HOUSTON – NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and it’s time to take a break from the condensed schedule to celebrate the best basketball players in the world. Before we get to Sunday’s game (8 p.m. ET, TNT), we’ll dig deep into each All-Star’s first-half statistics.
You already know the basics (scoring, rebounding, etc). So here are some noteworthy, below-the-surface numbers regarding each of the 13 Eastern Conference All-Stars, coming from the new NBA.com/stats site. Click on the nuggets below to go into even more detail.
All stats are through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Minimum requirements were set at 100 field-goal attempts for shooting stats, 500 minutes for non-shooting stats and 100 minutes for lineup data, unless otherwise noted.
Dwyane Wade, G, Miami
- Shooting 67.4 percent from the restricted area, second among guards, behind only Andre Iguodala.
- His on-court NetRtg (team point differential per 100 possessions) has increased each of the last five seasons.
- Ranks seventh in the league in usage rate, using 29.1 percent of the Heat’s possessions when he’s on the floor. That’s his lowest usage rate since his rookie season.
Carmelo Anthony, F, New York
- Leads the league in usage rate, using 34.1 percent of the Knicks’ possessions (via field-goal attempts, free-throw attempts, assists and turnovers).
- Part of the league’s best offensive lineup (minimum 100 minutes). Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Anthony and Chandler have scored 122.5 points per 100 possessions in 189 minutes.
- His 3-point percentage has regressed each month of the season, from 44.0 percent in November to 35.8 percent in February.
LeBron James, F, Miami
- The Heat have outscored their opponents by 12.0 points per 100 possessions with James on the floor, but have been outscored by 5.2 with him on the bench. That 17.2 point differential is the largest in the league.
- Leads the league in field-goal percentage (77.2 percent) in the restricted area.
- Leads the league with 36 clutch-time assists.
Kevin Garnett, C, Boston
- The Celtics’ defense has allowed 95.6 points per 100 possessions with Garnett on the floor and 104.8 with him on the bench. That 9.3 difference on defense is the second largest in the league, behind only the Clippers’ Lamar Odom.
- Has been assisted on 78.0 percent of his field goals, the highest ratio among All-Stars
- Has attempted 58.9 percent of his shots from outside the paint in each of his last two seasons, a higher rate than he had ever shot.
Chris Bosh, F, Miami
- Leads the league in mid-range field-goal percentage. He is shooting 52.5 percent from between the paint and the 3-point line after shooting 42.6 percent in each of his first two seasons in Miami.
- Has shot 18-for-21 (86 percent) in clutch time, easily the highest percentage among players who have attempted at least 10 clutch-time field goals.
- Having the most efficient scoring season of his career, with a true shooting percentage of 60.9 percent.
Tyson Chandler, C, New York
- Has attempted 91.5 percent of his shots from the restricted area, highest among All-Stars.
- Leads the league in effective field-goal percentage at 67.3 percent.
- The Knicks have scored 118.1 points per 100 possessions in 178 minutes with Anthony, Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire on the floor together.
Luol Deng, F, Chicago
- The Bulls are 11-2 when he scores more than 20 points.
- Shot 14-for-32 (44 percent) from 3-point range in January, but has shot just 4-for-23 (17 percent) in February.
- His effective field-goal percentage of 45.5 percent is lowest among All-Stars.
Paul George, F, Indiana
- Ranks third in the league with 11 clutch-time 3-pointers.
- Part of the league’s most-used lineup. Indiana’s starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, George, David West and Roy Hibbert — have played 837 minutes together.
- The Pacers have outscored their opponents by 6.6 points per 100 possessions with George on the floor, but have been outscored by 4.0 with him on the bench. That NetRtg difference of 10.4 ranks 14th in the league and third among All-Stars, behind only James and Wade.
Jrue Holiday, G, Philadelphia
- Has been assisted on only 24.2 percent of his shots, the third-lowest rate among All-Stars.
- Ranks 16th in usage rate, and has the highest assist rate (28.3 assists per 100 possessions used) of the top 25.
- His free-throw rate (18.7 free throw attempts per 100 field-goal attempts) is lowest among All-Stars.
Kyrie Irving, G, Cleveland
- Leads the league in clutch-time usage rate, using 52.0 percent of the Cavs possessions in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.
- Leads the league with 32 points scored (on 11-for-17 shooting) in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime, with a score differential of three points or less.
- Has lowest on-court NetRtg among All-Stars. The Cavs have been outscored by 4.1 points per 100 possessions with Irving on the floor.
Brook Lopez, C, Brooklyn
- Part of the league’s best first-quarter lineup (minimum 50 minutes). The Nets’ lineup of Deron Williams, Keith Bogans, Joe Johnson, Kris Humphries and Lopez has outscored its opponents by 43.8 points in 56 first-quarter minutes.
- Ranks eighth in the league in usage rate. And of the top 25 in usage rate (and of all 25 All-Stars), he ranks last in assist rate, assisting on only 4.6 percent of his possessions. That’s also the lowest assist rate of his career.
- Has been assisted on 217 (62.7 percent) of his 346 field goals, with 119 of those assists coming from Deron Williams.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago
- Part of the league’s second-most effective lineup (minimum 100 minutes). The Bulls’ lineup of Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Noah has outscored its opponents by 26.7 points per 100 possessions in 106 minutes together.
- Has shot 48 percent on zero days or one day of rest, and just 41 percent with two or more days of rest.
- Has assisted on 22.3 percent of his possessions, the highest assist rate among All-Star forwards and centers (including LeBron James).
Rajon Rondo, G, Boston
- Ranks sixth in the league and first among All-Stars in assist ratio, recording assists on 39.1 percent of his possessions
- Shot 48.0 percent from mid-range this year after shooting 39.4 percent from there in his first six seasons. He’s out for the year after tearing a ligament in his knee.
- One of three All-Stars (Deng and James Harden are the other two) whose team has been better with him off the court than on the court. The Celtics were a minus-1.3 points per 100 possessions with Rondo on the floor, but are a plus-3.7 per 100 possessions with Rondo off the floor.