As of lately I really haven’t been able to have too much fun with my writing, and so, I’ve decided to start a new segment where I detail some of the more fun, interesting facts and stats from the basketball season. So, without further ado, let’s delve into the 2013-14 NBA season with 10 fun stats from the early year!*
1. Steve Blake is currently ranked eighth in the league in assists per game (7.4). Boy, we are off to a good start.
2. Kevin Garnett is currently averaging 6.7 PPG, which is just around other scoring kingpins Chris Andersen (6.4 PPG) and Travis Outlaw (6.5 PPG) with that average.
3. For all the talk about the top-tier players, I hear no one making mention of Arron Afflalo, a breakout star. The guy is 10th in the league in scoring (21.7 PPG), is shooting over 50 percent from three, averages about five rebounds and assists, and plays good defense. What more can you ask for? Oh, a good team, that’s right.
4. Two guards are ranked in the top 10 in field goal percentage. Wesley Matthews ranks eighth at 55.4 percent, and is a big reason as to why the Trail Blazers have gotten off to their hot start, and Tony Allen ranks 10th at 55.2 percent.
5. Disregarding the injured Brook Lopez, the third leading scorer for the Nets is Andray Blatche (11.1 PPG).
6. The No. 3 overall prospect in next year’s draft is Australian Dante Exum. In the sea of mentions of Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, and Marcus Smart, I have yet to hear Exum’s name mentioned once.
7. Despite leading the league in scoring by 1.7 points over his next closest competitor (28.2 to 26.5), Kevin Durant ranks only 13th in the league in shot attempts (17.8 per game). He averages the most free throw attempts per game in the NBA and attempts 1.5 more free throws than the next closest non-big man (10.3 to James Harden’s 8.8).
8. Zaza Pachulia is shooting 91.9 percent from the free throw line this year. In his 10-year career, he has never been greater than a 78-percent free-throw shooter.
9. Anthony Bennett is currently averaging 11.1 MPG. The only other No. 1 overall draft pick since 1990 to average less than 15 MPG in his rookie season? Kwame Brown. BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA.
10. Five days ago, Kwame Brown was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers, perhaps the only place he could have found work in the league.
I hope you enjoyed these. Or learned something. Or at least didn’t hate it. Please let me know what you thought of this!
*Statistics accurate as of night of 11/29