NBA All-Star 2017
Numbers to know: 2017 Western Conference All-Stars
– Numbers to know: 2017 Eastern Conference All-Stars
– Coverage of 2017 NBA All-Star Game
It’s been a heck of a season for NBA statistics. We’re on track to have the best offensive season of the last 40 years, with the league averaging 106.0 points per 100 possessions. Teams are taking 3-pointers at a record rate for the fifth straight season and turnovers are at an all-time low.
With the league-wide offensive revolution, there have been some ridiculous numbers put up by individuals. Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. James Harden and Draymond Green have each had triple-double lines that we’ve never seen before. Stephen Curry finally broke the single-game record for threes and Isaiah Thomas is the first player (since we started tracking by-quarter stats) to average more than 10 points in a quarter. And none of those guys has the season high for points this season.
So there’s a lot to celebrate and plenty of numbers beyond those to digest as we come to New Orleans for All-Star 2017. And as we’ve done for the last few years, we’ll highlight some well and lesser-known numbers for the 25 All-Stars on the East and West rosters.
The Western Conference roster includes the two guys who have won the last three MVP awards, as well as another two guys who have been the front-runners for the award for much of the season.
— 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
— True shooting percentage = PTS / (2 * (FGM + 0.44 * FTA)))
All stats through Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors
Leads the league in raw plus-minus. The Warriors have outscored their opponents by 714 points with him on the floor.
The Warriors have scored 118.1 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and 105.1 with him off the floor. That’s the league’s biggest on-off-court OffRtg differential (13.0) among players who have played at least 750 minutes for a single team.
Set an NBA record with 13 3-pointers in the Warriors’ win over New Orleans on Nov. 7. He has the only two games of double-digit threes this season.
Has an effective field goal percentage of 68.1 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers, the best mark among players who have attempted at least 200.
Has shot just 35.9 percent on pull-up 3-pointers. That’s only the 11th best mark among players who have taken at least 100 and is down from a league-best 42.8 percent last season.
Leads the league with 2.3 secondary assists per game.
Leads the league in free throw percentage at 91.6 percent.
Video: Watch Curry’s NBA-record 13 3-pointers on Nov. 7.
James Harden, G, Houston Rockets
Leads the league in total minutes for the third straight season.
Leads the league with 11.3 assists per game and 27.4 points created via assists per game. Has more than 100 assists to three different teammates (Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson).
Has recorded 274 assists on 3-pointers, just 10 fewer than Steve Nash’s record of 284 in 2004-05. Harden is on pace to record 387 if he plays in all 82 games.
Leads the league in total time of possession.
Has attempted 6.6 pull-up 3-pointers per game, most in the league.
Eight players have scored at least 50 points in a game this season. Harden is the only one to have done it twice and he had a triple-double both times. Against the Knicks on Dec. 31, he was the first player in NBA history with at least 50 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a single game.
More SportVU: Has used 2,227 ball screens, 325 more than any other player this season. Kemba Walker is second, having used 1,902.
Video: Watch Harden’s 17 assists from his 53, 16 & 17 game vs. New York.
Anthony Davis, F, New Orleans Pelicans
League’s leading first-quarter scorer at 8.6 points per game.
Posting career-high marks in usage rate (32.7 percent) rebounding percentage (17.2 percent) and defensive rebounding percentage (27.6 percent). His usage rate has increased every season he’s been in the league.
Has taken 30 percent of his shots from the restricted area, the lowest rate of his career. In fact, that number has decreased every year since his rookie season, when he took 51 percent of his shots from the restricted area.
Leads the league with 6.6 possessions per game and 7.1 points per game as the roll man.
Has earned an and-one on 10.9 percent of his transition possessions, the highest mark among players with at least 100.
Has recorded an assist just on 7.7 percent of his possessions, the lowest rate among All-Stars.
More SportVU: Has set 1,738 ball screens, second most in the league, behind only Rudy Gobert (1,769).
Video: Watch Davis shoot 17-for-34 on his way to 50 points vs. Denver on Oct. 26.
Kevin Durant, F, Golden State Warriors
His true shooting percentage of 65.2 percent is a career high and the second highest mark among non-centers who have taken at least 300 shots.
He’s also putting up career highs in effective field goal percentage (59.5 percent), rebounding percentage (13.4 percent) and assist rate, assisting on 18.0 percent of his possessions. His turnover rate (8.6 per 100 possessions) is a career low.
