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Digging into the numbers: Eastern Conference All-Stars

Take a look at the stats that helped make the players on the 2015 Eastern Conference All-Star team shine this season.

POSTED: Feb 13, 2015 9:21 AM ET

By John Schuhmann

BY John Schuhmann

NBA.com

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Chicago's Jimmy Butler (left) and Pau Gasol each lead the NBA in two different statistical categories.

It's that time of year. All-Star Weekend? Yeah. But it's also the second anniversary of the launch of NBA.com/stats, which has a new look this season.

New stats too. On Thursday, play-type stats from Synergy Sports were added to the site. These allow to to see how often and how successfully teams and players run different types of plays (isolations, pick-and-rolls, post-ups, etc.).

As the best players in the league ready to take the floor at Madison Square Garden for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, it's time to dig into the numbers. With some help from both Synergy and SportVU, let's see where each of the 28 All-Stars thrive and what makes each of them unique.

Here are the 13 players representing the Eastern Conference, starting with the five guys fans voted in as starters.

-- Clutch time = Last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.
-- Effective field goal percentage = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA

All stats through Thursday, Feb. 12.

Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors

2015 All-Star Top 10: Kyle Lowry

Check out the very best plays from Eastern Conference All-Star Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.

-- Usage rate is at a career-high 25.4 percent and jumps from 22.5 in the first half to 27.8 in the second half, the third biggest jump in the league (behind Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul) among players who have logged at least 300 minutes in each half.
-- Opponents have shot just 29.9 percent on 3-pointers when he's been guarding them.
-- One of four players averaging at least 18 points and seven assists per game.

More SportVU: The Raptors have scored 1.16 points per possession on 305 Lowry/Jonas Valanciunas pick-and-rolls, the fifth best mark among combinations that have run at least 300.

Video: Watch Lowry shoot 13-for-22 on his way to a career-high 39 points in Utah on Dec. 3.

John Wall, G, Washington Wizards

2015 All-Star Top 10: John Wall

Count down the top 10 plays from Washington Wizards star John Wall representing the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

-- Leads the league in time of possession at 8.2 minutes per game.
-- Leads the league with 10.1 assists per game and in assist percentage, assisting on 44.9 percent of his teammates' field goals while he's on the floor.
-- The Wizards have allowed just 97.3 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, but 108.0 with him on the bench. That DefRtg differential is the third biggest in the league among players who have logged at least 500 minutes with one team and the biggest among All-Stars.

More SportVU: Averages 5.33 dribbles per touch, most among All-Stars.

Video: Watch Wall set a career high with 17 assists in a double-overtime win against Boston on Dec. 8. He tied it with another 17 eight days later against Minnesota.

Carmelo Anthony, F, New York Knicks

2015 All-Star Top 10: Carmelo Anthony

Check out the top 10 plays from Eastern Conference All-Star Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

-- Has an effective field goal percentage of 41.3 percent in games within the Atlantic Division and 50.4 percent outside the division.
-- The Knicks have been outscored by 13.7 points per 100 possessions with on the floor in the third quarter, but have outscored their opponents by 11.0 with him on the floor in the fourth.
-- Turnover rate is at a career-low of 7.9 per 100 possessions.

More SportVU: Has shot 58 percent (19-for-33) on 3-pointers in the first six seconds of the shot clock and 30 percent (30-for-101) in the last 18 seconds of the shot clock.

Video: Watch Anthony shoot 10-for-14 in a win over the Nuggets on Nov. 16.

Pau Gasol, F-C, Chicago Bulls

2015 All-Star Top 10: Pau Gasol

Check out the top 10 plays from Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol from the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

-- Leads the league with 35 double-doubles.
-- Has shot 24-for-37 (64 percent) in clutch time, a mark that trails only Anthony Davis among players who have attempted at least 20 clutch-time shots.
-- One of 10 players (five of them All-Stars) who have shot better than 90 percent from the free throw line in the fourth quarter (minimum 50 attempts).

More SportVU: Has defended 571 total shots at the rim, most of any player.

Video: Watch Gasol set a career high with nine blocks against Denver on Jan. 1.

LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers

2015 All-Star Top 10: LeBron James

Watch the very best plays from Eastern Conference All-Star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

-- The Cavs have outscored their opponents by 8.3 points per 100 possessions with James on the floor and have been outscored by 8.4 with him on the bench. That on-off-court differential of 16.7 points per 100 possessions is the largest in the league among players who have played at least 500 minutes for one team.
-- Effective field goal percentage has dropped from 61.0 percent last season to 53.1 percent this season, the ninth biggest drop-off in the league and the biggest among All-Stars.
-- Only player in the league averaging at least 6.5 points in all four quarters.

Synergy: Has an effective field goal percentage of 72.5 percent in transition, best among players with at least 100 transition shots.

Video: Watch James dish out a season-high 14 assists against Charlotte on Dec. 15.

Chris Bosh, C, Miami Heat

2015 All-Star Reserves: Chris Bosh

Check out the plays that made Heat forward Chris Bosh a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- The Heat have outscored their opponents by 2.9 points per 100 possessions with both Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the floor, but have been outscored by 6.1 with only Bosh on the floor and by 4.6 with only Wade on the floor.
-- Has taken 69 percent of his shots from outside the paint, the highest rate of his career and the third highest rate (behind Dirk Nowitzki and Ryan Anderson) among power forwards and centers with at least 500 field goal attempts.
-- Has shot 52.6 percent in the restricted area, down from 70.5 percent last season. That's, by far, the biggest drop-off among players with at least 100 restricted-area attempts each season.

More SportVU: Leads the league with 70 field goals in the last six seconds of the shot clock.

