Bradley Beal is Lighting Up The League


Third overall draft pick Bradley Beal has been on a tear during the last 6 weeks.  The rookie two-guard is averaging 16 points/game and shooting a scorching 51% from three-point land over his last 22 games played.  The Washington Wizards are a solid 12-10 during this time.

According to 82games.com the Wizards 5-Man unit of John Wall, Beal, Martell Webster, Nene and Emeka Okafor have been a sensational +60 points this year.  They are essentially playing on a pace with the Heat and Thunder.

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Jose Calderon is an Elite Point Guard

Many of us haven’t noticed but new Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon is entering an elite class of point guards.  He’s working on his third season of 10 PPG, 7 APG & 60% True Shooting.

Only 4 players in NBA history have had more than three such seasons combining passing and scoring efficiency at this level.

Rk

Player

From

To

Tm

Lg

Count

1

Steve Nash

2001

2013

TOT

NBA

11

2

John Stockton*

1988

2002

UTA

NBA

11

3

Magic Johnson*

1980

1991

LAL

NBA

9

4

Mark Price

1989

1993

CLE

NBA

4

5

Jose Calderon

2008

2013

TOT

NBA

3

6

Kevin Johnson

1991

1997

PHO

NBA

3

7

LeBron James

2010

2013

TOT

NBA

2

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/24/2013.

Awesome Scoring, Shooting and Passing

NBA players with seasons averaging:

  • 20 points/game
  • 7 assists/game
  • 59% True Shooting
  • First 3 pro seasons only

Here is the very exclusive list…

Per Game

Rk

Player

Season

Age

Tm

PTS

AST

TS%

1

Kevin Johnson

1988-89

22

PHO

20.4

12.2

.597

2

Anfernee Hardaway

1994-95

23

ORL

20.9

7.2

.599

3

Anfernee Hardaway

1995-96

24

ORL

21.7

7.1

.605

 

Byron Mullens imitating Bill Laimbeer

Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens had a really unique and awesome game last night in their win over Boston.  The Ohio State product became the first true center since Bill Laimbeer in 1990 to make four 3-pointers and haul in 18 rebounds in a single game.

Here is the full list of four 3-PT FGM & 18 REB games since 1986:

Rk

Player

Age

Pos

Date

Tm

Opp

3P

3PA

TRB

PTS

1

Bill Laimbeer

32-252

C

1990-01-26

DET

PHO

5

8

23

31

2

Charles Barkley

29-282

F

1992-11-28

PHO

@

GSW

4

8

18

28

3

Raef LaFrentz

24-324

F-C

2001-04-18

DEN

SAC

5

8

20

32

4

Rashard Lewis

22-089

F

2001-11-05

SEA

@

ORL

5

8

19

36

5

Antoine Walker

25-094

F

2001-11-14

BOS

IND

4

12

18

24

6

Dirk Nowitzki

24-270

F

2003-03-16

DAL

@

SAC

6

10

18

34

7

Shawn Marion

26-233

F

2004-12-26

PHO

TOR

4

7

18

18

8

LeBron James

20-105

F-G

2005-04-14

CLE

NYK

4

13

18

27

9

Shawn Marion

27-221

F

2005-12-14

PHO

@

DAL

4

6

19

23

10

Troy Murphy

28-222

F

2008-12-10

IND

@

TOR

4

8

20

20

11

Troy Murphy

28-303

F

2009-03-01

IND

DEN

4

7

18

22

12

Kevin Love

22-088

F

2010-12-04

MIN

CLE

5

5

19

28

13

Kevin Durant

22-119

F

2011-01-26

OKC

@

MIN

4

8

18

47

14

Kevin Love

23-203

F

2012-03-28

MIN

@

CHA

4

7

19

40

15

Byron Mullens

23-363

C

2013-02-11

CHA

BOS

4

5

18

25

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/12/2013.

Curious Case of Charlie Villanueva

Since the 3-point line came to the NBA in 1979 only three players have shot a higher percentage from three point land than the foul line.  Charlie Villanueva of this year’s Detroit Pistons is one of them.

Charlie  Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons. Fro...
Charlie Villanueva Having An Interesting Shooting Season (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check out the ridiculous stats below.

Totals

Shooting

Rk

Player

Season

Age

Tm

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

FG%

3P%

FT%

1

Bruce Bowen

2002-03

31

SAS

101

229

36

89

.466

.441

.404

5

Ken Norman

1995-96

31

ATL

33

84

17

48

.465

.393

.354

6

Charlie Villanueva

2012-13

28

DET

63

164

10

27

.411

.384

.370

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/9/2013.

Samuel Dalembert: NBA Legend

The Milwaukee Bucks loss in Denver last night was marked by two halves. In the first 24 minutes Milwaukee outscored Denver by 15 points.  The Nuggets turned on their game in the final half scoring 23 more points than the visitors.

Denver’s Ty Lawson made 9 of 11 from the charity stripe while Wilson Chandler cleaned up on the glass with 10 rebounds.  The Bucks back-court of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis were held in check by the Nuggets garnering just 24 points combined while using 36 shot attempts.

But the real story in the loss was Bucks center Samuel Dalembert.  The big guy exploded for 35 points on 17-21 from the field in just 27 minutes played.  If he had played 40 minutes he would have scored fifty!

The offense really came out of nowhere as Dalembert averages 8 points/game in his career with a previous single game high of 27 points.

Having some fun with the Basketball-Reference Play Index tool we learn a few cool facts about his performance in Denver.

  1. Only 3 players since 1986 have made 17 field goals while attempting fewer than 21 shots in a game.
  2. The last NBA player to go 17-21 from the floor in a game was Amare Stoudemire 2 years ago today.
  3. Dalembert is the first player since Rik Smits in 1994 to make 17 field goals  in a game while playing fewer than 28 minutes.

Legend may be a bit too strong but Samuel Dalembert now has a few lines in the NBA history book.