By: PJ Guippone
The Greek Freak is aptly named
At first glance, this is just an average stat leader in major categories for a team. Look harder. That is all the same Mediterranean, smiling face. That is the same absurdly hard to pronounce name. For EVERY major statistical category. Giannis leads the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. The only other players to do this in NBA history are Dave Cowens in 1977-1978, Scottie Pippen in 1994-1995 (Jordan only played 17 games), Kevin Garnett (2001-2002, 2002-2003, and 2004-2005), and LeBron James in 2008-2009, His freakish stature and even more freakish game have led him to this point, and barring some big free agent signing or injury, you may see many of his faces across the Bucks homepage for years to come.
Jigglin’ Joe Ingles is in elite company
In this age of basketball where advanced metrics reign supreme, this is a set of stats that really means a lot. And look at that company. True shooting percentage (TS%) refers to the combined percentages of all other shooting metrics (3P, FG, and FT). Assist percentage is the percentage of baskets made by a player’s teammates assisted by him when he is on the floor. Steal percentage is the percentage of defensive possessions that ends in a steal from that player. So not only did you get an advanced metrics lesson, but you got a new favorite NBA player: Jigglin’ Joe.
Isaiah knows what the offense needs
On December 29 against the Miami Heat, Isaiah Thomas was red hot. He scored 52 points on 15 of 26 shooting including 9 of 13 from three and 13 of 13 from the free throw line. The rest of the stat line was fairly barren, though, with 0 assists and 2 turnovers. He must have taken note because in the next game against the Utah Jazz, Isaiah put in a much more well-rounded offensive performance. He had 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting to go along with 15 assists on only 1 turnover. Along with James Harden’s 50-point triple doubles, this is one of the most interesting 50-point related statistics in the NBA this season.
Draymond Green: the ultimate glue guy
You don’t see a box score like this every day. As a matter of fact, it has never happened in the history of the NBA. No one has ever recorded a triple double without scoring ten points, but who else to do it than the riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma known as Draymond Green. Other than the 11 boards, 10 dimes and 10 steals he recorded, I would like to direct your attention to the 5 blocks and the +26 differential. This is the ultimate glue guy box score for the ultimate glue guy. I almost wish he just didn’t shoot the entire game, but missing the shots made for just as cool of a story line.
Rusty is working on the impossible
Only one player in the history of the NBA has ever averaged a triple double. That would be the great Oscar Robertson in the 1961-1962 season. He averaged 30.8, 12.5, and 11.4. This year, in a revenge season following the departure of superstar team mate Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook is on the verge of duplicating that feat in an attempt to solidify his MVP campaign. He is currently at 31.7, 10.6, and 10 per game on the season, which means he has to average 7.9 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game for the rest of the season to achieve the feat. Additionally, he needs 11 in the final 19 games in order to tie the Big O’s record of 41 in a single season.