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.

1. Since 2013-2014, Stephen Curry has 70 games of 5+ three-pointers, more than double the next-highest player, teammate Klay Thompson, who has 33 such games.

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.

5. Over the past five games, Dwight Howard and Hassan Whiteside are both tied for the league-lead in FanDuel points per game by centers with 43.4.

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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  • FunkyCold007

    “That point guard was Isaiah Thomas, Sr., father of Wall’s Wednesday counterpart, Isaiah Thomas II.”

    Do you really think that Isaiah Thomas from the Celtics is the son of hall of famer Isiah Thomas from the Pistons? Or am I reading this wrong?

  • gjiu

    Great article as always and I’m gonna say eric gordon but u named 7 players plus tyler Johnson and the unknown player makes 9 total players

  • mewhitenoise

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    @FunkyCold007 – Ha! I’m an idiot. I guess I should’ve noticed the different spellings. I guess these are the gaffes that happen when you start watching NBA again for the first time in 10 years.

    Probably the most embarrassing error I’ve ever made in this column.

  • mewhitenoise

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    Looks like I’ve got my first interesting fact for the next blog – “Isiah Thomas and Isaiah Thomas II – not related.”

  • Jabesblog

    The mystery player is none other than Isaiah Thomas II brother, I mean backcourt mate, Avery Bradley.

  • mewhitenoise

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    @Jabesblog…you are correct. And according to Wikipedia (which has all the best information), Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas II are, in fact, not related either.

  • FunkyCold007

    @mewhitenoise said...

    Looks like I’ve got my first interesting fact for the next blog – “Isiah Thomas and Isaiah Thomas II – not related.”

    Haha, good stuff!
    I am not positive but I think the “IT2” handle/nickname stems from him being the 2nd player in the NBA with that name (even though spelled differently).

    Has nothing to do with his real name, being the 2nd or his father’s name.

    I’m just glad he’s with the Celts, because he’s filthy and should be on the all-star team. He’s 5’10” and he’s un-coverable.

  • KillaChap

    Wait, they aren’t father/son? Wow. Mind officially blown (and I’m not being facetious.)

  • mewhitenoise

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    @KillaChap – Thanks for reading. And it’s good to know I’m not the only one.

  • FunkyCold007

    @KillaChap said...

    Wait, they aren’t father/son? Wow. Mind officially blown (and I’m not being facetious.)

    Haha, straight from WikiPedia below (and if it’s on WikiPedia, it HAS to be true!)…

    “Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas when his father, James, bet his friend that his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, would defeat the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals (which the Pistons won in a four-game sweep).”

    Got his name after his father lost a bet!!! If you can believe that, A fuckin bet! Again this is on WikiPedia, sooooooo it’s GOTTA be true, lol…

    “Even though the younger Thomas ended up being born months before the Finals took place, James had already warmed to the name. However, his mother, Tina insisted on spelling it ‘Isaiah’, as she desired a biblical name.”

    There you have it! Your NBA history lesson of the day!

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