Here in "Notable Numbers," we attempt to unearth a plethora of interesting stats and fantasy-relevant facts each week. Today, I'll discuss two studs (one too old, one too young) that are posting unimaginably impressive stats, and some potentially undervalued assets that have thrust themselves onto the fantasy radar.
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* LeBron James Enjoying A Season For The (Old) Ages
King James was back at it again on Tuesday, tallying 25 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists for his fifth triple-double of the season. With the performance coming against OKC, LeBron became the first player to have triple-doubled against every single team in the NBA.
Earlier this month, in a win over the Mavs, he became the first-ever player with at least 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists and four steals in a single game. James, who possesses an NBA record double-digit scoring streak that stands at 941 regular-season games, is currently averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 boards and a league-leading 11.1 assists per contest. The fact that he's doing all this with his 35th birthday just a month away is mind-boggling. To put those numbers in context, prior to 2019-20, no player in NBA history had ever averaged at least seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his age-35 season.
* Prince Luka, The Don
In much the same way that the stats James is accruing in his mid-30's seems implausible, the numbers Doncic is posting at age 20 are downright outrageous.
Coming into this season, no player under the age of 21 had ever averaged more than 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game. Well, Doncic is currently averaging 29.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. In fact, the only three players, age 20 or younger, to average more rebounds than Luka are Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Drummond and Dwight Howard. No player his age has ever averaged more assists or points.
This season, Doncic ranks in the top-10 in points, boards and dimes. Per Basketball-Reference, Luka is the first player, regardless of age, with at least 125 rebounds, 100 assists, and 25 made 3-pointers over the first 13 games of an NBA season.
* Bogey Locked In
While even the most casual hoop fans are aware of what Luka and LeBron are up to, many other players are flying under the radar. Bogdan Bogdanovic is one such potential example.
Bogdanovic stumbled out of the gates this season. After the Kings inked Buddy Hield to a four-year, $94 million pact last month, after signing Harrison Barnes to a four-year, $85 million deal over the summer, there were rumors circulating that Bogey (a pending free agent) was unhappy with his role as a reserve and his place in the Sacramento pecking order. Bogdanovic scored just two points on 1-of-10 shooting in the opener. Over the Kings' first seven games, he was averaging 9.4 points and 1.9 treys in 23.4 minutes while shooting a putrid 31.4% from the floor and 60% from the free-throw stripe.
However, Bogdanovic seemed to flip the switch in the first week of November, when he poured in 22 points and knocked down six 3-pointers in Toronto. In the seven games since, Bogey is averaging 21.3 points, 6.7 assists (vs. 2.8 turnovers), 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 trifectas and 2.3 steals in 32.6 minutes, while shooting a scorching 53.0% from the floor, 56.5% from downtown and 93.3% from the charity stripe. Incredibly, Bogdanovic ranks fourth overall (just behind Anthony Davis and just ahead of Karl-Anthony Towns) in nine-category fantasy formats during this two-week stretch.
Bogdanovic's percentages will eventually come back down to earth. Still, with De'Aaron Fox (ankle) sidelined for the foreseeable future, Bogey has a chance to continue racking up plenty of points, triples and dimes.
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* A True OG
Like Bogdanovic, OG Anunoby isn't generating national headlines but is emerging as a fantasy force.
In a win over the Hornets on Monday night, OG flashed his enticing upside, scoring a career-high 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) to go along with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes. On the season, he is now averaging 12.4 points (on 57.8% shooting), 5.5 boards, 1.7 dimes, 2.1 triples (shooting 53.2% from 3-point land), 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks.
The only other player in the league currently averaging at least two treys, a theft and a block is Karl-Anthony Towns. And, heading into 2018-19, no player in NBA history had ever averaged at least two made 3-pointers, one steal and one swat per game while shooting over 50% from the floor for a full season. Again, Anunoby is averaging 2.1 treys, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting nearly 59%.
Sum it all up, and OG ranks 33rd overall in nine-cat formats this season.
To be fair, it's highly unlikely he'll remain this efficient offensively, especially from downtown. Last season, he shot just 33.2% from deep on 3.0 long-range attempts per game. Over his first two seasons (141 games) in the league combined, he converted 35.1% of his triple tries. However, even with a regression to the mean in percentages and 3PT's, he still should supply plenty of steals and blocks, providing a lovely, lofty floor.
I suspect OG is still undervalued in many leagues. I'd throw out some offers and see if the dude who drafted him, or scooped him up off the waiver wire, isn't sold on his upside and is willing to part ways for a reasonable price.
* Over the Knicks first ten games of the season, RJ Barrett shot 44.3% from the FT line and 34.3% from 3PT territory. Over the Knicks last three games, Barrett is shooting 83.3% from the FT line (10-of-12), and RJ has made six of his last 13 three-point attempts (46%). Barrett's nine-cat ranking has been driven way down by his awful percentages, but if you believe he can shoot something even close to league-average from the stripe, he's a solid "buy-low" target.
* James Harden (549) has scored 33% of the Rockets' total points (1,673)this season. No other player in the league accounts for more than 25% of his team's total points.
* Keep an eye on Donte DiVincenzo. The Big Ragu (one of the league's better nicknames) racked 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in 29 minutes on Monday. He's started three straight games for the Bucks and logged over 24 minutes in each. He should continue to see plenty of court time with Khris Middleton (quad) sidelined, and could provide plenty of steals, points and 3PT's.
* Devin Booker is currently averaging 25.4 points and shooting 53.4% from the field, including 50% from deep, and 93.8% from the FT line. Larry Bird is the only other player to ever average at least 25 PPG on 50/50/90 shooting through the first 12 games of a season.
* Clint Capela has grabbed exactly 20 rebounds in four straight games. Per Basketball-Reference, he the first and only player in league history to accomplish this feat.