Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Spelunking for Stats

Whether you prefer season-long or daily fantasy basketball games, or play in roto or head-to-head leagues, it’s always important to pay attention to the trends that are forming among the league’s players.  Digging deeper into the box scores can help you notice statistical anomalies that will keep you ahead of your fantasy basketball competition. Here is a quick look at some of the more interesting stats and figures The Association had to offer over past few weeks.  How you choose to interpret them is up to you.

Nov 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots free throws during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

(All stats are through Monday’s games)

Nets’ point guard Deron Williams is averaging 10.0 points, while shooting 41.9%, in 25.4 minutes per game. His backup, Shaun Livingston, is averaging 10.2 points, on 52.8% shooting, in 23.3 minutes per game.  Williams is making $18,466,130 this season.  Livingston is making $884,293.

With only 1 steal on the year, Jazz center Enes Kanter is dead last in the NBA in steals per 48 minutes (0.12) and his 25 turnovers has him ranked 331st out of 332 qualified players in steal/turnover ratio (0.04).  Only the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder is worse.

Roy Hibbert has blocked 46 shots in the Pacers’ first 10 games.  Since the 1973-74 season (when blocks became an official stat), only Mark Eaton (456 1984-85), Manute Bol (397 in 1985-86) and Elmore Smith (393 in 1973-74) have swatted more shots than the 377 Hibbert is currently on pace to finish this season with.

In his first 6 games, Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.7 steals.  In his last 5 games he’s averaging 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals.  The Grizzlies have won three in a row.

Pelicans’ Eric Gordon is shooting 42% overall and has failed to shoot better than 45% from the field in 9 of 10 games this season.  If he were to continue at his current 16.5 points-per-game clip, he’d finish with his worst scoring average since his rookie season.

Beginning with opening night, Rockets’ point guard Patrick Beverley has scored 5, 12, 3, 19, 1, 12, 5 and 11 points, respectively, meaning he has alternated between single-digit and double-digit scoring every game this season.

Spurs’ Boris Diaw has scored in double-digits 6 times in just 10 games.  He scored in double-digits only 15 times in 75 games all of last season.

Having already drained 20 three-pointers in 12 games, Sixers center Spencer Hawes is on pace to finish the season with 136 treys, which would be the most for any center since Clifford Robinson and Sam Perkins hit 142 and 136, respectively, during the 1994-95 season.  More remarkably, he’d be the first 7-footer to ever to make more than 100 three-pointers in a season.  Hawes is in a contract year.

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Topics: Deron Williams, Fantasy Basketball, New York Knicks, Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes

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