All-Star 2018 Numbers to Know: Team Stephen

NBA.com Global on Feb 18, 2018 04:34 PM
All-Star 2018 Numbers to Know: Team Stephen
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game against the Miami Heat on November 6, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com

All-Star 2018 comes with a new format for the All-Star Game on Sunday. The 24 (healthy) All-Stars are no longer split by conference affiliation. Instead, they were selected in a Draft by LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the leading vote-getters in each conference in the fan voting.

We'll see how that changes how the game is played. Either way, All-Star is a celebration of the best basketball talent in the world, talent that is, again, putting up some incredible numbers this season.

Team Stephen features three of the four top scorers in the league and some of the most dangerous shooters off the dribble, but also more bigs than the injured Team LeBron. Here are some numbers to know about all 16 members of Team Stephen...

-- Clutch time = Last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.
-- Effective field goal percentage = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA
-- True shooting percentage = PTS / (2 * (FGM + 0.44 * FTA)))
All stats through Thursday, Feb. 15 (Friday, Feb. 16, PHL time).

Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks

- Ranks second in the NBA's efficiency statistic (which adds together the five basic boxscore stats and subtracts missed shots and turnovers). He's one of three players -- DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are the others -- who have averaged at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block per game, and leads that trio with 27.8 points per contest.
- Leads the league with 16.4 points in the paint per game and 734 total points scored in the restricted area.
- Has shot 64 percent on clutch shots, the third best mark among 80 players with at least 25 clutch field goal attempts. But two teammates - Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe - have taken more clutch shots than he has.
- Has shot 78 percent on put-backs, the best mark among players who have attempted at least 50.
- Has shot just 34 percent from mid-range (between the paint and the three-point line), the worst mark among players with at least 200 mid-range attempts.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Antetokounmpo match a career-high with 14 baskets in the restricted area in Cleveland on Nov. 7 (Nov. 8, PHL time).

Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors

- League's leading third-quarter scorer at 9.6 points per game, the highest average for any player in any quarter this season.
- Has scored 1.11 points per possession on pick-and-roll ball-handler possessions, the highest mark among players who have averaged at least five per game.
- The Warriors have scored 120 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. That's the highest one-court mark for offensive efficiency among 286 players who have averaged at least 15 minutes in 25 games or more, and the Warriors have scored 13.3 fewer points per 100 possessions (106.7) with him off the floor. That's the biggest on-off OffRtg differential among 310 players who have played at least 500 total minutes for a single team.
- The Warriors have also averaged 106.5 possessions per 48 minutes with Curry on the floor. Among players who have averaged at least 15 minutes in 25 games or more, only Brooklyn's D'Angelo Russell has a higher on-court mark for team pace.
- One of two players (Damian Lillard is the other) who have shot better than 90 percent on at least five free throw attempts per game.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Curry make an NBA-season-high 10 three-pointers against Memphis on Dec. 30 (Dec. 31, PHL time).

DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto Raptors

- Leads the league (for the second straight season) with 534 points scored between the restricted area and three-point range, even though he has taken 20 percent of his shots from three-point range, more than double his rate of last season. He has already made more three-pointers than he had in any of his previous eight seasons.
- According to Second Spectrum tracking, DeRozan leads the league (for the second straight season) with 3.5 contested jumpers per game, but that number is down from 5.8 per game last season. This season, 34 percent of his jumpers have been contested, down from 49 percent last season.
- His assist ratio (18.1 per 100 possessions used) and assist-turnover ratio (2.37) are both career-high marks by a wide margin.
- His assist rate has been at its highest in the first quarter (25.1 per 100 possessions used) and has dropped precipitously with each subsequent quarter, to 20.0 in the second, 15.9 in the third and 6.8 in the fourth.
- One of six All-Stars whose teams have been better with them off the floor than with them on the floor. The Raptors have been 4.5 points per 100 possessions better with DeRozan off the floor (plus-11.3) than with him on it (plus-6.8), though that plus-6.8 per 100 with him on the floor is, by far, the best on-court NetRtg of his career.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch DeRozan dish out a season-high nine assists in Sacramento on Dec. 10 (Dec. 11, PHL time).

Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers

- Ranks second in usage rate, having used 34 percent of the Sixers' possessions (via shots, assists and turnovers) when he's been on the floor.
- Leads the league with 15.3 post-ups per game, almost two more than any other player. His 53 percent shooting ranks third among 19 players with at least 100 post-up field goal attempts.
- The Sixers have been 15.8 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor (plus-10.5) than they've been with him off the floor (minus-5.2). That's the third biggest on-off NetRtg differential (smaller than only those of Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker) among 310 players who have played at least 500 minutes for one team.
- The only player who has shot 65 percent or better on at least 200 shots in the restricted area and 45 percent or better on at least 200 mid-range shots.
- Only All-Star whose team has allowed less than a point per possession with him on the floor.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Embiid's 14 baskets from a Nov. 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time) win in L.A. in which he registered 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks.

James Harden, G, Houston Rockets

- Leads the league in scoring at a career-high 31.3 points per game. He's the only player with multiple 50-point games this season (he has four), and the 60 points he scored against Orlando on Jan. 30 (Jan. 31, PHL time) are an NBA season high.
- Leads the league with 206 three-pointers and is on pace (if he plays the remainder of the Rockets' games) to be the second player in NBA history to make 300 threes in a season (Curry has done it twice). His 36 three-pointers in the last four seconds of the shot clock are 15 more than any other player has made.
- Leads the league with 9.9 free throw attempts per game and is one of eight players who has shot 85 percent or better on at least five attempts per game. He's on pace for his fourth straight season of 200 3-pointers and 600 free throws. The only other players in NBA history with 200/600 seasons are Gilbert Arenas (2006-07) and Russell Westbrook (last season).
- Leads the league in usage rate, having used more than 36 percent of his team's possessions while he's been on the floor.
- Leads the league (by a wide margin) with 9.5 isolation possessions per game and has scored 1.25 points per possession in isolation, the best mark among 32 players who have averaged at least two isolation possessions per game.
- Part of what has been the league's best offensive lineup. The Rockets' lineup of Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela has scored 121.5 points per 100 possessions, the best mark among 32 lineups that has played at least 200 minutes together.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Harden's 19 field goals from his 60-point game against Orlando on Jan. 30 (Jan. 31, PHL time).

Jimmy Butler, G, Minnesota Timberwolves

- Leads the league at 37.3 minutes per game, though that's not a career-high.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 50 percent on very-tightly-guarded jump shots, the fourth best mark among players who have attempted at least 25.
- The Wolves have been 16.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor (plus-3.9) than they've been with him off the floor (minus-12.3). That's the biggest on-off NetRtg differential among 310 players who have played at least 500 minutes for one team. His on-off DefRtg differential (-10.6 points allowed per 100 possessions ranks second to that of Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson (-12.0).
- Has shot 54 percent on non-restricted-area paint shots, the best mark among players who have attempted at least 100.
- Part of what has been the league's best lineup. The Wolves' lineup of Tyus Jones, Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns has outscored its opponents by 24.3 points per 100 possessions, the best mark among 33 lineups that have played at least 200 minutes together. That lineup also has the lowest turnover rate (9.5 per 100 possessions) among those same 33 lineups.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Butler's 15 buckets with the score within three points in the last three minutes.

Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors

- One of five players who has averaged at least seven rebounds and seven assists per game, and leads that group with 1.5 blocks per contest.
- One of two players (Miami's Bam Adebayo is the other) with at least 100 post-up possessions, who has passed out of more than half of those post-ups.
- Has recorded assists on 36 percent of his possessions, the highest rate among All-Stars and the seventh highest rate among players who have averaged at least 15 minutes in 25 games or more.
- His effective field goal percentage has been highest (56 percent) in the fourth quarter, though he is just 4-for-19 on clutch shots and 1-for-10 on clutch three-pointers.
- Has shot just 30 percent from outside the paint, the second lowest mark (higher than only that of the Lakers' Lonzo Ball) among players who have taken at least 200 shots from the outside. He has shot just 31 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers, the worst mark among 92 players who have attempted at least 150.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Green dish out a season-high 16 assists (tying a career high) against Charlotte on Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time).

