Inside the Numbers: 2017-18 season was all about offense for Clippers
LOS ANGELES — Dating back to last summer, the Clippers have undergone a roster overhaul, welcoming several new faces to the organization.
And over the course of the 2017-18 season, injuries played a role in just how much those new faces – and the already established faces – took the court.
But despite the roster transition and bevy of injuries, surprisingly, the one thing that remained consistent all season was the Clippers’ offense.
In fact, LA had arguably one of the best offensive seasons in the history of the franchise, led by breakout years from veterans Lou Williams, Tobias Harris, Austin Rivers and others.
Check out some of the most telling stats from the Clippers’ 2017-18 season:
Offensive output was directly correlated to the Clippers’ success. When LA scored 108 points or more, it was 34-13. When it scored 107 or less, the team was 8-27.
The Clippers finished the season ninth in the NBA in field goal percentage (47.1) and were one of only 10 teams to shoot better than 47 percent on the season. The eight teams that finished above them – Golden State, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland, Indiana, Toronto and Philadelphia – are all playoff teams.
The Clippers and Pelicans tied for eighth in the NBA in offensive rating (107.7) in the regular season.
LA finished the season ninth in the league in total points scored (8,937).
The Clippers’ 8,937 points scored is the most in a single season since 1983-84 (San Diego Clippers: 9,077) and the most points in a season since the team arrived in LA.
The Clippers finished ninth in the NBA in points per game (109.0) and were one of only nine teams to average at least 109 points.
LA’s average of 109 PPG is the team's highest since the 1983-84 season, when they averaged 110.7 points per game as the San Diego Clippers. It is the highest points per game average since the team arrived in LA.
LA finished second in the NBA in points in the paint (4,282) and points in the paint per game (52.2).
The Clippers were one of three teams with at least 4,200 points in paint and 50+ points in the paint per game.
LA finished fourth in second chance points (1,139) and second chance points per game (13.9) in the NBA.