Cavaliers ... By The Numbers
Kyrie Irving had a sensational sophomore campaign, as did his 2011 draft classmate, Tristan Thompson. Alonzo Gee and Tristan were the squad’s iron men, several second unit players – like Luke Walton, Wayne Ellington and Mo Speights – put up some impressive numbers. And Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller gave us a nice glimpse of things to come.
While the Cavaliers conduct their search for the squad’s next head coach, here are some interesting integers from the 2012-13 season …
14.9 …second chance points the Cavs averaged per contest, second-best in the Eastern Conference
12.2 … offensive rebounds Cleveland averaged per game, good for seventh-best in the NBA
31 … double-doubles Tristan Thompson posted this season, good for seventh in the Eastern Conference and 11th-most in Cavaliers franchise history
22.5, 5.9, .855 …Kyrie Irving’s scoring average, assist average and free throw percentage, joining Lenny Wilkens as the only other Cavalier to average at least 20 points and five helpers per contest while shooting 80 percent or better from the stripe.
0 … games that Alonzo Gee and Tristan Thompson missed this season, making them the first pair of Cavaliers to start every game in a season since Clarence Weatherspoon and Andre Miller did so in 2000-01
306 … offensive rebounds Tristan Thompson grabbed in 2012-13, good for second-most in the NBA and most in franchise history
14.7 … Dion Waiters’ scoring average, tops among all Eastern Conference rookies
14.1, 14.4 … Anderson Varejao’s scoring and rebounding averages before being sidelined for the season
7-5 …Cavaliers’ record in January this season, their most successful month of the campaign
7 … double-doubles registered by Tyler Zeller this season, fourth-best among all NBA rookies
36 …points the Cavaliers’ second unit averaged since the arrival Mo Speights and Wayne Ellington on January 25
15.1, 7.0 … Mo Speights’ scoring and rebounding averages in his first seven games after being traded to Cleveland, the first Cavalier to post at least 10 points and five boards in his first seven games with the team
37, 13, 2 … times this season that Kyrie Irving tallied 20 points, 30 points and 40 points, respectively
3.7 …offensive rebounds Tristan Thompson averaged per game this season, 5th-best in the NBA
4.5 …assists per game Luke Walton averaged since January 22, leading all Eastern Conference bench players during that span
11.3 …points per game Wayne Ellington averaged in 17 starts with the Wine and Gold
578 …career three-pointers made by Daniel Gibson, placing him at No. 3 on the Cavs all-time list behind only Mark Price and LeBron James
6-3 … Cavaliers’ record against the Southeast Conference at The Q.
3.5 …points Kyrie Irving averaged in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, best in the NBA.
16 …fourth quarters this season in which Kyrie Irving scored at least 10 points
8 …three-pointers made by C.J. Miles against Brooklyn, making him the first Cavalier in team history to hit eight treys off the bench in a game
5-5 …Cavaliers’ record on Tuesday nights this season, their most successful day of the week
4-1 …Cavaliers’ record this year when Kyrie Irving dished out double-digit assists
13.0 … turnovers per game that the Cavs averaged over their last 43 games, second-lowest in the NBA during that stretch
11-12 …Cavaliers record this year with the starting lineup of Irving, Waiters, Gee, Thompson and Zeller
20 … games this season in which Dion Waiters led the team in scoring