28 percent of his shots have come from the restricted area, the highest rate of his career. Has shot 78.1 percent in the restricted area, the best mark among the 62 players who have taken at least 200 shots there.
Has also shot 51.6 percent on non-restricted-area paint shots, the second best mark among the 56 players who have taken at least 100 of them. And he has shot 47.9 percent from mid-range, the second best mark among 35 players who have taken at least 200 mid-range shots.
The Warriors are 29-1 when he’s had at least five assists.
Video: Watch Durant shoot 7-for-11 from 3-point range vs. Oklahoma City on Nov. 3.
Kawhi Leonard, F, San Antonio Spurs
Ranks eighth in the league in usage rate at 31.1 percent, having seen an increase in usage rate every year.
True shooting percentage of 61.8 percent is a career high (and 13th among players with at least 300 field-goal attempts). His effective field goal percentage is down, but his free throw rate (FTA/FGA) is up from 0.306 last season to 0.417 this season.
Has shot 44.1 percent from outside the paint, the best mark among All-Stars, though his effective field goal percentage from outside the paint (52.8 percent) ranks sixth among All-Stars, because of his mid-range/3PA ratio (1.3).
Has scored 1.06 points per possession as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, the best mark among players with 100 ball-handler possessions. Has turned the ball over on only 9.8 percent of those possessions, the fourth lowest rate.
The Spurs have scored 113.7 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and just 103.7 with him off the floor.
More SportVU: Has recorded an assist just 4.2 percent of the time when using a ball screen, the lowest rate among 101 players who have used at least 300.
Video: Watch Leonard’s 15 field goals from when he scored a career-high 41 points in Cleveland on Jan. 21.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings
Is recording a career high in usage rate (37.6 percent), but also in true shooting percentage (56.2 percent). He’s also posting a career-high assist ratio (assisting on 14.5 percent of his possessions) while turning the ball over at a career-low rate (11.3 times per 100 possessions).
Leads the league (for the fourth straight season) with 8.5 fouls drawn per game, 1.4 more than any other player. He’s one of two players (Joel Embiid is the other) who accounts for more than 50 percent of the fouls his team has drawn while he’s on the floor.
He’s one of three All-Stars (Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis are the others) with a negative plus-minus, but the Kings have been 4.9 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor (minus-2.3) than with him on the bench (minus-7.1).
One of two players (Gasol is the other) that has averaged at least 10 elbow touches per game.
Leads the league with 117 field goal attempts in the last four seconds of the shot clock.
Has played in 38 games, most in the league, that were within five points in the last five minutes.
Video: Watch Cousins’ 17 field goals from when he scored 55 points vs. Portland on Dec. 20.
Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies
Leads the league with 6.9 post-up possessions per game and 6.8 points per game on post-ups.
Has made 77 3-pointers, 65 more than he made over his first eight seasons in the league. Among players who played at least 10 games last season, only Brook Lopez (88) has seen bigger increases in made 3-pointers than Gasol (75).
Has taken only 15.3 percent of his shots from the restricted area. Among All-Stars, only Carmelo Anthony (14.7 percent) has taken a lower percentage of their shots near the basket.
Usage rate of 27.1 percent is a career high.
Rebounding percentages (offensive, defensive and overall) are all career lows.
Leads the league (for the fourth straight season) with 10.8 elbow touches per game.
Video: Watch Gasol dish out 10 assists in New Orleans on Dec. 5 on his way to his second career triple-double.
Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors
Became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double without scoring at least 10 points when he had 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the Warriors’ win in Memphis on Feb. 10. His 10 steals in that game were two more than any other player has in a game this season.
The Warriors have allowed just 100.2 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. That’s the eighth lowest on-court DefRtg among players that have averaged at least 20 minutes in 25 or more games and the lowest among All-Stars.
Has recorded an assist on 38.1 percent of his possessions, the fourth highest rate in the league and the highest (by a wide margin) among All-Stars. No other All-Star has an assist rate higher than 30 percent.
The only All-Star who has taken at least 40 percent of his shots from the restricted area and at least 40 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
Part of the league’s two best lineups that have played at least 200 minutes together. The Warriors have outscored their opponents by 23.5 points per 100 possessions in 721 total minutes with Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green on the floor with either Andre Iguodala or Zaza Pachulia.
