If you are an NBA fan you have probably heard a lot of attention paid to a few players, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo among others, who have been piling up triple-doubles early in the 2016-17 season.
While these players seem to have found a way to score a lot of points in addition to garnering assists by feeding teammates and grabbing lots of rebounds, there are some players who when it comes to scoring and passing just don’t seem to have numbers that show that they like to share the ball.
Hey, the numbers don’t lie, so let’s take a look at players past and present who have been big-time scorers but have low numbers when it comes to assists.
First, let’s look at players in NBA history who have averaged 25 or more points in a season yet had less than two assists per game that same campaign. Nine different players make our list with two of those players (Moses Malone and Amare Stoudemire) accounting for five of the 12 individual seasons with 25 or more points per game and less than two assists per contest.
NBA players with seasons with 25.0 points and less than two assists per game
Joe Fulks, Phil., 1948-49, 26.0/1.2
George Yardley, Det., 1957-58, 27.8/1.3
Paul Arizin, Phil., 1058-59, 26.4/1.7
Wilt Chamberlain, Phil., 1960-61, 38.4/1.9
Walt Bellamy, Balt., 1963-64, 27.0/1.6
Elvin Hayes, San Diego, 1968-69, 28.4/1.4
Bob Love, Chicago, 1971-72, 25.8/1.6
Moses Malone, Houst., 1979-80, 25.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1980-81, 27.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1981-82, 31.1/1.8
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2004-05, 26.0/1.6
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2007-08, 25.2/1.5
Looking at the numbers from this season, there is one player who may work his way onto the above list. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis is averaging 28.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. He will join the above list if his assist numbers drop below two per game.
Following are the players from this season who are averaging 20 or more points per game with less than three assists per contest.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 21.8/2.8
Harrison Barnes, Dallas, 20.6/1.4
Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 28.9/2.1
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 20.3/2.7
Kevin Love, Cleveland, 21.8/1.7
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee 20.5/2.4
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, 20.1/1.3
Klay Thompson, Golden State, 21.7/2.0
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota, 21.7/2.3
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The Green Bay Packers begin the 2016 playoffs with a home game against the New York Giants, a team they defeated in the regular season… a Week #5 contest in Green Bay won by the Packers, 23-16.
Of the 12 playoff teams this year, the Packers played the most regular season games in 2016 against teams that eventually made the playoffs, seven. The Pack defeated division foes Detroit twice this season, and beat fellow playoff teams Houston, the Giants and Seattle. They lost to the NFC’s #1 and #2 seeded teams, the Cowboys and Falcons.
Let’s look at the records of this year’s 12 playoff team in games against teams that also made the playoffs.
Green Bay 5-2
New England 4-1
Kansas City 3-2
New York Giants 3-2
Here’s another stat to consider… In each of the last four post-seasons, the Packers were knocked out of the playoffs by a team they had lost to in the regular season. In 2015, the Packers lost in the playoffs to Arizona, a team they lost to in the regular season. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks defeated Green Bay in the post-season and beat the Packers in the ’14 regular season. And, in both 2012 and 2013, the Packers were eliminated in the playoffs by the San Francisco, and were beaten in the regular season by the 49ers in each of those years.
Might this “trend” again hold for 2016? Well, the 2016 playoff teams the Packers lost to in the 2016 regular season were Dallas and Atlanta. The Packers, if they win this Sunday against the Giants, will face either one of these teams (Cowboys or Falcons) in the next round. If they get by one of those teams in the second round, there’s a good chance the Packers could face the other of the two (Cowboys or Falcons) for the NFC Championship.
Just something to think about!
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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions on January 1.
- The Packers won their season finale and are now a league-leading 21-5 in season finales since 1991. They have won 20 of the last 23 regular season ending games.
- For the 11th straight year the Packers won three or more games against division opponents (they were 5-1 this season).
