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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

NBA Leaderboard, Part II

There have been some changes at the top in the NBA since I posted Part I; see the notes in each category for further details.

Best Five Records
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1) Utah Jazz, 15-4
2) Orlando Magic, 14-5
3) San Antonio Spurs, 13-5
4-5) L.A. Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, 12-5

Cleveland and New Orleans have slipped from this group since Part I, while the Dallas Mavericks vaulted into the top five with a 12 game winning streak after starting the season 0-4.

Top Five Scorers (and a few other notables...)
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1) Carmelo Anthony, DEN 32.2 ppg
2) Allen Iverson, PHI 31.6 ppg
3) Michael Redd, MIL 29.6 ppg
4) Joe Johnson, ATL 28.3 ppg
5) Vince Carter, NJN 27.7 ppg
6) LeBron James, CLE 27.4 ppg
7) Dwyane Wade, MIA 27.3 ppg
8) Gilbert Arenas, WSH 26.1 ppg
9) Kobe Bryant, LAL 26.1 ppg

Anthony is still on top, Iverson and Redd switched places and Joe Johnson moved up one spot. Vince Carter is quietly having the highest scoring season of his career. As expected, LeBron and Wade are knocking on the door to the top five, while Bryant's 52 point game moved him into the top ten; he sprained his ankle on Monday night and only scored 21 points, so it remains to be seen how much that injury will affect his availability and scoring totals in upcoming games.

Top Five Rebounders (and a few other notables)
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1) Dwight Howard, ORL 13.5 rpg
2) Chris Bosh, TOR 12.2 rpg
3) Carlos Boozer, UTA 12.2 rpg
4) Tyson Chandler, NOK 12.2 rpg
5) Kevin Garnett, MIN 11.9 rpg

7) Tim Duncan, SAS 11.0 rpg

14) Yao Ming, HOU 9.8 rpg

21) Ben Wallace, CHI 8.8 rpg

The top five is the same except for Chandler replacing Emeka Okafor, who dropped to eighth. Duncan has maintained his position, while Yao and Wallace are both dropping. Howard's average declined slightly, but his lead over Bosh increased.

Top Five Playmakers
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1) Steve Nash, PHX 10.8 apg
2) Jason Kidd, NJN, 9.4 apg
3) Andre Miller, DEN 9.3 apg
4) Chris Paul, NOK, 9.2 apg
5) Deron Williams, UTA 8.9 apg

The top five has remained the same, but the order has changed. Nash retains the top position, while Kidd increased his average by nearly 1 apg and moved up from fifth to second. "Starbury" still ranks 27th.

Note: All statistics are from NBA.com.

posted by David Friedman @ 6:43 AM

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