A SEASON IN NUMBERS

A SEASON OF NUMBERS, PART 1

All season, especially with so many new metrics available to the public, we were inundated with numbers and statistics about the Clippers. Here is part one of a look at some of the most significant numbers this year, including some very obscure ones.

 

109.4

Offensive efficiency rating (points per 100 possessions) that was No. 1 in the NBA, four-tenths of a point ahead of the defending-champion Miami Heat.

113

The total number of regular-season wins for the Clippers in the past two seasons. Only three teams have more victories in that span: Oklahoma City (119), Miami (120) and San Antonio (120). The Clippers set the franchise record for wins two straight seasons, winning 57 games in 2013-14, a year after going 56-26.

76.5

The total number of passes Chris Paul made on average per game in the Playoffs, according SportVu  data tracked by NBA.com.

3rd

 Blake Griffin’s finish in MVP balloting. Griffin finished eighth in the NBA in scoring (24.1 points per game) and was the first player since Tim Duncan in 2001-02 to average at least 24 points, nine rebounds, 3.5 assists and shoot 50 percent or better from the field. Duncan was the NBA MVP following that season.

81.2

 The percentage Griffin shot on transition possessions, per Synergy Sports. Griffin had 291 possessions in transition in the regular season. Only Bradley Beal (205) had more than 200 possessions among those in the top 50 in points per possession. LeBron James, who had a league-high 395 transition possessions, shot 73.2 percent.

2

 The most number of games the Clippers lost in a row all season. Through 95 games, including 13 in the Playoffs, they were the only team in the NBA to never accumulate a losing streak of at least three games. 

5.5

 Per SportVu, the number of contested rebounds per game DeAndre Jordan grabbed per game. He led the NBA in rebounding (13.6), but finished second in contested rebounds behind Andre Drummond, who grabbed 6.1 contested boards.

17.2

 Jamal Crawford’s points per game in games he came off the bench. He averaged 18.6 on the season (third for the Clippers), but was nearly as good as a reserve. The Clippers were 31-14 in the 45 games Crawford was a reserve. He also put together two games of at least 30 points and 11 assists. He’s the only player in NBA history to do so in a game that he did not start.

365

 Matt Barnes’ league-best plus-minus rating from Jan. 20, 2014 to the conclusion of the regular season. Barnes started all 40 games for the Clippers in that span and led the NBA in plus-minus. He averaged 11.6 points and shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range in those 40 games.