Category Archives: Basketball

Today’s Sportstats: January 3, 2019

Through NBA games of January 2, there are five teams averaging over 115 points per game. The five: Milwaukee (117.0), New Orleans (116.3), L.A. Clippers (115.8), Golden State (115.8) and Sacramento (115.0).

Here are 10 stats you may not know about NBA teams that average 115 points or more for the entire season.

  1. A total of 102 NBA teams have averaged 115 or more points in an NBA season.
  2. Eighty of the 102 teams (78%) made the playoffs in that season where they averaged 115+ points.
  3. The highest per game average in league history is 126.5 by the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets.
  4. Seventeen of the 102 teams finished the season with a winning percentage above .700.
  5. The Los Angeles Lakers have had the most seasons with a 115 or higher points per game average. They did it in 12 seasons. Denver and Boston are tied for second in this stat with nine such seasons.
  6. The Milwaukee Bucks highest scoring seasons were 1969-70 (118.8 points per game) and 1970-71 (118.4 points per game).
  7. Thirty-three of the 102 teams finished the regular season with a winning percentage under .500.
  8. The worst record for a team to finish the year averaging over 115 points per game was 20-62 by the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets.
  9. Thirty-four of the 102 teams on this list played in the three-point era.
  10. In the 1967-68 and 1969-70 NBA seasons there were nine teams each that ended the season with a points per game average 115 or above. That’s the most in a season. There were no teams at the 115 mark or above from 1992-93 through 2015-16; there were two such teams in 2016-17, Houston (115.3) and Golden State (115.9). There were none last season.

 

 

 

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Today’s Sports Stats: December 22, 2018

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon has played 152 games in his NBA career and is a couple months into his third season in the Association. He won the league’s Rookie of the Year honor in 2016-17 and he is a starter and important part of the Bucks team that has one of the best records in the NBA this season.

With all that being said, Brogdon has certainly been a solid performer in his short career… but would you be ready to say that Brogdon is one of the best shooters in the league? Or, are you ready to call him one of the greatest shooters in NBA history?

Before you answer that, let me offer you a few stats that might affect your answer.

Brogdon leads the NBA this season in free throw percentage by making 50 of 51, a .980 percentage (through games of December 21). His career free throw percentage is .893. Of all NBA players with a minimum of 250 career free throw attempts, Brogdon’s.893 percentage ranks 11th all-time in the league.

But in addition to a stellar free throw percentage are a couple of other eye-opening shooting stats. First, Brogdon has a career .408 shooting percentage from three-point range and is a career .510 shooter in two-point attempts in his career. Add it all together and Brogdon’s career shooting percentages are .408 (three-pointers), .510 (two-pointers) and .893 (free throws).

This is where Brogdon’s shooting percentages might get your attention. Of all players with a minimum of 150 career NBA games, Brogdon is one of only seven players in history with a career three-point percentage above .400, a career two-point percentage over .500, and a career free throw percentage over .850.

Of course Brogdon’s career is in the early stages and those percentages have a lot of time (as long as Brogdon’s maintains a long NBA career) to deviate up or down. But if you put stock in these shooting percentages, you would have to say that Brogdon has made a case that he is today one of the league’s best shooters. If we say that years from now is another story.

Here’s a look at the seven players in NBA history with a career three-point percentage above .400, a career two-point percentage over .500, and a career free throw percentage over .850 (through games of December 21, 2018).

Player, Career Games, 2-pt pct, 3-pt pct, FT pct

Wally Szczerbiak, 651 games, .505, .406, .860
Mark Price, 722 games, .501, .402, .904
Steve Nash, 1217 games, .518, .428, .904
Jeff Hornacek, 1077 games, .515, .403, .877
Stephen Curry, 646 games, .514, .438, .905 *
Jose Calderon, 870 games, .507, .408, .872 *
Malcolm Brogdon, 152 games, .510, .408, .893 *

Active players: *

Thoughts? Opinions?

One other quick note: If he continues this pace from the free throw line, Brogdon has a good chance to break the Bucks’ all-time record for highest free throw percentage in a season. Here is a look at the Bucks players who have the highest free throw percentage in a season (minimum of 82 free throw attempts in a season to qualify).

