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Carmelo Anthony: Five Comps

Taking into account player performance over the last two NBA seasons here are five guys who are roughly as valuable as Carmelo Anthony.  Numbers included are offense only so for the sake of this post defense is totally ignored.

These are players with similar shooting, rebounding, passing and ball control attributes to ‘Melo:

                  Adva
Player            ORB% AST% TOV%  TS%
Blake  Griffin      8.2 19.5 12.3 .578
Kevin  Love         9.0 19.6 10.2 .568
David  Lee          8.7 14.0 13.0 .563
Carmelo  Anthony    5.8 15.0  9.4 .561
Paul  Millsap       7.9 15.3 12.6 .547
Tim  Duncan         8.0 15.8 12.4 .545

NBA History: Shooting, Passing and Rebounding

Only four players in this NBA season have proven to be great shooters, good rebounders and good passers.

  • 58% True Shooting
  • 10% Total Rebound Rate
  • 20% Assist Rate
Advanced
Player TS% TRB% AST%
Nicolas Batum .590 11.1 20.8
Kevin Durant .638 10.9 26.6
LeBron James .649 11.5 31.9
Kevin Love .591 18.8 20.9

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 4/14/2014.

To put this in perspective only three players in the entire 1980’s accomplished this feat in any season.  They were Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.  Magic did it five times while Bird had four such seasons.

More Love for “McBob”

OK, so I’ve written a lot about Josh McRoberts this year.  But now that Joakim Noah is getting all this (well deserved) attention it’s my duty to promote the second best passing big man in the NBA.

Noah’s 25% assist rate this year is off the charts for a pivot man but the Bobcats main dish server is close behind at 22%.  This is about two points ahead of Kevin Love and nearly four ahead of Blake Griffin.

Also, McBob’s 4-to-1 assist/turnover rate is extremely helpful to Charlotte’s offense.  The Bobcats are +5 points/100 possessions with McRoberts on the court versus him riding the pine.  This is nearly the difference between the scoring attacks of the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76’ers.

Crushing the Defensive Glass

There have been forty-four games in the NBA this season where a single player grabbed at least fifteen defensive rebounds.  In the last two weeks there have been seven such performances.

Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins each have one 15+ defensive rebound game since March first.  Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum has three!

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.

Guys Who Should Stop Shooting Three’s

The table below “highlights” the worst 3-point shooters in the league this season, min. 50 attempts.

Totals

Shooting

Rk

Player

Tm

G

3P

3PA

FG%

3P%

1

Kevin Love

MIN

18

20

92

.352

.217

2

Monta Ellis

MIL

35

29

115

.399

.252

3

Jeremy Lin

HOU

38

32

116

.426

.276

4

Antawn Jamison

LAL

30

25

90

.443

.278

5

DeMar DeRozan

TOR

36

17

60

.439

.283

It may not matter anymore since LA is going nowhere but the variance in Jamison’s 2 & 3 point percentages is dramatic.  He attempts half of his 6 shots/game from behind the arc despite his awesome 59% 2 PT FG.

Jamison has shot 18 more three pointers than the Lakers most accurate shooter Chris Duhon while connecting on 4 fewer than their point guard.  This must drive Lakers fans nuts.

The other curious case is that of Jeremy Lin.  He’s boosted his three point attempts from 20% of his total shots last year with the Knicks to 30% now in Houston.

Lin is still super when he’s getting to the basket but his jump shot has been nearly non-existent this year. He thrived last year from 10 feet out to the 3 point line, making 48% of these attempts.  This year he is making only 36% of his mid-range jumpers.  For comparison, Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson connects on 42% of his mid-range attempts.