Josh Smith joined Hall Of Fame centers Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar as the only players to average 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.5 spg and 2.5 bpg in a single season. Smith was the youngest of the formers.
Leone Powe averaged 26.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per 48 minutes played. Thats a better scoring rate than 12 2008 NBA All-Stars and a better rebounding rate than 21 of the 26 NBA All-Stars.
Matt Carroll is the fourth leading scorer in Bobcats history.
Kirk Hinrich had career lows in points, assists, rebounds and steals.
Last year was only the 7th time in NBA history a player has averaged 30 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. MJ did it once, Oscar did it five times. Last year it was done by LeBron as he also grew an inch.
This season Dirk Nowitzki became the first player ever to get 17,000 points, 6,500 rebounds, 1,000 3PM, 800 blocks, 700 steals and 2,000 assists.
Allen Iverson became the oldest player in NBA history to average 26 points, 7 assists and 41 minutes per game.
Last season was the fourth straight year in Detroit that the top four scorers were Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace.
Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson were the first trio to average 20 points in a season since 1990-1991 when former Warriors Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond did it.
According to ESPN’s John Hollinger and his PER (Player Efficiency Rating) system, Carl Landry had, by far, the most efficient rookie season, with a PER of 21.56 - good for 16th best in the entire NBA and better than Nash, Iverson, Melo, Deron, Pierce, B. Davis, T. Parker and several other stars.
The Pacers have never played a player who averaged 10 assists in a season.
Chris Kaman became the first white American born player to average 15 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks since Bill Walton in 1977-1978.
Nobody has ever had more points than Kobe Bryant (21,619) before the age of 30.
Only 19 players in NBA history had more points in a season before the age of 22 than Rudy Gay.
Andrew Bogut is a great big man. Since 2000, the only players to average 14 pts, 9.5 rebs, 2.5 asts and 1.7 blks in a season are Shaq, Duncan, Garnett, Brand, Webber, and Pau Gasol.
Al Jefferson was only the 2nd Wolves player (KG, the man he was traded for) to average 21 points and 11 rebounds in a season. KG was the same age (23), when he got his first as well.
Jason Kidd tied his career high for a season with 12 triple-doubles in only 49 games with the Nets. His first for the Mavericks came on the last game of season.
Chris Paul is the 2nd(Isiah Thomas, ‘83-’84) player ever with 21 ppg, 11 apg and 2.5 stl/g. Comparing his season to Thomas’, Paul had a better FG%, 3-PT%, more RPG, and less turnovers and personal fouls.
The New York Knicks were last in the NBA in assists.
For all the criticism Kevin Durant got, he put up the 3rd best PPG ever (20.3) for a player under 20.
Dwight Howard is the youngest player ever (22) to average 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
The only players to have Andre Iguodala’s season totals (1,600 points, 390 assists, 440 rebounds, 170 steals) at a younger age than Iggy are Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and LeBron James.
Steve Nash became the first player ever to shoot 50% from the field, 47% from three and 90% from the foul line.
The Blazers top 4 scorers (Roy, Aldridge, Outlaw, Webster) were all 23 and under.
Kevin Martin was the youngest player ever to average 23 ppg while shooting 45% from the field, 40% from three and 85% from the FT line. He was only the 11th player ever to do so.
There are only 5 players in the NBA who have logged 10,000 minutes this decade and shot under 40% from the field over that stretch. They are - 5′10” Damon Stoudemire (.399), 6′2” Rafer Alston (.388), 6′3” Jamaal Tinsley (.395), 6′6” Quentin Richardson (.398) and the 6′10” Robert Horry (.389)
Deron Williams was only the 4th player in history to average 18 pts and 10 asts per game while shooting a blistering 50%+ from the field. The other 3 players are Steve Nash, Magic Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
Is Antawn Jamison the most underrated player of the decade? Since 2000, he has the 10th most points in the NBA. The top 9 average 8.2 of 9 possible all-star appearances. Jamison made just his 2nd appearance this season.