Keith Van Horn, .945 pct, 91 attempts, 2003-04
Jack Sikma, .922 pct, 348 attempts, 1987-88
Ray Allen, .913 pct, 195 attempts, 2002-03
Luke Ridnour, .907 pct, 140 attempts, 2009-10
Ricky Pierce, .907 pct, 311 attempts, 1990-91
Jack Sikma, .905 pct, 294 attempts, 1988-89
Ray Allen, .903 pct, 195 attempts, 1998-99

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Today’s Sports Stat: November 29, 2018

Over the past several years, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen many players wear their uniform. Some have had long careers, others very short. Some seem to have made a “stopover” in Milwaukee on their way to another team. And others have made a brief stop in Milwaukee just before retirement.

Here’s a list of 12 players who played for the Bucks whose careers lasted less than 100 games with the team, but they were pretty decent scorers in their short time with the Bucks.

Most career points by Bucks players with less than 100 career games with the team:

Player                        Career Points            Years with Bucks

Richard Jefferson                  1607                       2009
Moses Malone                       1329                       1992-93
Ruben Patterson                   1194                       2007
Terrell Brandon                     1044                       1998-99
Wayne Embry                        1023                       1969
Ken Norman                          979                        1994
Michael Carter-Williams       976                        2015-16
Swen Nater                            938                        1977
Earl Boykins                           897                        2007, 2011
Fred Hetzel                             843                        1969
Lindsey Hunter                      825                        2001
Corey Maggette                     805                        2011

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Today’s Sports Stat: November 26, 2018

One of the biggest surprises for the Milwaukee Bucks this year has been the play of Brook Lopez. The seven-footer has become a legitimate scoring threat for the team, but the fact that he has become a weapon as a three-point shooter is probably a surprise to many.

Through the first 19 games of the season, Lopez is second on the team with 130 three-point attempts (Khris Middleton leads the team) and he is second on the Bucks with 49 made treys (behind Middleton’s 58). He is shooting the three-pointer at a very respectable 37.7 percent.

With all that being said, it probably also came as a surprise that Lopez set an NBA record on November 23… unfortunately for futility beyond the three-point stripe.

In that game against the Phoenix Suns, Lopez took 12 three-point shots and missed them all. That established a new NBA record for most three-point attempts without a made shot. The previous record was held by three players who each went 0-for-11. For the record, Lopez was 1-for-2 from the free throw line and did make three of five two-point shots in the contest.

Here is a look at the players who took 10 or more three-point shots in a regular season game and did not make any of them. (Lopez became the 13th player in history to go 0-for-10, 0-for-11 or 0-for-12 in a game; three players did it in multiple games… James Harden in three games and Stephen Curry and Antoine Walker in two games apiece.)

12: Brook Lopez
11: Trey Burke, Stephen Curry, Antoine Walker
10: Ray Allen, Raja Bell, Stephen Curry, Baron Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George, James Harden (three times), Kyle Korver, George McCloud, Antoine Walker, Kemba Walker

With 130 three-point attempts through the first 19 games of the season, Lopez is on a pace to end the season with 561 three-point attempts this season. The most threes attempted by a seven-footer in a season was set last year when Lauri Markkanen attempted 401. Lopez is fourth on this list of most threes attempted by a seven-footer in a season… last season he attempted 387.

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Today’s Sports Stats: November 22, 2018

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points in the Bucks win over the Portland Trailblazers on November. It’s amazing to think that he is not yet turned 24 years old and will not celebrate his 24th birthday until December 6th.

Giannis has tallied 7,172 points in his young career. By scoring that many points before his 24th birthday, he ranks eighth all-time on the NBA list for most career points scored by a player before turning 24. As you might expect, LeBron James tops this list; he scored 11,514 points before his 24th birthday.

Here is a list of the nine NBA players who scored 7,000 or more points in their careers before turning 24.

LeBron James, 11,514
Kevin Durant, 9,978
Carmelo Anthony 9,264
Tracy McGrady, 8,542
Kobe Bryant, 8,197
Shaquille O’Neal, 7,481
Dwight Howard, 7,397
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 7,172*
Anthony Davis, 7,093

  • (through games of November 22, 2018)

As stated above, Giannis won’t turn 24 until December 6. The Bucks have six more games until then. If he hits his current average, 26.3 points per game, he will hit his 24th birthday with 7,330 points… not enough to push him past Howard on this list.

Giannis does rank number one on the Bucks list of most points scored by a Milwaukee Bucks player (in a Bucks uniform) before he turned 24. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is second with 4,957 points. He is followed by Brandon Jennings (4,946), Marques Johnson (4,789) and Glenn Robinson (4,125).

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