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Thursday, November 23, 2006

NBA Leaderboard Heading into Thanksgiving

As you settle in for some Thanksgiving turkey, feast your eyes on some of the individual and team leaders for the 2006-07 NBA season. If your favorite team or player is doing worse (or better) than you hoped/expected, just remember: there are about 70 more games to go.

Best Five Records

1) Utah Jazz, 10-1
2) San Antonio Spurs, 10-2
3) L.A. Lakers, 8-3
4-7) Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Houston Rockets, 8-4

This looks like that old children's quiz that begins "Which one of these doesn't belong in the picture?" If you are looking for last year's Finalists, Dallas is on the cusp (7-4), Miami is...not so much (4-7 and resembling the vessel in Micheal Ray Richardson's classic quote: "The ship be sinking." Even better was his reply to the question how far it could sink: "Sky's the limit.").

Top Five Scorers (and a few other notables...)

1) Carmelo Anthony, DEN 30.8 ppg
2) Michael Redd, MIL 29.5 ppg
3) Allen Iverson, PHI 28.7 ppg
4) Gilbert Arenas, WAS 28.5 ppg
5) Joe Johnson, ATL 28.0 ppg

8-9) LeBron James, CLE and Dwyane Wade, MIA 27.4 ppg

14) Kobe Bryant, LAL 24.0 ppg

LeBron and Wade will be in the top five by Christmas and Kobe will be in the top ten by that point, if not sooner.

Top Five Rebounders (and a few other notables)

1) Dwight Howard, ORL 14.1 rpg
2) Chris Bosh, TOR 12.7 rpg
3) Carlos Boozer, UTA 12.6 rpg
4-5) Kevin Garnett, MIN and Emeka Okafor, CHA 12.0 rpg

7) Tim Duncan, SAS 11.4 rpg

11-12) Ben Wallace, CHI and Yao Ming, HOU 10.3 rpg

Howard seems poised to win the first of many rebounding titles. I don't think that Boozer will be number three by season's end. Ranking 11-12 is good for Yao, not so great for Big Ben.

Top Five Playmakers

1) Steve Nash, PHX 11.4 apg
2) Chris Paul, NOK 9.4 apg
3) Andre Miller, DEN 9.0 apg
4) Deron Williams, UTA 8.9 apg
5) Jason Kidd, NJN 8.5 apg

Somebody please show this to Charles Barkley so he will stop saying that Andre Miller is not a point guard. "Starbury" ranks 27th, .1 apg ahead of noted playmaker Ricky Davis.

Note: All statistics are from NBA.com; some of the late Wednesday games are not included in these numbers.

posted by David Friedman @ 12:30 AM



At Friday, November 24, 2006 1:31:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

What does Barkley know?
And Micheal Ray was my favorite player growing up. He was unbelievable. Its a shame what that coke did to him.

At Friday, November 24, 2006 2:00:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Barkley's in the HoF, so he knows something, but what I don't understand is why he keeps saying that Denver needs a point guard because Miller is a "2." Miller led the league in assists once and is usually among the league leaders. Denver needs a lot of things, but point guard is not at the top of the list.

"Sugar" was incredible. He played a big part in the Nets' upset of the defending champion 76ers in '84. Within two years after that he was banned for life from the NBA because of his drug abuse.

At Friday, November 24, 2006 2:23:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

I know hes in the Hall, David, but he says a lot of bs.

I like Utah's team a lot too. I know he has no titles, but Sloan is one of the most underrated coaches Ive seen in sports. Ive never seen a Jazz team that didnt play hard. Thats a tribute to him. The only bad regular season he had was last year.


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