Last week, I listed a couple of stats/facts for each team in the Eastern Conference from the first half of the 2019-20 campaign. Today, we head out West.
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No player in NBA history has ever averaged more than 27 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists per game for a full season before turning 21 years old. (That was LeBron James in 2004-05). 20-year old Luka Doncic is currently averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.6 assists. Luka already owns the record for the most triple-doubles by a player before his 21st birthday (20). He is just one trip-dub shy of tying Jason Kidd's Dallas franchise record (21).
Speaking of impressive triple-double feats, only two players in NBA history have recorded more triple-doubles by their 25th birthday than Nikola Jokic (39). Those two players are Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Jokic also has six career trip-dubs while scoring at least 30 points. Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only centers with more such games.
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Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors have already used 29 different starting lineups this season, the most used by the team in a single season this decade. Golden State used six unique starting lineups in the first seven games of the season. Draymond Green is averaging 6.2 assists per game, which ranks 20th among the league leaders. If Green finishes in the Top 20 in 2019-20, it will mark the fifth-straight season.
Who needs a center when you have Robert Covington as an interior intimidator!? RoCo has blocked at least three shots in each of Houston's past four games, tying for the second-longest streak by a Rocket going back to 2005-06. Over his last 16 appearances, Russell Westbrook is averaging 33.2 points per game while shooting over 53% from the floor.
Los Angeles Clippers:
Prior to Monday night's blowout victory over the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard had scored 30+ points in nine-straight games, which was the longest such streak of his career and the longest such streak in the NBA this season. During this nine-game stretch, Kawhi averaged 34.6 points, 7.7 boards, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 50.9% from the floor and 39.7% from 3-point territory.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Before the start of 2019-20, LeBron had never recorded more than nine triple-doubles prior to the All-Star break in a single season. This year, he racked up 12 trip-dubs before the break.
Here's the all-time leaderboard for the total number of triple-doubles in a player's 17th season or later:
LeBron James: 12
Kobe Bryant: 4
All other players in NBA history COMBINED: 5
Ja Morant leads all rookies in scoring (17.6 points), assists (6.9) and free throw percentage (.777) this season. He also ranks third in steals (0.96) and second in field goal percentage (.492). Morant ranks fourth in the NBA, among all players, in fourth-quarter points per game (7.7). He is on pace to join Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as just the third rookie in NBA history to average more than 17 points and six assists per game, while shooting better than 45% from the floor.
Karl-Anthony Towns appeared in his 350th game last month. He's one of five players in league history to tally at least 7,000 points, 4,000 boards and 900 assists over his first 350 career games. The other four are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan and David Robinson. KAT is the first player ever with 7k points, 4k rebounds and more than 400 made 3-pointers.
New Orleans Pelicans:
Zion Williamson has scored at least 25 points while shooting over 44% from the floor in each of his last five games. Dating back to 1984, per Basketball-Reference, the only two rookies with longer such streaks are Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan. Zion is also the first player in NBA history to score more than 300 points and convert more than 56% of his FG attempts over his first 13 career games.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
With CP3 making the All-Star team this season. Oklahoma City has now had an All-Star in each of the last 11 seasons, good for the longest active streak in the NBA... The Thunder have the three highest fourth-quarter +/- ratings in the NBA this season:
1. Chris Paul: +154
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: +153
3. Dennis Schroder: +152
(Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks fourth at +127)
The Suns five-man unit of Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton have a Net Rating of +20.2 per 100 possessions this season. That's the highest Net Rating of any 5-player lineup in the NBA this season, among those that have logged at least 200 minutes. The Bucks starting 5 (B. Lopez, .W. Matthews, .E. Bledsoe, .K. Middleton, .G. Antetokounmpo) rank second.
Portland Trail Blazers:
Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 32 points on Monday. It was his first 30-point game since Feb. 25, 2017 and the 272nd game of 30-plus points in his career. (Only four active players have more career 30-point games: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and James Harden.) CJ McCollum is averaging 32.0 points and 10.7 assists in the three games since Damian Lillard's injury. Per Basketball-Reference, he is only the second Portland player in the last 35 years (joining Lillard) to tally at least 25 points and ten dimes in three straight games.
Back on January 8th, in his 296th career game, Buddy Hield made nine 3-point field goals to become the quickest player to reach 800 3-pointers. Stephen Curry (305 career games) was previously the record holder.
San Antonio Spurs:
DeMar DeRozan is one of only three players to score at least 1,000 points in each of the last ten seasons, along with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. From December 21st through January 17th, DeRozan scored at least 20 points while shooting at least 50% from the floor in 13-straight games. Per Spurs PR, that's the longest such streak by a guard in NBA history. During those 13 games, DeRozan averaged 27.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals on 63.8% shooting.
Both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were named 2020 All-Stars as two of the seven Western Conference reserves chosen by the coaches. It's the first-time multiple Jazzmen appeared in the All-Star game since 2007 (Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur). Rudy Gobert is currently the only player in the NBA averaging a double-double while also shooting above 65 percent from the field. Gobert is also on pace to become the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1966-67 to average more than 15 points and 14 rebounds while shooting at least 65 percent from the floor.