With the NBA on hiatus, there were obviously no actual games played on Saturday, only All-Star contests. Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge, Eric Gordon earned a victory in the 3-Point Shootout, and Glenn Robinson III was crowned the Slam Dunk champ.
There also isn’t much new trade chatter to discuss, as Jared Johnson did a great job breaking down all recent rumors yesterday.
Thus, for this edition of the ‘Dose,’ I thought I’d whip around the league and provide a fantasy-relevant stat from the first half of the NBA season for all 30 teams in the Association…
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Tim Hardaway Jr. scored in double-figures in each of the Hawks last 11 games before the All-Star break. It’s the longest such streak of his career. And, over his last six contests, THJ is averaging an impressive 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 triples in 33.4 minutes.
Brook Lopez did something no player had ever done this past Monday night when he knocked down six 3-pointers and blocked eight shots in the same game. Lopez had made a total of three 3-pointers over the first eight years (487 games) of his NBA career. He enters the All-Star break this season having knocked down 90 treys in 51 games.
In Thursday’s win over the Bulls, Isaiah Thomas poured in 29 points. Incredibly, it was the 41st straight game in which Thomas has scored at least 20 points, which broke the Celtics all-time franchise record, previously held by John Havlicek at 40 straight. Thomas also scored at least 25 points in each of Boston’s previous 11 games. His streak of 11 consecutive contests with 25-plus points is the longest such streak by any NBA player this season.
Jimmy Butler is third in the league in free throws made per game with 8.3, and fourth in free throw attempts per game with 9.6. In Tuesday’s win over the Raptors, Butler made 15 free throws. It was his fourth game of the season with 15 or more made free throws. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players in Bulls franchise history to post at least four such games in a single season.
Kemba Walker was named an All-Star for the first time his career this season. He's averaging career-highs in points per game (22.4), field goal percentage (.445), three-point field goals per game (2.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.390). One other stat on Kemba: He is scoring 12.1 points per game in pick-and-rolls as the ball-handler in that type of play, which is the best rate in the league, per NBA.com/Stats.
LeBron James is the only player in the league averaging at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists, while shooting above 50.0 percent from the floor. Per Basketball Reference, the only other players to match those numbers over the course of a full NBA season are Michael Jordan in 1988-89 and Oscar Robertson in 1962-63.
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Some pundits questioned the Mavs signing Harrison Barnes to a max contract this past summer. Fantasy GM’s also weren’t sure what to expect, especially after a shaky preseason. Barnes ADP in drafts last October was approximately 80th overall. However, he has exceeded expectations in Dallas. Barnes is averaging a career-high (team-high) 20.1 points per game. He has led the Mavericks (or tied for the lead) in scoring 28 times this season, after he led Golden State in scoring only six times in his 307 games with the Warriors.
Since the start of the 2017 calendar year, Nikola Jokic is averaging 21.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.1 3-pointers, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals. He’s one of only three players averaging at least 20 points, 10 boards and five dimes in 2017. The other two are Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins.
Andre Drummond ranks fourth in the NBA in total steals and first among centers this season. Per NBA.com, his projected 143 steals would be the most by a center since 2005-06 when Ben Wallace recorded 146 steals.
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry knocked down more than ten 3-pointers in a single game twice this season. For his career, Curry has five such games. No other player in NBA history has more than one.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, James Harden is creating 56.5 points per game this season, which is just shy of breaking Tiny Archibald’s record for the most points created per game in a season in league history (56.8 in 1972-73). Harden also has five 40-point triple-doubles this season, tied with Oscar Robertson in 1963-64 for the most such games in a season.
Only one player in the NBA has knocked down more 30 3-pointers and blocked more than 110 shots this season: Myles Turner.
Blake Griffin has become quite the distributor with Chris Paul sidelined. Not only is Blake averaging 24.2 points and 9.2 rebounds over the Clippers final five games prior to All-Star break, but he is also dishing out 7.8 assists per game.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lou Williams ranks fifth in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring (7.7 points), trailing All-Stars Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kyle Lowry. Lou Will also leads the Lakers in scoring, at 18.6 points per game, despite coming off the bench all season. He is on pace to become the first non-starter to lead his team in scoring since... yup, Lou Williams led the 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers at 14.9 points per contest despite never starting a single game.
Mike Conley is one of eight players that currently lead an NBA franchise in points, assists and steals. The other seven are Kevin Garnett (Minnesota), LeBron James (Cleveland), Michael Jordan (Chicago), Reggie Miller (Indiana), Gary Payton (Seattle/Oklahoma City), Isiah Thomas (Detroit) and Dwyane Wade (Miami).
