NBA Stats

Jul 10 2013 10:13PM

Signing Day Stats

By Brian Martin

After more than a week of rumors and reported deals, the ink was finally put to paper on Wednesday as the moratorium lifted and free agents were able to officially sign new contracts. Some stayed with their previous team (such as Chris Paul and David West), while others found new places to call home (such as Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson).

Here are a few statistical notes on some of the biggest signings of the day. Check back as more deals are finalized.

Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers announced the re-signing of Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins as well as the acquisition of Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick and Darren Collison on Wednesday.

  • How important was it for the Clippers to retain point guard Chris Paul? The team scored 112.1 points per 100 possessions with Paul on the floor in 2012-13 and just 101.3 with him on the bench. The Clippers' Net Rating (+/- per 100 possessions) was 4.9 points better with Paul on the court (NetRtg ON: +8.7) vs. off the court (NetRtg OFF: +3.8), which was the best differential on the team.
  • In 2012-13, Paul ranked second in the league in assists per game (9.7), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.26) and second in assist percentage (the percentage of teammates field goals made he assisted while on the floor, 44.3%).
  • The Clippers ranked 16th in 3FG% in 2012-13 at 35.8% from beyond the arc. The additions of Jared Dudley (40.5% career 3FG%) and J.J. Redick (39.0% career 3FG%) should help the number rise.

  • Detroit Pistons
    The Pistons announced the signing of free agent Josh Smith on Wednesday.

  • Smith joins the Pistons after spending the first nine seasons of his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals in 676 games. The versatile forward is the 24th player in NBA history (and seventh active player) to tally 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocked shots.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Smith is the only player in NBA history to boast career averages of at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
  • In 2012-13, Smith was one of only two players to average 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other was four-time MVP LeBron James.
  • While the Pistons ranked third in the league in field goals made in the restricted area (1,565), they ranked 24th in field goal percentage from that zone (58.6%). Smith should help boost that percentage, as his 73.3% FG% in the restricted area ranked fourth among all players with at least 150 field goal attempts.

  • Indiana Pacers
    The Pacers announced the re-signing of power forward David West on Wednesday.

  • West played the last two seasons with the Pacers and averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 139 games. The 10-year veteran has career averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
  • West was key to the Pacers' offensive efficiency in 2012-13. When he was on the court, the Pacers scored 104.9 points per 100 possessions with an effective field goal percentage of 50.1%. When he was off the court, those numbers dropped to 96.1 (OffRtg) and a team low 44.2% (eFG%).

  • Golden State Warriors
    The Warriors announced the acquisition of Andre Iguodala as part of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

  • Iguodala owns career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 37.4 minutes per game over 695 regular-season contests (all starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.
  • In 2012-13, the nine-year veteran averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.74 steals and 34.7 minutes in 80 regular-season games for the Nuggets. He ranked 11th in the NBA in steals per game in 2012-13.
  • Iguodala is regarded as one of the league's top perimeter defenders, which will help the Warriors' 13-ranked defense. In 2012-13, the Nuggets gave up 4.8 fewer points per 100 possessions with Iguodala on the floor (DefRtg ON: 100.5) vs off the floor (DefRtg OFF: 105.3), which was the best differential on the team. Iguodala also led the team in Net Rating (+/- per 100 possessions) differential, as the Nuggets were 5.7 points per 100 possessions better with Iguodala on the floor (NetRtg ON: +7.4) vs. off the floor (NetRtg OFF: +1.7).

  • Charlotte Bobcats
    The Bobcats announced the signing of free agent Al Jefferson on Wednesday.

  • Jefferson is one of only two players (along with Dwight Howard) to average at least 17.0 points and at least 9.0 rebounds in each of the last six seasons. No other player has posted those averages in more than four of the last six seasons.
  • Last season with the Jazz, Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steal in 33.1 minutes played. He led all NBA centers in field goals, ranked second among NBA centers in scoring average and ranked fourth among NBA centers in defensive rebounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • In 2012-13, the Bobcats shot a league-worst 55.3% inside the restricted area and were second-to-last in the paint (outside the restricted area) at 33.5%. Jefferson should boost those numbers, as he shot 67.0% inside the restricted area and 48.3% inside the paint (outside-RA) in 2012-13.

  • New York Knicks
    The Knicks announced the re-signing of free agent Pablo Prigioni and the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a trade with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

  • Bargnani holds career averages of 15.2 points, on 43.7 percent shooting, and 4.8 rebounds over 30.3 minutes in 433 games. He posted his career-best 41 points -- and added seven rebounds and six assists -- versus the Knicks in his new home of Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8, 2010. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 28.7 minutes in 35 games during the 2012-13 season.
  • In 2012-13, Prigioni averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in 78 games (18 starts) in his rookie NBA season at the age of 36. In 18 games as a starter, Prigioni averaged 4.1 points, 3.4 assists and just 0.8 turnovers in 21.7 minutes per game. He shot 51.9% from the field and 45.7% from 3-point range to help the Knicks close the season 16-2, including a 13-game win streak -- the third longest in franchise history.