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It's halftime in the NBA, and time to look at some trends


It’s halftime within the NBA, and time to have a look at some developments

It’s halftime.

The halfway level of the NBA common season arrives this week — there are 1,230 video games between October and April, and after Thursday night time’s slate goes into the books 618 video games can have been performed with 612 left to go.

Making statistical judgments after a couple of video games, or perhaps a few weeks, isn’t the wisest factor. But with 50% of the season completed, it looks like applicable sufficient of a pattern dimension to level out a couple of developments.

3’S, AGAIN

The league information for 3-pointers made and tried are going to get damaged for the eighth consecutive yr.



But the expansion price in that division appears to be slowing down.

First, the numbers: NBA groups mixed to make 27,955 3-pointers final season and try 78,742, each of that are information. That was a rise of 8.3% on makes from 2017-18 and a rise of 10.4% on makes an attempt.

This yr, the league is on tempo to make greater than 29,000 3-pointers and try practically 83,000 of them. Both can be information, after all, however the will increase over final season are on tempo to be solely 4.7% on makes and 5.1% on makes an attempt.

And whereas the league’s love affair with the 3-pointer is nothing new, it’s nonetheless a bit mindboggling to place it in perspective. When this soon-to-be-eight-year run of record-setting started, NBA groups made 17,603 3’s and tried 49,067 of them.

How a lot has it modified? This yr’s projected remaining numbers, in comparison with these — up 66% p.c on makes, up 69% on makes an attempt.

SCORING DOWN (SORT OF)

Maybe defenses have caught as much as the offense-friendly officiating emphasis that went into place firstly of final season.

Scoring is down a tiny bit from final yr. In 2018-19, groups averaged 111.2 factors per recreation. This yr, it’s all the way down to 110.Four per recreation.

But that’s nonetheless on tempo to be the 15th-highest scoring season within the NBA’s 74-year historical past — and the second-highest within the final 35 years.

JAMES HARDEN

Any have a look at numbers should embody what Houston guard James Harden is doing.

He’s averaging 37.7 factors per recreation, placing him on tempo for the fifth-highest mark in NBA historical past. Wilt Chamberlain owns the highest three (50.Four in 1961-62, 44.Eight in 1962-63 and 38.Four in 1960-61). Elgin Baylor is fourth, at 38.Three per recreation in 1961-62.

Harden’s scoring can be (and already has been) a rallying cry for his MVP candidacy, simply because it was final season when he averaged 36.1 factors per recreation — and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo received the award.

Precedent isn’t in Harden’s MVP favor.

Chamberlain didn’t win MVP in his three highest-scoring seasons, nor did Baylor when he had his finest scoring yr. In all three instances, Boston’s Bill Russell received the award — with out averaging greater than 18.9 factors per recreation in that stretch. He did common practically 24 rebounds in every of these seasons, and the Celtics received the NBA championship in all three of these years as nicely.

Harden, nevertheless, might severely problem the 3-point single-season file. Golden State’s Stephen Curry made 402 in his unanimous MVP season of 2015-16; Harden is on tempo for 414 this season, offered he performs in each Houston recreation the remainder of the way in which.

LEBRON’S ASSISTS

LeBron James is nicely on his strategy to profitable his first help crown, main the NBA with 10.7 per recreation getting into Monday — a couple of help per recreation forward of Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio.

Like so many different issues James does, an help crown can be historic.

James is 35. He would develop into the second-oldest help champion in NBA historical past; Steve Nash was 37 when he received that title for the ultimate time.

As far as first-time winners, James would develop into the oldest.

Jerry West received his lone help title when he was 33. Lenny Wilkens and Mark Jackson had been each 32. Wilt Chamberlain and Rod Strickland had been each 31.

Even Utah’s John Stockton — the king of assists — was 34 when he received his remaining help title.

A LOT OF GOOD …

There is an opportunity that there could possibly be as many 50-win groups because the league has ever seen.

At the halfway mark, there are 12 groups with life like probabilities of attending to 50 wins this season. If all of them get there — and it’s not precisely unbelievable, both — it might tie the file for many groups reaching that customary in a single season.

The mark is 12 set in 2009-10. That season, Boston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah, Portland, Orlando, Denver and Atlanta all received between 50 and 61 video games.

… AND A LOT OF BAD

Meanwhile, there are 17 groups on tempo to complete with dropping information.

As of now, there are the 12 groups with a terrific shot at 50 or extra wins.

Then there’s Oklahoma City, the lone group within the center, on tempo for about 46 wins.

And then there’s everybody else, all with information beneath .500 at this level.

Call it an erosion of the NBA’s center class. The final time the league had just one group end between 41 and 49 wins — together with changes for labor-issue-related shortened seasons — was 1966-67. Of course, the NBA solely had 10 groups then, with two (Philadelphia and Boston) having profitable percentages of .741 or higher, the San Francisco Warriors at 44-37, after which the opposite seven groups all with dropping information.

THE WEEK AHEAD

A recreation (or two) to observe for every of the following seven days …

Tuesday, Houston at Memphis: Don’t look now, however the Grizzlies are actually within the West playoff combine.

Wednesday, San Antonio at Miami: Impossible for these groups to play and never consider 2013 and 2014.

Thursday, Boston at Milwaukee: A matchup of two of the very best within the Eastern Conference.

Friday, Portland at Dallas: It must be an elite guard showdown, Damian Lillard vs. Luka Doncic.

Saturday, Sacramento at Utah: In what’s changing into an annual custom, the Jazz are wildly underrated.

Sunday, Indiana at Denver: Pacers nonetheless hovering on tempo for 50 wins, Nuggets simply hold profitable.

Monday, Toronto at Atlanta/New Orleans at Memphis: The league celebrates the life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with 14 video games — together with these two, Atlanta being the place he was born and Memphis being the place he was kil-led.

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Tim Reynolds is a nationwide basketball author for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds(at)ap.org

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