Last week, we listed a couple of statistics/factoids from the 2017-18 season for each squad in the East. Today, we’ll focus on the Western Conference.
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Dirk Nowitzki was surprisingly durable this past season. Before undergoing season-ending ankle surgery in early April, Dirk started 77 of the Mavericks first 78 games. He also posted a True Shooting percentage of 57.5 percent, his highest since 2013-14. It Dirk's 20th NBA season, all with the same team. The only other player in league history to spend an entire 20-year career with one franchise was the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant… Wesley Matthews knocked down 153 triples in 2017-18. He’s the only player in the NBA with at least 125 treys in each of the last eight seasons.
Nikola Jokic recorded ten triple-doubles this past season and has a total of 16 since the start of 2016-17. The only three players with more trip-dubs over this stretch are Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James… Jokic averaged 6.1 assists per game in 2017-18. He joins Wilt Chamberlain as just the second center in NBA history to average more than assists per game over the course of a full NBA season.
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry led the NBA in free throw percentage (.921 FT%) for the 4th time in his career… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Curry (26.4 points per game), Kevin Durant (26.4) and Klay Thompson (20.0) became the fourth trio in NBA history to average at least 20 points per game in two straight seasons, joining the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Seattle SuperSonics, 1981-82 and 1982-83 Denver Nuggets, and 1959-60 and 1961-62 St. Louis Hawks.
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Per NBA.com, dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, Trevor Ariza is one of only three players to tally at least 4,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 800 assists, and 600 steals. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are the other two… James Harden led the NBA in scoring (30.4 points) and was third in assists (8.8 assists). He joined Michael Jordan (1987-88) as the only players to have averaged at least 30.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in a single season.
Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers used 37 different starting lineups in 2017-18, the most in the NBA… For the first time since 2012, DeAndre Jordan did not lead the league in shooting accuracy, finishing second behind Clint Capela. Jordan had led the league in field goal percentage in each of the past five seasons, a feat only accomplished by Shaquille O'Neal (1997-02) and Wilt Chamberlain (1964-69)… Montrezl Harrell averaged 11.0 points in 17.0 minutes, the highest average of anyone averaging 17.0 minutes or fewer in a single season in the past 30 years.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Kyle Kuzma set a Lakers franchise record for most 3-pointers by a rookie (159), which tied for fourth all-time in league history. He’s the first rookie ever with at least 1,200 points, 450 rebounds and 150 threes in his debut campaign. The only other Laker to match those numbers in any season was Kobe Bryant in 2007-2008… Josh Hart averaged 13.3 points (on 49.6 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23 games as a starter… Julius Randle was the only player in the league to average at least 16 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 55.5 percent from the field.
No player in franchise history had scored 20-plus points in each of his first two games with the Grizzlies, until MarShon Brooks scored at least 20 points in each of his first five games this season… Marc Gasol was one of two NBA players (LeBron James) this season to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and blocks… Dillon Brooks was the only NBA rookie to play in all 82 games.
Taj Gibson exceeded expectations during his first year in Minnesota. Gibson started all 82 games for the first time in his nine-year NBA career and averaged 12.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in a career-high 33.3 minutes per contest. He also shot a career-best and franchise-record 57.7 percent from the floor, ranking 6th in the NBA, as well as a career-high 76.8 percent from the charity stripe… Karl-Anthony Towns once again suited up for 82 games. He owns the league's longest active ironman streak at 246 consecutive games.
New Orleans Pelicans:
Four different Pelicans (DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis) recorded a triple-double during the 2017-18 regular season. They are the second team in NBA history to have four players post a triple-double during the same season, joining the 1973-74 Los Angeles Lakers… Anthony Davis has averaged at least 30 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor in each of his first two career playoff series. He is the second player in NBA postseason history to do this, and the first since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970)... DeMarcus Cousins became just the sixth player ever to average at least 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists per game during a season.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Amazingly, per NBA.com, Russell Westbrook holds the longest active streak in the NBA averaging a triple double at 193 games… Steven Adams led all NBA players in screen assists per game this season (4.8). He also ranked first in the league in offensive rebounds, averaging 5.1, ranked fifth in second-chance points (4.1) and was tied for seventh in points in the paint (11.7)
Over his final 12 games of this season, Josh Jackson averaged 21.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.5 minutes. Over his last eight games, Jackson tallied at least 15 points and two steals in each contest. Per NBA.com, that’s the longest such streak by any NBA player since James Harden (10 straight) in 2015-16, and Jackson joined Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan as the only three rookies with an eight-game streak over the last 35 years… Devin Booker averaged 24.9 points per game. Booker joined LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tracy McGrady, Rick Barry, Bernard King and Carmelo Anthony as the only players in NBA history to average at least 24 points in a season that ends while that player is still just 21.
Portland Trail Blazers:
Damian Lillard is one of only four in NBA history with at least 10,000 points and 2,900 assists in their first six seasons. The other three are Oscar Robertson, Tiny Archibald, and LeBron James. Lillard is the first player ever with 10,000 pts and 1,000 made 3-pointers… Dame finished the season tied for fourth in the league in scoring (26.9). He is the first Portland player to finish in the top-five in scoring since Clyde Drexler was fourth during the 1991-92 season… Lillard (26.9) and CJ McCollum (21.4) combined to average 48.3 points per game this season. Houston’s Chris Paul and James Harden were the only backcourt combo in the with a higher scoring average (49.0).
De’Aaron Fox finished the season ranked ninth in points (11.6) and fifth in assists (4.4) per game amongst rookies… Willie Cauley-Stein was one of just three players this past season to lead their team in steals and blocks. Over the Kings final four games, WCS averaged 20.8 points (on 57.1 percent shooting), 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
San Antonio Spurs:
LaMarcus Aldridge scored at least 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds in the same game 21 times this season. He had only three such games in 2016-17… 37-year old center Pau Gasol led the Spurs in total assists (238). Gasol is one of just four players in NBA history (and the only active player) with at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,900 blocks in his career. The other three are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett…
Donovan Mitchell joined David Robinson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only rookies, and the only guard, since 1958 to lead their team in scoring, while also winning 45-plus games. Mitchell knocked down 187 three-pointers, which is the most in a season for a rookie in NBA history.