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 even more in-depth.
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.
Kobe Bryant, G, L.A. Lakers
- In the first three quarters, he has attempted 21.2 percent of his shots from 3-point range. In the fourth quarter, he has attempted 35.4 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
- Leads the league with 324 unassisted field goals, though he’s been assisted by 12 different teammates.
- His effective field-goal percentage has dropped every month of the season, but is still at the highest mark (50.5 percent) of his career.
Chris Paul, G, L.A. Clippers
- Has assisted Blake Griffin on 135 baskets. Russell Westbrook has more assists (149) to Kevin Durant, but the Paul-Griffin combination has more on a per-minute basis: 5.1 vs. 4.2 per 48 minutes played together.
- Leads all guards in assist/turnover ratio, recording 4.49 assists for every turnover, the second-highest mark of his career.
- Shooting 54.5 percent in the paint outside of the restricted area (aka “floater territory”), highest among All-Stars and fourth in the league among players who have attempted at least 50 shots from that area.
Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City
- One of two players shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line. Steve Nash is the other, but has far fewer attempts from each spot.
- Has highest on-court NetRtg among All-Stars. The Thunder have outscored their opponents by 12.8 points per 100 possessions with Durant on the floor.
- Leads the league in points scored in the clutch for the second straight season.
Blake Griffin, F, L.A. Clippers
- Ranks third in the league with 235 baskets in the restricted area.
- His assist rate goes down each quarter, from 18.0 assists per 100 possessions used in the first quarter to 14.1 in the fourth.
- Despite working with a shooting coach, his mid-range shooting percentage (36.6 percent) is up only slightly from where it was last season (36.1 percent).
Dwight Howard, C, L.A. Lakers
- The Lakers have allowed 101.1 points per 100 possessions (which would rank 10th in the league) with him on the floor and 106.0 (which would rank 27th) with him off.
- He has grabbed 18.9 percent of available rebounds when he’s on the floor, his lowest rebounding percentage since his rookie season.
- His usage rate drops each quarter, from 23.9 percent in the first to 19.7 percent in the fourth.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland
- Ranks 22nd in usage rate. Among the top 25 in usage rate, he has the lowest turnover rate, turning the ball over on just 7.7 percent of his possessions.
- Leads the league with 530 mid-range shot attempts. In fact, he’s tried 146 more shots from mid-range (between the paint and the 3-point line) than any other player.
- Was a plus-28 through January, but is a minus-66 in February.
Tim Duncan, F, San Antonio
- Part of the league’s best defensive lineup (minimum 100 minutes). Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Duncan and Tiago Splitter have allowed just 86.4 points per 100 possessions in 199 minutes.
- Ranks third in the league and first among All-Stars in defensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 28.2 percent of available defensive boards.
- Shooting 82.4 percent from the free-throw line, the highest mark of his career. His previous high was 79.9 percent in 2001-02.
James Harden, G, Houston
- Leads all guards and ranks third among All-Stars (behind Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler) in free-throw rate, attempting 58 free throws per 100 field-goal attempts.
- Leads the league with 368 fast-break points, over 100 more than any other player.
- One of three All-Stars (Luol Deng and Rajon Rondo are the other two) whose team has been better with him off the court than on the court. The Rockets have outscored their opponents by 1.6 points per 100 possessions with Harden on the floor and 3.8 with him on the bench.
David Lee, F, Golden State
- The Warriors have scored 105.7 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and just 98.9 with him off the floor.
- Part of the best shooting five-man unit in the league. The Warriors’ lineup of Jarrett Jack, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Carl Landry and Lee has an effective field-goal percentage of 58.0 percent in 283 minutes together.
- Assists more in the second half of games. He has an assist ratio (assists per 100 possessions used) of 12.9 in the first half and 20.6 in the second half.
Tony Parker, G, San Antonio
- Has attempted just 7.2 percent of his shots from 3-point range, the lowest rate among All-Star guards.
- The Spurs have shot 44 percent on corner 3-pointers with him on the court and 38 percent on corner threes with him off the court. He leads the league with 132 assists on 3-pointers.
- Shooting a career-high 46.1 percent from outside the paint.
Zach Randolph, F, Memphis
- Leads the league with 221 second chance points.
- Ranks fifth in the league and first among All-Stars with a total rebounding percentage of 19.7 percent.
- Ranks last among All-Star bigs (power forwards and centers) with a true shooting percentage of 51.4 percent.
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City
- Leads the league in clutch-time free-throw percentage at 92.9 percent (minimum 20 attempts).
- Westbrook and Durant are the teammates that have played the most together.
- His assist percentage (percentage of teammates baskets he assists on while he’s on the floor) is up more than 10 percent from last season.