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A deeper look at the stats proves the star quality that Kobe Bryant (left) and Tony Parker possess.
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Going below the surface for Western All-Stars stats

Posted Feb 24 2012 12:42PM

ORLANDO -- NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and it's time to take a break from the condensed schedule to celebrate the best basketball players in the world. Before we get to Sunday's game (6 p.m. ET, TNT), we'll dig deep into each All-Star's first-half statistics.

You already know the basics (scoring, rebounding, etc). So here are some noteworthy, below-the-surface numbers regarding each of the 13 Western Conference All-Stars, courtesy of ...

In case you missed it, here's our look at each of the 13 Eastern Conference All-Stars, too.

All stats are through Thursday, Feb. 23. Minimum requirements were set at 100 field goal attempts for shooting stats and 500 minutes for non-shooting stats, unless otherwise noted.

Kobe Bryant, G, L.A. Lakers

• Leads the league in usage rate, using 37.2 percent of his team's possessions when he's on the floor.

• Shooting 17-for-61 (28 percent) in clutch time (last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less), which ranks 47th among 52 players who have attempted at least 20 clutch-time shots.

• Leads the league in both makes (155) and attempts (363) from mid-range (between the paint and the 3-point line). The 363 attempts is 70 more than the next most (LaMarcus Aldridge).

• Shooting only 17 percent of his shots from within five feet of the basket, down from 25 percent in his first 15 seasons.

• The Lakers have scored 101.6 points per 100 possessions with Bryant on the floor and 96.3 with him on the bench.

Chris Paul, G, L.A. Clippers

• Has lowest turnover ratio among starting point guards, turning the ball over on just 8.4 percent of his possessions.

• Has been assisted on just 18.0 percent of his field goals, the fourth-lowest rate in the league (among players who have attempted at least 100 shots), and the second lowest among 2012 All-Stars.

• Ranks fifth in the league and second among 2012 All-Stars (behind Dwyane Wade) in on-court offensive efficiency. The Clippers are scoring 110.2 points per 100 possessions (which would lead the league in efficiency) with Paul on the floor and only 95.0 (which would rank 29th) with him on the bench.

• Attempting a career-high 22 percent of his shots from 3-point range, and shooting threes at a career-high 44 percent.

Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City

• Leads the league with 81 points scored in clutch time, shooting 27-for-64 from the field, 5-for-17 from 3-point range and 22-for-23 from the line.

• Has made five field goals (on 13 attempts) in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime to tie the game or take the lead -- the most of any player.

• Has been assisted on 99 of his 343 field goals (41 percent) by Russell Westbrook. Only one player (Marcin Gortat) has been assisted on more field goals (114) by a single teammate (Steve Nash).

• Shooting 49.6 percent from mid-range, which ranks sixth among players who have attempted at least 75 mid-range shots and first among those who have attempted at least 200.

• Has been assisted on 46 percent of his field goals, the lowest rate in his five seasons. He was assisted on 62 percent of his field goals last season.

Blake Griffin, F, L.A. Clippers

• Leads the league with 195 field goals from within five feet of the basket. 130 of the 195 have been assisted, 58 of which by Chris Paul.

• Ranks second in the league behind Dwight Howard with 101 missed free throws.

• Ranks eighth in the league and third among 2012 All-Stars in shooting percentage from inside the paint (63 percent) and 150th in shooting percentage from outside the paint (33 percent).

• Ranks second behind LeBron James in clutch-time free throw rate, with as many clutch-time free throw attempts (20) as field goal attempts.

• Tied with Bryant and Russell Westbrook with 10 clutch-time turnovers, most in the league.

Andrew Bynum, C, L.A. Lakers

• Ranks third in the league and second among 2012 All-Stars in defensive rebounding percentage in 28.1 percent of available defensive boards when he's on the floor.

• Has shot 15-for-18 in clutch time.

• Has shot 47 percent on the second night of a back-to-back and 58 percent with at least one day of rest.

• Has attempted 92.2 percent of his shots from the paint, the third-highest rate in the league behind Nikola Pekovic and Dwight Howard.

LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland

• Tied for third in the league and tied for first (with Blake Griffin) among 2012 All-Stars with 176 assisted field goals.

• Is 3-for-3 on shots to tie or take the lead in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

• He is shooting only 48 percent of his shots from inside the paint, after shooting 59 percent of his shots from the paint last season.

Marc Gasol, C, Memphis

• Ranks second among centers (behind Boris Diaw) with 104 assists.

• Has shot 53 percent in the first half and 44 percent in the second half, one of four All-Stars with at least a 9 percent drop-off from half to half.

• Attempted 31 percent of his shots from mid-range, up from 20 percent in his first three seasons. Also shooting a career-high 44 percent from mid-range.

Kevin Love, F, Minnesota

• Leads the league with 165 second-chance points.

• Ranks second among 2012 All-Stars in offensive rebound percentage (behind Roy Hibbert) and third in defensive rebounding percentage (behind Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum).

• Has shot 49 percent against teams .500 or better, but only 38 percent against teams below .500.

Steve Nash, G, Phoenix

• Leads the league in assist percentage, assisting on 53.6 percent of his team's field goals when he's on the floor.

• At 59.7 percent, ranks 10th in the league and first among 2012 All-Stars in effective field goal percentage.

• At 54.4 percent (68-for-125), ranks second in the league (behind Stephen Curry) in mid-range shooting percentage (among players with at least 75 mid-range FGA).

Dirk Nowitzki, F, Dallas

• Has lowest turnover rate among All-Stars, with just 7.3 turnovers per 100 possessions.

• Has attempted 58.2 percent of his shots from mid-range, the second-highest rate (behind Brandon Bass) among players who have attempted at least 200 total field goals.

• Has been assisted on 66.4 percent of his field goals, the highest rate among 2012 All-Stars.

Tony Parker, G, San Antonio

• Ranks second in the league (behind Durant) with 70 clutch-time points and first with 27 made clutch-time free throws.

• Has attempted only six percent of his shots from 3-point range, sixth lowest rate among guards.

• The Spurs area allowing just 98.1 points per 100 possessions with Parker on the floor (which would rank 10th in the league) and 107.5 with Parker on the bench (which would rank 29th).

Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City

• Ranks second in the league, behind Bryant, in usage rate, using 32.4 of his team's possessions when he's on the floor.

• Leads all guards with 150 field goals from within five feet of the basket.

• Leads the league with 236 unassisted field goals.

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