Reggie Evans, Wow!

The Brooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans accomplished something totally historic this year.  His 38% Defensive Rebound Percentage is the highest in NBA history.

Unfortunately we don’t have Off/Def rebound breakdowns for Bill Russell.  The Celtics great may very well have the all-time DRB% record, perhaps one day we will find the answer.

Here is the top-20 Def Reb Pct in a single season since 1974 when the NBA began tracking D. Rebounds:

Totals

Rk

Player

Season

Tm

G

DRB

DRB%

1

Reggie Evans

2012-13

BRK

80

628

38.0

2

Dennis Rodman*

1994-95

SAS

49

549

37.8

3

Dennis Rodman*

1992-93

DET

62

765

36.8

4

Marcus Camby

2010-11

POR

59

424

35.2

5

Ben Wallace

2002-03

DET

73

833

34.9

6

Reggie Evans

2010-11

TOR

30

226

34.4

7

Kevin Love

2010-11

MIN

73

782

34.2

8

Bill Walton*

1977-78

POR

58

648

34.2

9

Dennis Rodman*

1991-92

DET

82

1007

34.1

10

Swen Nater

1979-80

SDC

81

864

33.8

11

Alton Lister

1995-96

TOT

64

213

33.6

12

Marcus Camby

2005-06

DEN

56

536

33.3

13

Dennis Rodman*

1995-96

CHI

64

596

33.2

14

Dwight Howard

2011-12

ORL

54

585

33.1

15

Joel Przybilla

2008-09

POR

82

513

33.1

16

Dennis Rodman*

1993-94

SAS

79

914

32.8

17

Marcus Camby

2008-09

LAC

62

529

32.7

18

Marcus Camby

2011-12

TOT

59

373

32.7

19

Bill Walton*

1975-76

POR

51

549

32.4

20

Bill Walton*

1976-77

POR

65

723

32.3

Evans and Dennis Rodman have 4 of the top-6 all-time Defensive Rebounding seasons.  Hats off to the Nets for picking up Evans.

The Craig Hodges Game

Twenty-seven years ago today the Milwaukee Bucks handed the New Jersey Nets a game one defeat in the opening playoff round.  The Bucks sharpshooter Craig Hodges was “enfuego”*.

In just 30 minutes of floor time Hodges scored 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting.  Don Nelson‘s Bucks went on to win the series and their next before losing to the 1986 world champs Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

Though don’t feel bad for Craig, he would get two championship rings with the Chicago Bulls and this….

*courtesy Dan Patrick

Scoring, How We Love Thee

Exactly 10 players have scored 1,500 points in the 2013 NBA season.  Ranked by True Shooting Percentage we can see a few interesting outliers.

The much improved 56% posted by volume scoring champ Carmelo Anthony should be favored by Knickerbocker fans.

Totals

Rk

Player

Tm

G

PTS

TS%

1

Kevin Durant

OKC

81

2280

.647

2

LeBron James

MIA

76

2036

.640

3

James Harden

HOU

77

1993

.602

4

Stephen Curry

GSW

77

1771

.590

5

Kobe Bryant

LAL

78

2133

.570

6

Carmelo Anthony

NYK

67

1920

.560

7

Damian Lillard

POR

80

1529

.546

8

Russell Westbrook

OKC

81

1899

.533

9

LaMarcus Aldridge

POR

73

1530

.529

10

Monta Ellis

MIL

81

1575

.493

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/16/2013.

Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris or Jeff Teague?

The Atlanta Hawks strength is their defense.  The second place Hawks arw led by their big guys Josh Smith and Al Horford but they are a solid all-around defensive team.  This post will focus on their point guards.

Jeff Teague plays 33 minutes/game compared to just 25 minutes for backup Devin Harris.  Should this be the case?

Jeff Teague shoots and allows opposing point guards a 50% effective Field Goal Percentage.   Teague who ranks 8th in the NBA in steals forces his opposition point into 3.6 turnovers/game.

Devin Harris shoots 53% eFG as a point guard and allows just 48% eFG.  Harris is a better shooter than Teague and is a little better at preventing made baskets by opposing PGs.  Teague has a slight advantage in free throws made.  He has improved a lot at the foul line this season (2.6 FTM/game and 88% FT Pct).

Back to the defensive end, Harris forces 4.4 turnovers/game.  The former 5th overall draft pick also out-rebounds the starter Teague.

So far it seems that coach Drew could consider a switch for the playoff run.  Let’s check their on/off stats to be sure.

Team Points Scored/100 Possessions: Harris 108, Teague 106

Team Points Allowed/100 Possessions: Harris 102, Teague 105.

I will admit that Teague being 5 years younger has more long-run upside than Harris but if the Hawks want to win a playoff series or two this year they may want get Devin Harris on the court some more.

How I Love My Wizards, and John Wall

The Washington Wizards are my team to watch for the next 3 years.  The next OKC Thunder.

This season, point guard John Wall is posting a career high for scoring at nearly 20 points/36 minutes.

He ranks above some big names in scoring…

Totals

Player

Tm

G

TS%

PTS

Russell Westbrook

OKC

74

.531

23.6

Tony Parker

SAS

62

.593

22.7

Stephen Curry

GSW

70

.587

21.3

John Wall

WAS

41

.528

19.7

Nate Robinson

CHI

73

.538

18.3

Chris Paul

LAC

63

.596

18.2

Kemba Walker

CHA

74

.516

18.2

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/3/2013.

The Emergence of Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards 19-year old rookie Bradley Beal has been “on fire“* as of late.

First 42 games average:

39% FG, 36% 3PT FG, 79% FT, 13 Points

Last 13 games average:

49% FG, 48% 3PT FG, 80% FT, 18 Points

Beal has been shooting better in the past few months than he had during his only year at the University of Florida.  This is legitimate improvement that should excite Wizards fans.

*courtesy Marv Albert