Al Horford, F-C, Boston Celtics

- One of four players who has shot 50 percent or better on at least 500 shots from the field and 40 percent or better on at least 100 three-point attempts.
- Is also one of eight players who have shot 70 percent or better on at least 100 attempts in the restricted area and 40 percent or better on at least 100 mid-range attempts.
- His effective field goal percentage of 57.6 percent is a career high. His ratio of three-point attempts (179) to mid-range attempts (109) is 1.6, more than double what it was two seasons ago (256/333).
- Has recorded assists on a career-high 28 percent of his possessions, the highest rate among centers. His assist-turnover ratio of 2.54 is also best among centers.
- Ranks ninth in the league and second among All-Stars (behind Embiid) in defensive win shares.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Horford dish out a career-high 11 assists against Phoenix on Dec. 2 (Dec. 3, PHL time).

Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers

- Has shot 92 percent from the free throw line, the best mark among players who have averaged at least five free throw attempts per game. Also one of three players that has shot better than 90 percent on at least 25 clutch free throw attempts.
- Has scored 32 percent of his team's points while he's been on the floor, the eighth highest rate in the league.
- Has scored 1.07 points per possession on pick-and-roll ball-handler possessions, the third highest mark among players who have averaged at least five per game.
- Has shot 39 percent on pull-up three-pointers and just 34 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers. Among 25 players who have taken at least 100 of each, only five (including Harden) have shot better on pull-up threes, and Lillard's differential is the biggest among those five.
- Registering career highs in both effective field goal percentage (52.7 percent) and true shooting percentage (59.7 percent). Has taken 43 percent of his shots from three-point range, also a career-high mark.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Lillard's 16 field goals from his 50-point game in Sacramento on Feb. 9 (Feb. 10, PHL time).

Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors

- Has attempted 6.1 times as many three-pointers (411) as mid-range shots (67), the highest rate among All-Stars.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 60 percent in the first half of games and 48 percent in the second half. That's the second biggest drop-off among 136 players who have taken at least 200 shots in each half.
- Ranks second with 0.46 charges drawn per game.
- Has been assisted on 48 percent of his baskets, the highest rate of his career. He's been assisted by DeRozan 68 times, 50 more times than he's been assisted by any other teammate.
- Free throw rate of 29 attempts per 100 shots from the field is down from 40 over his previous two seasons.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Lowry shoot 8-for-11 from three-point range against Charlotte on Nov. 29 (Nov. 30, PHL time).

Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors

- Ranks second in the league in total plus-minus, with the Warriors having outscored their opponents by 395 points with him on the floor.
- Leads the league with 334 catch-and-shoot three-point attempts and has shot 46 percent on those attempts, the fourth best mark among 154 players with at least 100.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 79.7 percent on wide-open jump shots, the best mark among players who have attempted at least 100.
- Registering career-highs in both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. His effective field goal percentage of 59.6 percent ranks fifth among 115 players with at least 500 field goal attempts.
- Has attempted just eight free throws per 100 shots from the field, the second lowest free throw rate (higher than only that of Chicago's Denzel Valentine) among 114 players with at least 500 field goal attempts.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Thompson shoot 7-for-9 from three-point range against Minnesota on Jan. 25 (Jan. 26, PHL time).

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

- Leads the league with 51 double-doubles.
- Has shot 53 percent on post-ups, the second best mark among players with at least 100 post-up field goal attempts.
- One of four players who has shot 50 percent or better on at least 500 shots from the field and 40 percent or better on at least 100 three-point attempts.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 61 percent in the last four seconds of the shot clock, the best mark among 69 players who have taken at least 50 shots in the last four seconds.
- Has contested 139 more shots than any other player, though opponents have shot almost 66 percent at the rim when he's been there to defend it. That ranks as the third worst rim protection mark among 20 players who have defended at least five shots at the rim per game.
- Part of the most used lineup in the league. The Wolves' lineup of Jeff Teague, Butler, Wiggins, Gibson and Towns has played 1,044 minutes together, 356 more than any other lineup.

NBA.com/stats video: Watch Towns block six shots in Indiana on Dec. 31 (Jan. 1, PHL time).

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