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Measuring Ball and Player Movement

The San Antonio Spurs put on a passing clinic in last year's Finals, eviscerating the Miami Heat with incredible ball movement and unselfish play. But looking at the numbers, having superior ball and player movement does not always yield Spurs-like success, writes NBA.com's John Schuhmann.

  • Passes Per Minute (half-court possessions)
    15.3
    San Antonio
    15.0
    Philadelphia
    15.0
    Charlotte
  • Longest Distance Traveled (feet per minute, half-court)
    1,294
    San Antonio
    1,247
    Charlotte
    1,244
    Chicago

  • Preseason Leaders

    Preseason action is underway across the NBA giving us our first glimpse at new-look teams like the Cavaliers, returning superstars like Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant, and young players making their pro debuts like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins and others just trying to make a team. Keep up with all of the stats from the preseason here.

  • PTS Leaders (thru 10/19)
    21.6
    B. Griffin (LAC),
    K. Thompson (GSW)
    21.3
    J. Crawford (LAC)

  • REB Leaders (thru 10/19)
    11.0
    A. Drummond (DET)

    10.5
    R. Evans (SAC),
    T. Thompson (CLE)
  • AST Leaders (thru 10/19)
    8.6
    C. Paul (LAC)

    7.3
    B. Jennings (DET)


  • NBA.com Fantasy Draft Kit

    The 2014-15 NBA season is right around the corner, which means it's time to start preparing for your Yahoo! NBA Fantasy draft! Check out the Big Board to see our top 150 fantasy player rankings, or break it down by position or by statistical category to help you outsmart your competition on draft night.

  • Rank 1
    L. James
    CLE, SF/PF
  • Rank 2
    A. Davis
    NOP, PF/C
  • Rank 3
    S. Curry
    GSW, PG/SG
  • Rank 4
    R. Westbrook
    OKC, PG
  • Rank 5
    J. Harden
    HOU, SG/SF

  • Let the Lakers Shoot 3s

    New coach Byron Scott does not want the L.A. Lakers taking a lot of 3-pointers this season. Perhaps he should rethink that, writes NBA.com's John Schuhmann, who breaks down the numbers from the past five seasons to make his case.

  • 3FGA (3s attempted per game)
    10.5
    Lakers 3FGA/game
    1st 2 preseason games
    24.8
    Lakers 3FGA/game
    2013-14 season
  • PPA (Points per attempt)
    1.08
    3-point shots
    0.98
    2-point shots

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    Elgin's 61 points in Game 5 of the '62 Finals remains an #NBAFinals record. 2nd highest total in any playoff game (MJ's 63 v. BOS, Rd1, '86)

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    Elgin Baylor's first season in L.A. with the @Lakers, in 1960-61? How about 34.8 PPG, 19.8 RPG and 5.1 APG #HappyBirthdayElgin

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    RT @NBAHistory: B-DAY(80) ELGIN's 1st season in L.A., his greatest statistically: 34.8 ppg (38.1 Playoffs),19.8 rpg, a record 71pts v. NY

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    In the series he won #NBAFinals MVP v. the Lakers, Billups avg. 21.0 Pts on 50.9% FG, 47.1% 3PT, 92.9% FT http://t.co/z2R4Edj6Rd

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    Retiree-to-be Chauncey Billups owns an 89.40% career FT%, which ranks 5th all-time! http://t.co/JG11lE97VR

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    Spurs' Record-Breaking Shooting in The Finals

    The San Antonio Spurs shot 52.8% (191-362) from the field in their five-game championship run in The Finals, the highest of any team in shot clock era (since 1954-55). Shot Chart | Spurs' Finals Stats
    • PTS
      105.6
    • FG%
      52.8%
    • 3P%
      46.6%
    • AST
      25.4

    Beyond The Numbers

    PPG, Griffin, Preseason (5 GP)
    21.6

    Preseason Leaders

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    Golden State Warriors
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    Charlotte Bobcats
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    Western Conference Player of the Month

    Kevin Durant
    Oklahoma City Thunder
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    Eastern Conference Player of the Month

    Al Jefferson
    Charlotte Bobcats
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    Western Conference Player of the Month

    Blake Griffin
    Los Angeles Clippers
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    Eastern Conference Player of the Month

    LeBron James
    Miami Heat
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    Western Conference Player of the Month

    Kevin Durant
    Oklahoma City Thunder
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    Eastern Conference Player of the Month

    Carmelo Anthony
    New York Knicks
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    Western Conference Player of the Month

    Kevin Durant
    Oklahoma City Thunder
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    Miami Heat
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    Oklahoma City Thunder
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    Paul George
    Indiana Pacers
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    Trey Burke
    Utah Jazz
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    Michael Carter-Williams
    Philadelphia 76ers
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    Gorgui Dieng
    Minnesota Timberwolves
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    Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

    Michael Carter-Williams
    Philadelphia 76ers
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    Western Conference Rookie of the Month

    Nick Clathes
    Memphis Grizzlies
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    Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

    Victor Oladipo
    Orlando Magic
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    Western Conference Rookie of the Month

    Trey Burke
    Utah Jazz
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    Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

    Michael Carter-Williams
    Philadelphia 76ers
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    Western Conference Rookie of the Month

    Trey Burke
    Utah Jazz
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    Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

    Victor Oladipo
    Orlando Magic
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    Western Conference Rookie of the Month

    Ben McLemore
    Sacramento Kings
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    Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

    Michael Carter-Williams
    Philadelphia 76ers
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