have changed uniforms this summer.

Veteran scorers shifting squads

Much has been made of the free agent class of 2010, but nine of the top 25 active scoring leaders were (or still are) free agents this summer: Allen Iverson (2nd), Michael Finley (11th), Stephon Marbury (12th), Juwan Howard (15th), Jason Kidd (16th), Rasheed Wallace (17th), Grant Hill (18th), Shawn Marion (21st) and Mike Bibby (22nd).

Another three of the top 25 active scoring leaders have been traded: Shaquille O'Neal (1st), Vince Carter (9th) and Jerry Stackhouse (14th).

Superman vs. Superman II

Certainly one of the reasons that the Cavs acquired Shaq was to neutralize Dwight Howard, who destroyed Cleveland in the 2009 Eastern conference finals. But Supermen I and II have only played against each other seven times since Howard entered the league in 2004.

That time span includes 3 1/2 seasons where the two were in the same division (the Southeast), but the Big Diesel has had more DNPs (10) than games played (seven) against the Magic since 2004-05.

After losing the first three meetings, Howard has won the last four Superman showdowns. He's averaged a double-double (15.3 points and 10.4 rebounds) in the seven meetings.

Kobe and Ron

Given the on-court drama that took place this season between Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant, you would think the two had a long history. But since Artest entered the league in 1999, he's played against Bryant 27 times, which includes the seven-game series between the Lakers and Rockets in the Western conference semifinals in May.

Of those 27 games, the Lakers have won 19 and Bryant's stats have hardly suffered against Artest, who is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the league.

In the 27 games against Artest, Bryant has averaged 27.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. In Bryant's 1,096 career games (which include both regular and postseason), Bryant has averaged 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists, and shot 45.3 percent.

Half-Man, most of a season

If you were to ask Toronto fans, you might hear a lot about ex-Raptor Vince Carter's durability (or the lack thereof). But in the last five seasons, Carter has missed just 16 games.

By comparision, here's how many games the following players have missed in that span:

LeBron James -- 17
Bryant -- 23
Paul Pierce -- 41
Dwyane Wade -- 77
Manu Ginobili -- 78
Michael Redd -- 97
Tracy McGrady -- 113.

Chris Bosh, who became the Raptors' cornerstone once Carter left, has missed 46 games in the last five seasons. That's almost three times as many as Carter.

Kidd needs luck of the Irish

Jason Kidd has recorded regular season triple-doubles against 27 of the league's 30 teams, leaving Boston, New Jersey and Oklahoma City as his last targets.

It's worth noting, of course, that Kidd had three triple-doubles against the Celtics in the 2002 Playoffs and recorded a regular-season triple-double against Seattle before the team moved to Oklahoma.

By choosing Dallas over New York, the likelihood that he'll get a triple-double against the Celtics or Nets gets cut in half. As it is, Kidd recorded just three triple-doubles with the Mavs last season after picking up 25 in the previous two seasons combined.

Hawks' record book next for Crawford?

Jamal Crawford is one of only four players in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain, Bernard King and Moses Malone are the others) to have scored 50-plus points in a game with three different teams. Now that he's with the Hawks, Crawford could become the first to score 50 with four different teams. The last Hawk to score 50 points in a game was Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who did it on Nov. 23, 2001, in a home win over the Pistons.

'Sheed well-behaved in Boston

Rasheed Wallace has 291 career technical fouls and is easily the active career leader. In fact, if he picks up one more "T" before O'Neal does, he will have exactly twice as many as Shaq, who is second on the active list with 146.

But only four of Wallace's 291 technicals have come against the Celtics, and none of those have come in Boston.

Already comfortable in their new homes

Ben Gordon is a career 43.7 percent shooter, but has shot 52.1 percent (including 26-for-47 from 3-point range) in 13 career games at the Palace of Auburn Hills, his new home arena.

Shawn Marion has averaged 19.5 points and 11.8 rebounds, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field in 23 career games in Dallas.

Not-so comfy

Carter is originally from Northern Florida and has a home in Orlando, but has shot just 39.5 percent at Amway Arena in his career.

Richard Jefferson is a career 46.9 percent shooter, but has shot 38.4 percent against the Spurs and just 34.1 percent in San Antonio (averaging just 8.8 points) in his career. Until last season, his teams had lost 10 straight games to the Spurs, but he went 2-0 against San Antonio with the Bucks.

Hedo Turkoglu has shot just 33.1 percent in 15 career games in Toronto.

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