Video: Watch Bosh shoot 14-for-21 in Phoenix on Dec. 9.

Jimmy Butler, G-F, Chicago Bulls

2015 All-Star Reserves: Jimmy Butler

Check out the plays that made Bulls guard Jimmy Butler a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- Leads the league in total distance traveled (136.7 miles).
-- Usage rate has jumped from 16.9 percent last season to 21.5 this season. It's still the second lowest (ahead of only Kyle Korver) among All-Stars.
-- One of three All-Stars (Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are the others) whose team has been better with him off the floor than on the floor. The Bulls have outscored their opponents by 3.0 points per 100 possessions with Butler on the court and by 5.3 with him on the bench.

More SportVU: Butler has traveled 73.6 miles on offense and 63.1 on defense.

Video: Watch Butler tie a career high with six steals in Orlando on Feb. 8.

Al Horford, C-F, Atlanta Hawks

2015 All-Star Reserves: Al Horford

Check out the plays that made Hawks center Al Horford a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- One of two players (Kevin Durant is the other) that ranks in the top 10 in both restricted-area field goal percentage and mid-range field goal percentage (minimum 100 attempts).
-- Ranks third in catch-and-shoot field goal percentage among 61 players with at least four catch-and-shoot attempts per game.
-- The Hawks have assisted on 72.8 percent of their field goals with Horford on the floor and just 59.0 percent with him on the bench. That's the biggest on-off-court differential among players who have logged at least 500 minutes with one team.

More SportVU: Has shot 49.7 percent as a ball-screener. All other Hawks ball-screeners have shot 40.2 percent.

Video: Watch Horford record 10 assists as part of his first career triple-double in Philadelphia on Jan. 13.

Kyrie Irving, G, Cleveland Cavaliers

2015 All-Star Reserves: Kyrie Irving

Check out the plays that made Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- Has shot 46.8 percent from mid-range, up from 36.2 percent last season. That's the eighth biggest improvement among 113 players with at least 100 mid-range attempts each year and the biggest improvement among All-Stars.
-- Leads the league with a plus-minus of plus-201 in the first quarter.
-- Turnover ratio has gone down each year of his career, from 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions in his rookie season to 8.7 this year.

Synergy: Ranks third in the league with 417 pick-and-roll ball-handler possessions.

Video: Watch Irving shoot 11-for-19 from 3-point range on his way to 55 points against Portland on Jan. 28.

Kyle Korver, G, Atlanta Hawks

-- Leads the league in true shooting percentage.
-- Effective field goal percentage has increased each of the last four seasons from 54.2 percent in 2010-11 to 70.3 percent this year. His jump from 62.6 percent last season (which ranked second in the league) to 70.3 percent this season is the third biggest among players who attempted at least 500 shots last year and have attempted at least 300 this year.
-- Has attempted just 7.3 percent of his shots from the paint, a rate which is less than half of that of any other All-Star.

More SportVU: Has an effective field goal percentage of 78.5 percent on uncontested jumpers and 59.4 percent on contested jumpers. Both marks lead the league among players with at least 50 attempts of that type.

Video: Watch Korver shoot 7-for-9 from 3-point range in Chicago on Jan. 17.

Paul Millsap, F, Atlanta Hawks

2015 All-Star Reserves: Paul Millsap

Check out the plays that made Hawks forward Paul Millsap a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- Has shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range in wins, 13.8 percent (4-for-29) in losses, 40.0 percent with at least one day of rest, and 15.2 percent (5-for-33) in the second game of a back-to-back.
-- One of four All-Stars who, including this season, have never had a negative plus-minus season in their career. The others are Butler (four seasons), Tim Duncan (18 seasons) and James Harden (six seasons). Anthony had never had one until this season.
-- The Hawks OffRtg and DefRtg with him on the floor both go up every quarter, from the numbers of an elite defensive team in the first to those of an elite offensive team in the fourth.

More SportVU: Has an effective field goal percentage of 54.2 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers, and just 29.5 percent on pull-up jumpers, the fourth largest differential among 112 players who have taken at least 75 of each and the largest differential among All-Stars.

Video: Watch Millsap shoot 11-for-17 in a win in Portland on Jan. 3.

Jeff Teague, G, Atlanta Hawks

2015 All-Star Reserves: Jeff Teague

Check out the plays that made Hawks guard Jeff Teague a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- Ranks fourth in the league and first among All-Stars with 11.6 drives per game.
-- Has attempted just 12.6 percent of his shots from mid-range, the lowest rate among All-Stars and among point guards who have taken at least 500 shots.
-- Has grabbed just 4.5 percent of available rebounds while on the floor, the lowest rate among All-Stars.

Synergy: One of five players who have drawn shooting fouls on at least 10 percent of at least 300 pick-and-roll ball-handler possessions.

Video: Watch Teague tie a career high with 15 assists in Charlotte on Nov. 7.

Dwyane Wade, G, Miami Heat

2015 All-Star Reserves: Dwyane Wade

Check out the plays that made Heat guard Dwyane Wade a 2015 East All-Star Reserve.

-- Leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring at 7.1 points per game.
-- Usage rate has jumped from 27.6 percent last season to 34.1 this year. That's the second biggest jump (behind only Luc Mbah a Moute) among players who have logged at least 500 minutes each year.
-- Has shot 67.1 percent in the restricted area, third among guards with at least 100 attempts.

More SportVU: 86.6 percent of his jump shots have been pull-ups (rather than catch-and-shoot), the third highest rate (behind only Shaun Livingston and Russell Westbrook) among 244 players with at least 100 total jumpers.

Video: Watch Wade shoot 12-for-19 on his way to 42 points against Utah on Dec. 17.