Miami has eight players averaging at least 10 points a game this season, the most in the NBA. Goran Dragić (20.3), Hassan Whiteside (16.8), Dion Waiters (15.9), Tyler Johnson (13.8), James Johnson (12.2), Josh Richardson (11.2), Wayne Ellington (10.9) and Justise Winslow (10.9).
Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently averaging 23.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 blocks. To put that in context: Antetokounmpo is averaging more points than John Wall and Paul George, more rebounds than LeBron James and Steven Adams, more assists than Kemba Walker and George Hill, more steals than Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry, and more blocks than DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard.
Andrew Wiggins, who doesn’t turn 22 years old until Feb. 23, has scored more than 20 points in 15 straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of just three active players to score 21 or more points in at least 15 straight NBA games when they were age 21 or younger. The others to do so were LeBron James (17 games in a row) and Carmelo Anthony (15 straight). Also, Wiggins scored 40 points on both ends of a back-to-back earlier this week. He is the second player in NBA history under the age of 22 to score 40 or more points on consecutive days. The only other player to do that was Allen Iverson.
New Orleans Pelicans:
Anthony Davis has scored at least 35 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked two shots on ten different occasions this season. The rest of the NBA combined has one 35/15/2 game this season. Shaquille O'Neal, back in 1993-94, is the only other player in the last 30 years to have double-digit 35/15/2 games in a single season. AD is the only player with ten such games before the All-Star break.
New York Knicks:
Rising rookie Willy Hernangomez has posted impressive numbers in limited minutes over the first 50-plus game of his first NBA season. In fact, he is on pace to become just the third rookie in the last 40 years to average at least 15 points and 13 rebounds per-36 minutes. Per Basketball Reference, Shaq in 1992-93 and Charles Oakley in 1985-86 were the other two rookies to match those stats.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Dating back to the start of last season, Oklahoma City has gone a remarkable 39-6 when Russell Westbrook records a triple-double.
Elfrid Payton has recorded 25-plus points and 9-plus assists off the bench three times since this season. According to Stats, Inc., he has already tied for the most 25-point/9-assist games as a reserve in a career since 1985-86.
Joel Embiid is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to average over 20 points per game while playing less than 26 minutes a night.
Eric Bledsoe is averaging career-highs in scoring (21.6 points per game) and assists (6.2), while also posting a career-best PER of 21.5. Bledsoe is one of just four players averaging at least 21 points, six assists and five boards this season. The other three are LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Portland Trail Blazers:
Earlier this month, Damian Lillard scored his 8,000th point. He had already handed out his over 2,000 assists. This was significant because he joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players in the last 30 years to accumulate at least 8,000 points and 2,000 dimes within the first five seasons of their careers.
DeMarcus Cousins is posting career-highs in numerous statistical categories this season, including scoring (27.8 points per game), assists (4.9) and 3-pointers (1.7). DMC, along with Russell Westbrook, have a chance to become the first players since Larry Bird in 1984-85, to average at least 27 points, ten boards and five dimes over the course of a full season.
San Antonio Spurs:
Kawhi Leonard, once known primarily for his defense, has scored in double-figures in 85 straight game, which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan (91) in 2003. Also, before this year, Leonard had only four games with 30-plus points in his regular season career (324 games). This season, he has 19 such games.
DeMar DeRozan is on pace to become the first player since Dwyane Wade in 2006-07 to average over 27 points per game, but less than 0.5 3-pointers per game. There have been 34 instances of players averaging over 27 points per game in the last ten years, and each time the player averaged more than 0.5 treys per contest.
Gordon Hayward started his career off in a unique fashion. His scoring average jumped from just 5.4 points per game his rookie year, all the way up to 19.3 points in his fifth NBA season. In the process, he became one of just three players in NBA history to increase his season scoring average by at least two points per game in four consecutive seasons. The other two are Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton. This season, his seventh NBA campaign, Hayward has upped his scoring averaging to 22.2 points per game. Remarkably, it appears he will improve his scoring average for a seventh straight season.
John Wall has tallied at least 15 points and ten assists in nine straight games. Per Elias, that is the longest such streak in a season since the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Adams had a 13-game streak in December 1990. In addition, over the Wizards last 10 games, Wall scored 215 points (21.5 per game) and registered 129 assists (12.9 per game). Only two other players in NBA history had both that many points and that many assists over their team’s final 10 games before the All-Star break: Oscar Robertson for the 1964-65 Cincinnati Royals (349 points/134 assists) and Guy Rodgers for the 1966-67 Bulls (218 points/135 assists).