NEW ORLEANS – All-Star weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the new version of NBA.com/stats. This season brought SportVU player tracking to the site and just Thursday night, player tracking stats were added on the boxscore level, so you can see how far a player ran or how many of his shots were contested on any given night.
All-Star weekend also means that it’s time to dive in with statistical nuggets for all 25 All-Stars. Here are the 13 guys representing the Western Conference…
Kobe Bryant, G, L.A. Lakers
- His usage rate in his six games this season was under 30 percent for the first time since he played with Shaquille O’Neal.
- Last season was the best shooting season of his career, as he registered an effective field goal percentage of 50.4 percent.
- Last season, the Lakers’ offense scored 107.4 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor (a rate which would have ranked sixth) and 99.7 with him on the bench (a rate which would have ranked 25th).
- Video: Watch Bryant’s nine field goals in Memphis on Dec. 17.
Stephen Curry, G, Golden State
- Ranks third in the league and first among All-Stars in mid-range field goal percentage (minimum 100 attempts), shooting 49.6 percent between the paint and 3-point line.
- Ranks fifth in the league and first among All-Stars in catch-and-shoot effective field goal percentage at 65.8 percent.
- The Warriors have scored 108.9 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and only 90.3 with him on the bench. That OffRtg difference of 18.7 is, by far, the largest in the league among players who have logged at least 750 minutes.
- Video: Watch Curry shoot 8-for-13 from 3-point range on his way to 44 points in Utah on Jan. 31.
Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City
- Leads the league with 0.47 points per touch.
- Leads the league by converting 74.8 percent of his rebound chances.
- Ranks fourth in the league and first among All-Stars in total distance traveled, having traveled 135.1 miles this season.
- Leads the league in clutch-time usage rate, using 46.2 percent of his team’s possessions in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.
- Video: Watch Durant’s 19 field goals as he scored a career-high 54 points against the Warriors on Jan. 17.
Blake Griffin, F, L.A. Clippers
- Leads the league with 314 baskets in the restricted area.
- Of his 495 field goals, 66.7 percent have been assisted. That’s the highest rate among the top 25 players in usage rate.
- Has been assisted 149 times by Chris Paul. That’s the most assists from one teammate to another. Of the 149, 92 have come in the restricted area.
- Video: Watch Griffin’s 26 alley-oop dunks.
Kevin Love, F, Minnesota
- Ranks third in the league, second on his team, and first among All-Stars with 4.7 second chance points per game.
- The Wolves have outscored their opponents by 6.6 points per 100 possessions with Love on the floor and have been outscored by 9.9 with him on the bench. That difference of 16.5 is the second largest in the league (behind only Andre Iguodala) and largest among All-Stars.
- Opponents have shot 57.4 percent at the rim with him there, the fourth-highest opponent mark in the league (minimum four FGA per game) and the highest among All-Stars.
- Ranks ninth in the league and first among All-Stars with 4.7 catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts per game.
- Leads all All-Stars in defensive rebounding percentage (30.7 percent).
- Video: Watch Love’s 51 assists to Corey Brewer.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland
- Has attempted 227 more field goals from mid-range than any other player in the league.
- His defensive rebounding percentage of 26.3 percent and overall rebounding percentage of 16.7 percent are the highest marks of his career. Only two players (DeAndre Jordan and Pau Gasol) who have played at least 1,000 minutes each season have increased their defensive rebounding percentage from last season more than Aldridge.
- Has the lowest true shooting percentage (51.3 percent) of the 24 healthy All-Stars.
- Video: Watch the 23 mid-range shots Aldridge attempted against the Clippers on Dec. 26 (he made 11).
Anthony Davis, F-C, New Orleans
- Leads the league in clutch-time field goal percentage (minimum 20 FGA), shooting 21-for-32 in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, with a score differential of five points or less.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 41.2 percent from outside the paint, up from 28.6 percent last season. Of 161 players who have attempted at least 150 shots from outside the paint both seasons, only two (Anthony Tolliver and P.J. Tucker) have improved more.
- Has the lowest assist rate among All-Stars, assisting on only 6.6 percent of his possessions.
- Video: Watch Davis’ nine blocks against the Sixers on Nov. 16.
James Harden, G, Houston
- Leads the league with 6.3 fast break points per game.
- Has the highest free throw rate among 167 non-centers who have attempted at least 300 shots, with 55 free throw attempts per every 100 shots from the field.
- Shooting 32.9 percent from 3-point range, the lowest mark of his career.
- Video: Watch Harden’s 18 fast break points against the Kings on Jan. 22.
Dwight Howard, C, Houston
- Ranks third in the league and first among All-Stars with 8.0 close touches per game.
- Has attempted only 5.5 percent of his shots from outside the paint. The All-Star with the next lowest percentage of shots from outside the paint is Joakim Noah at 18.1 percent.
- Leads all All-Stars in rebounding percentage (20.2 percent).
- Video: Watch Howard’s 26 rebounds against the Bobcats on Oct. 30.
Damian Lillard, G, Portland
- Leads the league with six field goals (on just nine attempts) in the final 30 seconds with the score tied or his team behind three points or less.
- Of 181 players who have attempted at least 100 shots from both in and outside the paint, Lillard is the only one who has shot better from outside the paint (42.5 percent) than from in the paint (42.2 percent).
- Has attempted only 16.3 percent of his shots from mid-range, the second lowest rate among All-Stars (higher than only that of Howard).
- Video: Watch Lillard’s six baskets that tied the game or gave his team the lead in the final 30 seconds.
Dirk Nowitzki, F, Dallas
- Ranks second in the league and first among All-Stars with 7.5 catch-and-shoot field goal attempts per game.
- Has the lowest turnover rate among All-Stars, with just 6.2 turnovers per 100 possessions used.
- Has been assisted 72 times by Jose Calderon and 78 times by Monta Ellis. Only two other players (both All-Stars) have been assisted at least 70 times by two different teammates. They are Aldridge (by Lillard and Nicolas Batum) and Chris Bosh (by Mario Chalmers and LeBron James).
- Video: Watch Nowitzki shoot 10-for-13 against the Timberwolves on Nov. 30.
Tony Parker, G, San Antonio
- Ranks second in the league and first among All-Stars with 10.3 drives per game.
- His assist rate goes down every quarter, from 28.4 (assists per 100 possessions used) in the first quarter to 19.8 in the fourth.
- One of four All-Stars (DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving and Joe Johnson are the others) whose teams have been better with them off the floor than with them on the floor. The Spurs have outscored their opponents by 5.4 points per 100 possessions with Parker on the floor and by 9.2 with him on the bench.
- Video: Watch Parker’s 14 field goals from a 37-point performance against the Thunder on Jan. 22.
Chris Paul, G, L.A. Clippers
- Leads the league with 2.2 secondary assists per game.
- Is playing at the fastest pace of his career, 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, more than five possessions per 48 faster than he’s played in any other season.
- Has an effective field goal percentage of 57.6 percent in the first half and 45.6 percent in the second half. That’s the largest drop-off of 117 players who have attempted at least 200 shots in each half.
- Video: Watch Paul’s 17 assists against the Rockets on Nov. 4.