James Feeding The Corner

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – In addition to surpassing the 20,000-point mark in Wednesday’s win at Golden State, LeBron James became the 55th player in NBA history to eclipse the 5,000-assist mark. James is one of only 13 players with both 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.

Through Wednesday, James ranks 10th in the league with 6.9 assists per game, and is the only non-point guard in the top 20. But he does rank No. 1 in one important category: assists on 3-pointers. And what’s interesting is that, among the 20 players who have assisted on the most 3s, James is the only one who has assisted on more corner 3s than above-the-break 3s.

Corner 3s, we know, are more efficient shots than 3s from above the break. This season, the league is shooting corner treys at 38.4 percent (1.15 points per attempt) and above-the-break 3s at 35.0 percent (1.05 points per attempt). In fact, corner 3s are barely less efficient than shots from the restricted area (1.17 points per attempt).

Most assists on 3-pointers, 2012-13

Player Corner Above break Total
LeBron James 53 44 97
Tony Parker 37 56 93
Jrue Holiday 38 54 92
Greivis Vasquez 15 74 89
Raymond Felton 24 60 84
Chris Paul 34 48 82
Ty Lawson 25 56 81
James Harden 34 46 80
Damian Lillard 29 49 78
Jeremy Lin 22 55 77

James already has more assists on corner 3-pointers than he did all of last season (37). But, even at his pace of 1.4 assists on corner treys per game, he won’t match the 130 assists on corner 3s (to eight different teammates) that he had in 2008-09 with the Cavs. That was, by far, the most assists on corner 3s in a season since shot location started being tracked in 1996-97.

Most assists on corner 3-pointers, single season

Season Player AST
2008-09 LeBron James 130
2004-05 Steve Nash 113
2009-10 LeBron James 104
2007-08 Chris Paul 103
2008-09 Chris Paul 102
2002-03 Stephon Marbury 100
2007-08 LeBron James 93
2007-08 Hedo Turkoglu 92
2005-06 Steve Nash 91
2005-06 Tony Parker 91

Since 1996-97

This season, James has assisted eight different teammates on 3-pointers, led by 27 assists on Shane Battier 3s, with 21 of those 27 have coming from the corner. Overall, the teammate James has assisted most is Chris Bosh, who has received 63 dimes from the reigning MVP.

That pales in comparison to the number of assists Kevin Durant has received from Russell Westbrook. The Thunder pair leads the league in assists from one teammate to another.

Most assists from teammate to teammate, 2012-13

Scorer Assisted by AST
Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook 121
Blake Griffin Chris Paul 116
Serge Ibaka Russell Westbrook 92
Paul Pierce Rajon Rondo 91
David Lee Stephen Curry 89
Tim Duncan Tony Parker 87
Brook Lopez Deron Williams 86
Thaddeus Young Jrue Holiday 86
Kevin Garnett Rajon Rondo 85
Anthony Davis Greivis Vasquez 72

The Paul-to-Griffin combination was right on pace with Westbrook-Durant until Paul missed the last two games with a bruised right kneecap. Paul still easily leads the league on assists in the restricted area, however, with 77 of his 180 going to Griffin.

Most assists on shots in the restricted area, 2012-13

Player AST
Chris Paul 180
Andre Miller 166
Greivis Vasquez 158
Russell Westbrook 153
Rajon Rondo 145
Ty Lawson 135
Deron Williams 133
Jeremy Lin 131
Andre Iguodala 122
Jose Calderon 122

So how does Rajon Rondo lead the league in assists per game? A whole lot of mid-range jumpers from his teammates. Of Rondo’s 368 assists, 130 have come on shots from between the paint and the 3-point line. That’s 40 more than any other player in the league.

Most assists on shots from mid-range, 2012-13

Player AST
Rajon Rondo 130
Jose Calderon 90
Goran Dragic 90
Russell Westbrook 84
Kirk Hinrich 84
Jrue Holiday 82
Damian Lillard 82
Chris Paul 76
Mike Conley 70
Tony Parker 69

 

22 Comments

  1. Sit back & watch the Celts greatness get another ring this year!!!
    GREENALLDAY18BANNER18′sACOMIN”13

  2. mj06141994 says:

    Everytime something good is said about Lebron, someone has to downplay him he’s legit trash. Have you heard of the myth that would be Michael Beasley?

  3. mj06141994 says:

    Everytime someone says something good about Lebron, someone else has to downplay him like he’s legit trash. Have you heard of Michael Beasley

  4. JMaine says:

    it’s funny how the haters say the dumbest things that hold no factual water. the numbers tell you how the man plays and you haters diced to pull some ish out you rears. LBJ has play this game with more pressure then any player to play this game has and lived up to the hype. he has been the face of the NBA for years and no one realizes it. Here is proof, all y’all haters still pay enough attention to what he dose to leave bumb comments on articles about him. I’ll enjoy watching greatness wither i like the player or not because it’s his game that matters to me not the person cause at the end of the day he has not changed my life beside give me something entertaining to kill time.

    • bigwes95 says:

      good comment. if people didn’t care so much about one player they wouldn’t be going out of their way to see everything they do. and people really should just watch him play the game. he doesn’t even have to try that hard to take over a game, and when he does try or has to, look what he did to the celtics, pacers, and thunder in the play-offs. and you’re right, he is the most hyped, pressured, and taunted player this league has even seen, and no one else even comes close. just watch the video “lebron james Recognize” on youtube and it is the best video of what he’s been through. i say to just sit back, relax, and watch greatness unfold. :)

    • OKC kind of guy says:

      although i dont like Lebron that much, me being an OKC kind of guy, people still need to give credit to where credit is due. He is statistically and athletically amazing, and I believe he can still go a long ways. Watch out for KD though. :D

  5. theholyspectator says:

    king james is a beast…dont matter if your a hater or not, credit is given where credit is due..and lbj deserves all the credit..i bet all the haters if were asked to come up with an all nba star team and had the choice of choosing any player in the league the first person would be “lebron james” ,,,,,simply put, lebron is the best basketball player right now period..if you wanna win a game you pick him…

  6. KingLBjBoy says:

    @dj rgm9 do u know how to play Ball? LBJ is a great man not like u lol

  7. KingLBjBoy says:

    Overrated ??? Are you Blind?lol 20k 5k 5k Stat don’t lie Durant cannot make all of that stat Men ^^

  8. dj rgm9 says:

    A lot ‘fake bandwagoners’ posting about ‘how many mvp’s’players should have know nothing about b.ball,just some ‘media attention price’ no real vallue!!! just only important for some ‘statistic kid’s’!
    Rings are the real matter that counts,rings…baby!!!

    • BallFann says:

      @dj rgm9 If rings are all that matter then Jordan, Kobe, Bird, Magic, Kareem, Hakeem etc. are all worse than Bill Russell. How bout Jordan goes and get’s 5 more rings and then we’ll talk about him being great ;) Don’t be a fool just cause you dislike Lebron. Rings matter but there’s a lot more to being great than just rings

    • uoykcuf says:

      I guess Horry is greater than Jordan in this way. heck, even matt bonner is better than ewing and barkley altogether.

  9. Beverly says:

    Congrats to;

    “THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN BASKETBALL BUSINESS”.

  10. dj rgm9 says:

    I hope they keep especialy playing on three’s,you can’t rely only spacing three’s without ‘real big men’,some defence,buying referee’s&flopping to repeat this season!!!The NBA has changed already,i doubt strongly that the cHEATer’s gonna repeat this year !!!Come on bandwagoners spit some more hate about the Lakers!!!

  11. Patty says:

    LEBRON JAMES IS OVERATED.