Before diving into some year-end stats, take a moment to stare in awe of the graphic that Maddison Bond created for I GO CHART NOW. Thank you for being a friend, sir.
Now that Maddison’s awesomeness has left you half-blind, on with a few stats to sum up a little bit of the regular season….
Largest negative +/- for the 2012 season? Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers, at -47. Of course, this occurred during the fartfest that was the CLE@DET game on April 17, 2012. I feel bad picking on Jamison, because he seems like a pretty good guy, and none of the other Cavs that started that game had much better +/- for the game….But as a Cavs fan, watching him through this season made me kinda glad there were only 66 games. I needed to put a stat on here that conveyed my frustration.
Tyson and Wilt
Tyson Chandler finished the season with the third best field goal percentage of all time at .679. The only person to have ever shot a better percentage was Wilt Chamberlain, who did it twice. If only the rest of the Knicks would have gotten their shit together as much as Chandler was able to this season, they might not be the hot mess they are right now. (Nice job fighting a fire extinguisher, Stat. #GWS). And…AND…not only did Tyson post this ridiculously high FG%, but he also won the defensive player of the year honors this year. Solid.
Initially, I was pretty surprised to see that Luol Deng led the league in Minutes Per Game this season at 39.4. It’s not so much the MPG that’s surprising (he was at 39.1 MPG last year), but rather that no one else had a higher MPG in the league. Hell, Luol had two games where he played 50 minutes this season, so that helped out a bit especially since he played only 54 games. Side note, related to the graph you see here — I’m guessing the increase in MPG, however minor, in a compressed this year had something to do with Luol’s FG% slipping to .412 (career .465). Having to pick up a lot of the scoring slack with Rose out, thus exerting more energy while continuing to be solid on defense, probably did not help his % either.
I’m not going to pretend I came up with the “Serge Protector” nickname, because I most certainly did not. Kudos to whoever did (no idea where I heard it first) because it’s fantastic. Anyways, the stat at hand is this — Serge Ibaka managed to get into the top ten all time in block percentage this year (9.78 Blk%). The only names ahead of him are Manute Bol (RIP), Alonzo Mourning, and Jim McIlvaine. At the risk of going into a tiny rant here, when people discuss the “OKC way” of rebuilding, I feel like most of the time they’re missing that the Thunder (well, Sonics at the time technically I guess) got pretty damn lucky picking up Ibaka with the 24th pick in 2008 and having him work out like he has. You can’t just count on a pick that late to come in and produce like he has so quickly and so tremendously. But yeah, I don’t want to get into another “OKC way” rebuild spiel.
That’s all for now. Remember, in all you do — it’s there in the stats, man.