- The Packers made the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year, a feat matched by the New England Patriots. The Packers and Patriots are the seventh and eighth teams in NFL history to make the playoffs in eight straight years. The league record is nine consecutive years; both the Dallas Cowboys (1975-83) and the Indianapolis Colts (2002-10) made the post-season in nine consecutive seasons. The other four teams that made it eight straight years: Dallas (1966-73), L.A. Rams (1973-80), Pittsburgh (1972-79) and San Francisco (1983-90)
- Coach Mike McCarthy has led the Packers to the playoffs nine times as head coach. He passes Curly Lambeau for most in team history… Lambeau led the Packers to eighth playoffs in his tenure as Packers coach.
- This was the eighth straight year that Green Bay had a winning streak of four games or more in a season.
- Green Bay finished 10-6 for the season. The Packers have 12 10-win seasons since 2000, most in the NFC. The Patriots have 15 10-win seasons since 2000 to top the NFL.
- The Packers scored 40 TDs via passes and 11 via the run. It was the 29th straight year that the team scored more passing TDs than rushing TDs in a season.
- Green Bay was 9-2 this season when they had one or no turnovers in a game. They were 8-1 in games where they had fewer turnovers than their opponents in a contest. For the season, the Packers were a +8 in turnovers… they had 17 turnovers and 25 takeaways.
- The Pack was 10-1 this season when they held their opponents under 30 points in a game.
- Yesterday’s game was scoreless after the first quarter. With the win, the Packers are now 8-4 in such games since 2010.
- The Packers scored first in the contest and have now won eight of the last nine times when they scored first as the away team. They are 15-8 in games since 2010 on the road when they score first.
- Green Bay was behind 14-10 at halftime. When the Pack is behind at halftime by three or more points, they had lost seven straight until yesterday’s game. They are 29-64-1 since 2000 when they are behind by three points or more at halftime, and 14-40 in those games played on the road.
- Aaron Rodgers ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards in the game. In his career, the Packers are 3-6 in games where Rodgers gains 40 or more yards rushing. The 10 rushing attempts in this game were the second most in Rodgers’ career (his career-high is 12 versus Atlanta in 2010).
- Rodgers ended the season with 40 TD passes. It was the 12th time in NFL history that a QB had 40 or more TD passes in a season… it was the second time in Rodgers’ career. He is now one of only four QBs in NFL history to have 40 or more TD passes in multiple seasons. The others Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. Of the 12 times that a QB had 40 or more TD passes in a season, Rodgers has the two seasons with the fewest number of interceptions (seven in 2016 and six in 2011). Finally, Rodgers becomes the third oldest QB to throw for 40 or more TD passes in a season. Brees was 33 and Peyton Manning was 37.
- Rodgers had four TD passes, 300 yards passing and no interceptions in the game. It was the 10th time in his career that he was 4-300-0 in a game. That’s tied for the third most games in NFL history with Peyton Manning. Drew Brees leads the league with 18 games and Tom Brady is second with 14 games with four or more TD passes, 300 or more passing yards, and no interceptions.
- The Packers had 153 yards rushing in the game and held the Lions to 76 yards on the ground. In games where they tally 150 or more rushing yards and hold the opponents under 100, the Packers have now won five straight. Since 1970 they are 69-10-2 in such games and since 2000 they are 29-5 in games where they gain 150+ yards rushing and the opposition is held under 100 in the same game.
- Green Bay won the time of possession battle with 34:09 to Detroit’s 25:51. They have now won 11 of their last 12 when they have the ball for 34 or more minutes in a non-overtime game. Since 2000, the Packers are 48-10 when they have 34 or more minutes TOP in a non-OT contest.
- Rodgers led the league in TD passes this season with 40. He becomes the seventh Green Bay Packers QB to lead the league in TD passes in a season. The others: Brett Favre (1995, 1996, 1997, 2003), Lynn Dickey (1983), Tobin Rote (1955, 1956), Cecil Isbell (1941, 1942), Bob Monnett (1938) and Arnie Herber (1932, 1934, 1936).
- Jordy Nelson led the league with 14 TD via pass receptions. He becomes the sixth Packers player to lead the league in that category. The others: James Jones (2012), Sterling Sharpe (1992, 1994), Billy Howton (1956), Don Hutson (1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944) and Johnny Blood (1933).