10 Definitely Interesting, Possibly Helpful NBA Notes for January 20, 2015
Every day while doing NBA DFS research, I invariably stumble across some unexpected nuggets of information that are occasionally helpful, but always interesting in one way or another. Here are 10 for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
2. In 32 games this year, DeMarcus Cousins has attempted 122 three-pointers this year, 99 more than he attempted all of last year and 52 more than he’s attempted in the rest of his career (five full seasons) combined. He’s never attempted more than .3 three-pointers per game, until this year, when he’s averaging 3.8. And he hasn’t been bad – Cousins’ 33.9% from beyond the arc is just a tick off the league average mark of 35.1%.
3. In his last start against the Rockets (November 30th of last year), Andre Drummond needed only 27 minutes to put up 56 FanDuel points (24 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks). It was the second-highest FanDuel point-per-minute performance of the year, topped only by Stephen Curry, who on Halloween lit up the Pelicans for 77 points on just over 35 minutes.
4. Remember the days that we had reservations about playing Dwight Howard because of potential minutes restrictions? Those days are gone. Through eight games in January, Howard has logged 37.5 minutes per game, most in the NBA among centers and sixth-most overall – the old man understandably trails a group of spry twenty-somethings in Kyle Lowry (39.7 minutes per game), Jimmy Butler (39.2), Brandon Knight (38.9), Khris Middleton (38.5), and Nicolas Batum (38.1). The last time Howard finished a month with more than a 37.5 minutes per game average was when in April 2013, when he was a member of the Lakers.
6. Ish Smith is increasingly being relied upon for offense in Philadelphia. His top three career games, in terms of shots attempted, have all come since January 9th, and he has four games in the month of January with 20+ field goal attempts. He’s with Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Klay Thompson, and John Wall for third-most such games this month. The only players in the league who have taken 20+ shots in more games than Smith this month are DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry, and Kemba Walker, who all have five such games.
7. Andrew Wiggins is allergic to peripheral stats. The second-year player has scored 20+ points but had fewer than 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 12 different games this year. That’s the most such games by any player this year. J.J. Redick (11 such games), Klay Thompson (8), Lou Williams (7), and Avery Bradley and Eric Gordon (tied with 6 games each) round out the top five.
8. Against the NBA’s best point guard defense (and just days after, in this column, I so sagely proclaimed the Celtics the equivalent of the Spurs against PGs), John Wall put up a line of 36 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists, and 7 steals. Nobody in NBA history has matched or exceeded that stat line.
9. Of course this is hypothetical, but had DFS existed all throughout NBA history, Wall’s 73.9 FanDuel points against the Celtics would have been most FanDuel points scored by a point guard against Boston in franchise history. But not by much. On April 9, 1993, a certain point guard put up 43 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 5 steals en route to 72.6 FanDuel points. That point guard was Isaiah Thomas, Sr., father of Wall’s Wednesday counterpart, Isaiah Thomas II.
10. Last night, Tyler Johnson was the death knell for anyone with aspirations of finishing near the top of a GPP, as he became the 10th player this year to log 34+ minutes yet manage fewer than 11 FanDuel points. In order of occurrence, the players who have accomplished this ignominious feat are as follows: Nicolas Batum, Randy Foye, Trevor Ariza, Austin Rivers, Jared Cunningham, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and one other player, who is the only player to do it twice this year. Take a guess in the comments thread! (And I’ll give you a hint – he’s actually not a bad player).
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Research for this blog was pulled from NBA.com, ESPN.com, Basketball Reference, StatMuse, RotoWire, and RotoGrinders’ own player pages.
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