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Today’s Sportstat: January 14, 2019

Luka Doncic: Have we seen him before?

Back in 1986, there was a very popular song by Suzanne Vega titled “Luka.” The first few lines of the song went like this: “My name is Luka. I live on the second floor. I live upstairs from you. Yes I think you’ve seen me before.”

I mention this because one of the compelling stories from this NBA season has been the play of Dallas Mavericks rookie “wunderkid,” Luka Doncic. The 19-year-old (he won’t turn 20 until February 28) from Slovania, was the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Through the first half of this season, Doncic has been putting up some really impressive numbers for a rookie and seems to be the front-runner for this year’s Rookie of the Year Award. With his impressive skill set and overall game, in some circles, it might be said (unlike the song, “Luka,”) that we have not seen someone like him before.

Doncic leads the Mavs (through games of January 13) in points per game (20.2), and is second on the team in minutes played, rebounds per game (6.7) and assists per game (5.0). What makes these numbers all the more impressive is that if Doncic should finish the season with 20 points per game and five rebounds and five assists per game, he would join a very short list of rookies that have achieved these numbers.

Here’s a look at the four rookies in NBA history who averaged 20 points per game and had five rebounds and five assist per game in their rookie campaigns in the league:

Oscar Robertson, 1961, Cincinnati (30.5 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, 9.7 assists per game)

Michael Jordan, 1985, Chicago (28.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game)

LeBron James, 2004, Cleveland (20.9 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game)

Tyreke Evans, 2010, Sacramento (20.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 5.8 assists per game)

Robertson and Jordan are already in the Hall of Fame and James will certainly join them when he hangs up his sneakers. Evans? His name on the list might have surprised more than a few NBA fans.

In addition, Doncic is on pace to total more than 1,600 points in his rookie season. That has happened 39 times in league history. Since 2000, we have seen the following rookies top the 1,600-point mark in their first season: Elton Brand (Chicago-2010), LeBron James (Cleveland-2004), Carmelo Anthony (Denver-2004), Kevin Durant (Seattle-2008), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers-2011) and Donovan Mitchell (Utah-2018). Of the 39 rookies who had 1,600 or more points in their rookie campaigns, 21 are currently in the Hall of Fame, with others like James, Anthony, Griffin, Durant and Tim Duncan likely joining that group in the future.

Wilt Chamberlain tops the list of most points scored in a rookie season with 2,707. He is followed by Walt Bellamy (2,495). The Dallas Mavs team record for most points by a rookie is 1,732 held by Jay Vincent in 1982.

It’s still early in Luka Doncic’s career, but he appears headed to that upper echelon of NBA players

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 2, 2018

LeBron James put on another historic performance in Game One of the NBA Finals, but not all the news was positive.

First, James became the sixth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a playoff game yet his team lost that game. The others: Michael Jordan (it happened to him twice), Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Billy Cunningham and Russell Westbrook.

LeBron’s 51 points now ties him for second (with Allen and Westbrook) on the list for most points scored in a playoff game by a player whose team lost. Jordan tops that list with a 63-point performance in a 1986 playoff game against Boston that the Celtics won.

James became the first player in NBA Finals history to score 50 or more points in a Finals series game that his team lost. Teams that had a player score 50 or more points in a Finals game had gone 3-0 before James’ 2018 Finals Game One; teams are now 27-19 in playoff games when they have a player who scored 40 or more points.

If we combine both regular season and playoff contests, James became the ninth player in NBA history to have scored 50 or more points in three or more games that his team lost. As you might expect, Jordan tops this list with 10 such games.

Here are the players who have the most games with 50 or more points (regular season and playoff) where their team was defeated in that contest.

10: Michael Jordan

8: Kobe Bryant

7: Wilt Chamberlain

5: Allen Iverson

4: Bernard King

3: LeBron James, Bob McAdoo, Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: March 26, 2018

LeBron James last night became the third player in NBA history to have 2,000 or more points in 10 or more seasons. James joins Karl Malone (12 2,000-point seasons) and Michael Jordan (11 2,000-point seasons) on this exclusive list,.

It’s interesting to note that while James has amassed 10 2,000-point seasons since he came in the league in 2003-04, there are a handful of NBA franchises that have not had a 2,000-point scorer on their team in a very, very long time.

The Memphis Grizzlies franchise has not had a 2,000-point scorer in their career. The closest they got was in 1997-98 when Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 1,829 points, the franchise record.

Here is a look at the teams that have not had a 2,000-point scorer this century. (Current franchise city is noted.)

Last year with a 2,000-point scorer
Never: Memphis

1979-80: Los Angeles Clippers (World B. Free)

1989-90: Indiana (Reggie Miller)

1992-93: Atlanta (Dominique Wilkins)

1996-97: Charlotte (Glen Rice)

1996-97: Sacramento (Mitch Richmond)

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: January 6, 2018


Earlier this week (Monday, January 1, to be exact), Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan scored 52 points in his team’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan became the first opposing player to score 50 or more points against the Bucks since LeBron James tallied 55 in a February 20, 2009 game against the Bucks.

This was the 12th game in Bucks’ history that an opposing player scored 50 against Milwaukee. It has been done by 10 different players; both LeBron James and Michael Jordan scored 50 or more in a game twice against the Bucks. Utah’s Karl Malone holds the record for most points scored against the Bucks with 61. He scored 61 in 33 minutes in a game in 1990.

Here is a look at the 12 times in which an opponent scored 50 or more points against the Bucks in a contest.

61-Karl Malone, 1990
55-LeBron James, 2009
55-Jermaine O’Neal, 2005
54-Michael Adams, 1991
54-Allen Iverson, 2004
53-Dale Ellis, 1989
52-DeMar DeRozan, 2018
52-LeBron James, 2005
50-George Gervin, 1982
50-Allen Houston, 2003
50-Michael Jordan, 1987
50-Michael Jordan, 1989

The Bucks lost nine of the 12 games where an opponent scored 50-plus… seven of the games were played on the road, five in Milwaukee… the most points scored by an opponent in Milwaukee is 55 by LeBron James in 2009… the oldest opponent to tally 50 or more against the Bucks was Allen Houston at age 31 and 330 days.
 

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Today’s Sports Stat: December 23, 2017


Houston Rockets superstar James Harden had an interesting couple of games during the week prior to Christmas. Harden on Dec. 20 against the L.A. Lakers and Dec. 22 against the L.A. Clippers scored 51 points in both games. Pretty impressive, huh? Problem is, Harden’s Rockets lost both games.

Harden became the 15th player in NBA history to have two games or more games with 50 or more points scored where his team lost that game. It appears that having it happen twice in a span of three days is likely the shortest time in between such games in league history. Wilt Chamberlain had it happen to him twice in the span of four days in 1964; in fact, Wilt had three games where he scored 50 or more points and his team lost each game in a span of two weeks in that ’64 campaign.

Here are the players who have the most regular season games with 50+ points in a loss (Stats, cultivated from basketball-reference.com, go back to the 1963-64 season.)

8: Michael Jordan
7: Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain
5: Allen Iverson
4: Bernard King
3: Bob McAdoo, Dominique Wilkins
2: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tiny Archibald, Adrian Dantley, James Harden, LeBron James, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Redd, Russell Westbrook

 

 

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