see some figure overcome 50 points in the nba This seems to have become the norm in the league in recent weeks. Since December, they’ve already achieved it luka doncic three times, Pascal Siakam, Joel Embiid, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker and of course, donovan mitchell, who added 71 against the Chicago Bulls. In November he also achieved this Stephen Curry, Darius Garland And Booker and Embiid themselves.
overall they are already 14 games of 50 points or more, when the regular phase is not even half completed. There were 19 of them last season and only 14 in 2020–2021 (10 fewer regular season games were played). both brands are going to be crushed this yearwhere at this rate, we could be More than 30 cases in which this figure has been reached,
Donovan Mitchell set a new scoring record for the Cleveland Cavaliers and became only the 7th player in NBA history to score 70+ points in a game. pic.twitter.com/qbOwr3sqyH
– NBA (@NBA) January 3, 2023
but How exactly do you explain scoring explosions like this? Is it necessary to add them only to the individual talents of the stars or to the defensive problems of some teams? partly yes but it’s not the only one reason to understand numbers Which is seen with increasing frequency around the league.
The main explanation outside of superstar talent is linked to a The Triad That Would Make Mike D’Antoni And Daryl Morey Proud League’s: Rhythm, Triple and Free Throw, The league’s offenses are becoming more intelligent in terms of their shot selection and this is reflected in an unusual increase in the effectiveness of attacks: a 2022-2023 Average offensive rating of 113.5 points per 100 possessions, so far, all time high,
In contrast, that rating was 108.6 five years ago and 105.8 ten years ago, The growth has been exponential and continuous, right down to the aforementioned trio.
Teams take less and less time on the shot clock. The rate in 2022-2023 is 99.4 possessions per game, which marks a clear difference with five years ago (97.3) and not to mention ten (92). those additional assets clearly mean More shooting options and therefore more points For those who usually take those pitches.
In turn, there is an increasing role of triples in attacks: attempts are made in 2022-2023 34.2 3-pointers per 100 possessionsAs opposed to 29.6 five years ago and 21.5 10 years ago. To a clear mathematical issue, if more than 3-pointers are attempted (and scored), more digits will convert Compared to those eras in which doubles had a bigger role.
Nothing surprising so far: The importance of rhythm and outside shooting in the NBA today is well known. But what sets this campaign apart is that Many more violations are being penalized than in previous years, something that can be counterproductive, given that teams tend to shoot more and more from the perimeter, where they are less likely to commit fouls.
Despite this the average of the teams in the league is 18.4 Free Converts Every 100 Assets, the highest score in the last nine seasons. And also, they write them with the best percentage ever (78% correct). There are also 23.6 simple attempts per 100 possessions record in the last six years,
a fundamental rule change
With regard to breaches, it is important to note one final point that is proving fundamental, linked to the rule change: is referred to as cheat (deliberate fouls to cut off quick attacks), as in this season they are punished with free kicks and possession for those who receive them.
This new rule not only lets us see more free throws, but above all infection is more difficult to preventWhere teams usually get their easiest points.
In 2022-2023, 18 teams will average 18 possessions or more on rebounding. only 9 did last season, The number has doubled and it is clearly visible that the new rule of the league has been necessary for this. Many of the best players in the competition are particularly benefiting.
Smooth in transition.
Giannis completed his career-best 55-point night in textbook Giannis fashion. pic.twitter.com/FOPBC0Bg32
– NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2023
giannis antetocampo He’s averaging 10.1 transition points per game, when he’s never gone above 8 before in his career. Lebron JamesAt the age of 38, he is also at the highest points of his life (8 points), at least as far as counter-attack points are recorded.
In fact, 18 different players In 2021-2022, average 5 points or more in rushing attacks they just got ocho,
everything to be seen Most Points in the NBA And the league’s big stars will continue to impress week after week, with explosions that until a few years ago were only seen once or twice a month.