POSTED: Feb 23, 2015 12:34 AM ET
Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan and James Harden are proving to be a cut above the rest.
With All-Star Weekend wrapped up in New York, let's see who's dominating the category leaderboards halfway through the NBA season.
FG%, Blocks, Rebounds
DeAndre Jordan has taken permanent residence around the rim to lead in three statistical categories at the break. Ninety-seven percent of Jordan's shots (327 out of 335) this season have been from less than five feet from the hoop, where he's shooting 73.4 percent. Jordan has a four percentage point lead on second-place (Tyson Chandler, 68.4 percent) and nearly 13 percentage points on third (Amir Johnson, 59.6 percent). With Blake Griffin (elbow) out for the next few weeks, Jordan should get even more looks from Chris Paul on offense.
On defense, Jordan's proclivity for the hoop lands him atop the blocks leaderboard with 127 on the season. Anthony Davis has recorded 126 in eight less games, so expect The Brow to find his name at the top by the end of the season if he can stay healthy.
Jordan is also grabbing 23.4 percent of available rebounds for 745 on the season and 13.8 per game to narrowly best Detroit's Andre Drummond for the rebound lead. Pau Gasol is surging up the leaderboard after posting double-doubles in 14 straight games and grabbing 14.3 boards per game during the stretch.
Despite dominating three categories, Jordan is shooting an awful 41.4 percent from the free-throw line on 4.2 attempts per game. This problem may grow as the playoff stretch begins and teams more frequently employ a "Hack-a-Jordan" strategy.
On the opposite end of the free throw spectrum there's James Harden. The Beard is attempting 9.3 free throws per game on the season and 10.5 over his last 15 games. He's hitting 87 percent of his freebies, which powers him to the top of the points leaderboard at 27.4 per game. His lead over LeBron James (25.9 per game) and Kevin Durant (25.9) could shrink as the former MVPs shift into playoff overdrive. But Harden will push into overdrive, too. Especially with Dwight Howard (back) sidelined for the indefinite future. This would be the first scoring crown for Harden if he's able to hold on.
Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry and Wesley Matthews have each hit 161 3s at the break to form a trinity atop the 3-point leaderboard. So why does Korver receive the crown? Because it's taken him nearly 100 fewer attempts to reach 161 than Curry and Matthews. Korver is nailing 3s at an incredible 52.3 percent this season, which easily bests Curry (39.9 percent), Matthews (39.8) and nearly every other player in NBA history. Korver currently holds the NBA season-best mark of 53.6 percent, which he hit during the 2009-10 season in Utah on 2.1 attempts per game. He's pumped up the attempts to 5.8 this year in Atlanta, making it safe to call Korver's current run one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history. With how much detail he puts into his shot, it's hard to imagine he will drop off anytime soon.
After leading the league in dimes last season with 721, Wall is on top of the assists leaderboard again with 546 after 54 games. This amounts to 10.1 per game, which easily bests his 2013-14 mark of 8.8. Ty Lawson (10.1 per game) and Chris Paul (9.7) are right behind Wall, with Paul poised to rise as he plays without Blake Griffin in Los Angeles. Paul will initiate more of the offense with Griffin sidelined, which should lead to more assists (he posted 12.7 per game since Griffin went down). Paul won't jump Wall easily, though, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Draft has improved every season he's been in the league, so there's no reason to expect him to slow down.
Golden State's sharp-shooter recorded 128 steals in 78 games last season for 11th best in the league. This season, he leads the NBA with 110 after 51 games for a 2.2 average, narrowly besting Russell Westbrook (2.1 per game), James Harden (2.0) and Trevor Ariza (2.0) for the crown. This accolade is nice, but doesn't mean much as the difference between Curry and 10th place (Thaddeus Young) is just 0.4 steals per game. It simply shows why Curry can make a good case for best fantasy player in the league as he excels on the Warriors' league-leading defense.
It's hard to imagine Chris Paul will ever relinquish this crown. The Clippers' point guard is the only player in NBA history to average 15-plus points, nine-plus assists and less than 2.5 turnovers for a season. And he's in the middle of doing it for the sixth straight time. It's an amazing accomplishment that often gets overlooked when skimming a box score. So let it be known, Chris Paul doesn't give up the rock.
Week 17 Schedule Breakdown
Three games: DAL, OKC
Two games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
One game: BKN, MEM, MIN, UTA
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Paul George - 19 % owned
Sound the alarm. The Pacers' two-time All-Star forward reiterated his timetable to return by mid-March after missing every game this season while recovery from a broken leg. Who knows what George will be able to provide when he returns. But if your team is in healthy shape to make the playoffs and could house an injured player for a month, George is worth a look after averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 36.2 minutes last season.