Has scored 0.134 points per touch, the 11th lowest mark among players with at least 1,000 touches and the lowest mark among All-Stars.
Video: Watch Green’s 10 steals from his rebounds/assists/steals triple double in Memphis on Feb. 10.
Gordon Hayward, F, Utah Jazz
Putting up career-high marks in usage rate, true shooting percentage and rebounding percentage. Also has career highs in free throw rate (43 attempts per 100 shots from the field) and free throw percentage (87.0 percent).
Has assisted on 14.6 percent of his possessions, the lowest rate of his career.
Of the eight players averaging at least 5.0 points per game on catch-and-shoot shots and 5.0 points per game on pull-up shots, he’s the only one also averaging at least 2.0 points per game on paint touches or post touches.
Has shot just 33 percent (14-for-43) on clutch shots, the third worst mark among players who have attempted at least 35. But he’s 20-for-21 on clutch free throws, the second best mark among players who have attempted at least 20.
Part of the league’s best defensive lineup that has played at least 100 minutes. The Jazz have allowed just 87.6 points per 100 possessions in 115 minutes with George Hill, Joe Ingles, Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert on the floor.
More SportVU: Has used 851 ball screens, most on the Jazz and third (behind Jimmy Butler and LeBron James) among small forwards.
Video: Watch Hayward shoot 13-for-20 on his way to 33 points in a win over Charlotte on Feb. 4.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LA Clippers
Leads the league in field goal percentage at 69.5 percent, which is also the highest effective field goal percentage among players who have taken at least 300 shots.
Ranks second in rebounding percentage behind Dwight Howard, having grabbed 24.3 percent of available rebounds while he’s been on the floor. Leads all All-Stars in rebounding percentage, offensive rebounding percentage (13.0 percent) and defensive rebounding percentage (34.7 percent).
One of three players (Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside are the others) who has grabbed 25 rebounds in a game this season.
Has scored 1.53 points per possession as the roll man, the highest mark among players with at least 100 roll-man possessions.
Part of the league’s best defensive lineup that has played at least 200 minutes. The Clippers have allowed just 95.3 points per 100 possessions in 447 minutes with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and Jordan on the floor.
One of three players with at least 1,000 touches who has had the ball less than 0.25 seconds per touch.
Video: Watch Jordan shoot 12-for-13 against the Lakers on Jan. 14.
Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors
Scored an NBA season-high 60 points in the Warriors’ win over the Pacers on Dec. 5.
Leads the league with 11.5 catch-and-shoot points per game, 3.8 more than any other player.
Has scored 0.467 points per touch, the highest mark among players with at least 1,000 touches.
The Warriors have outscored their opponents by 21.2 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Thompson on the floor together, the best NetRtg among the top 250 two-man combinations in minutes played.
Averages just 3.1 drives per game, fewest among the 10 guards in the All-Star Game. Curry (6.0) is the only other All-Star guard averaging fewer than 9.3.
Has attempted just 16 free throws per 100 shots from the field, the lowest free throw rate among All-Stars.
Video: Watch Thompson’s 21 buckets from his 60-point game vs. Indiana on Dec. 5.
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
On pace to become the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson did so in 1961-62. His 27 triple-doubles are 12 more than any other player has this season and the most in a single season since Wilt Chamberlain recorded 31 in 1967-68. Westbrook is on pace to pass that mark but fall short of Robertson’s record of 41 in ’61-62. The Thunder are 21-6 when Westbrook has recorded a triple-double.
Leads the league in usage rate for the second time in three years. His usage rate of 41.0 percent is the highest mark in the 21 seasons since play-by-play data has been available. At 60.6 percent, he’s also the only player with a usage rate above 50 percent in clutch time.
Has attempted 12.3 pull-up jumpers per game, most in the league.
Ranks second in the league with 175 points scored in the clutch.
Leads the league with 6.6 fast break points per game.
Leads the league with 8.4 uncontested rebounds per game. Only 21.1 percent of his rebounds have been contested, the lowest mark among 68 players who have averaged at least six rebounds per game.
More SportVU: Has an effective field goal percentage of 54.5 percent in the first six seconds of the shot clock, 45.2 percent with 7-18 seconds remaining on the shot clock, and 39.7 percent in the last six seconds of the shot clock.
Video: Watch all of Westbrook’s career-high 22 assists vs. Phoenix on Dec. 17.
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