NBA Regular Season Individual Stats Overview

4/18/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The NBA regular season is finally over, and while it had its thrilling moments, I think we're all ready to start watching some playoff basketball, rather than seeing Chris Copeland's Knicks take on Mike Scott's Hawks. The playoffs don't begin until Saturday, so here's a little something to read in the meantime. In this article, I'll be going over each of the major individual stat categories and addressing the standout performances in each:
Blog Photo - NBA Regular Season Individual Stats Overview
Points Per Game
Leader: Carmelo Anthony (28.7)
Rookie Leader: Damian Lillard (19.0)

Carmelo has long been considered one of the game's greatest scorers, but this is his first scoring title. I'm aware that he took quite a few more shots per game than runner-up Kevin Durant, but you can't deny Carmelo's vicious scoring streak late in the season that propelled him above the three-time reigning champion.

Lillard - the potentially unanimous Rookie of the Year - proved that he could score in a variety of ways, both hitting the three and penetrating to score points in the paint. A lot of people figured he would be a good pro, but I doubt many people thought he would become the man in Portland from day one.

James Harden erupted in his first year without his superstar teammates in OKC, scoring the 5th most points per game (25.9) - more than Russell Westbrook (23.2). Stephen Curry has proved to be a perennial threat to bury his opponent, finishing 7th in scoring (22.9). DeMar DeRozan cracked the top-20 with 18.1 points per game, the same amount as Sixth Man of the Year candidate JR Smith.

Rebounds Per Game
Leader: Dwight Howard (12.4)
Rookie Leader: Anthony Davis (8.2)

With all the criticism that Howard has taken this season, he still managed to lead the NBA in rebounding. Considering the fact that Howard tore his labrum in February and may have been playing with lingering effects from back surgery, his league-leading numbers are pretty impressive.

Anthony Davis wasn't quite as dominant as some people may have expected, but I certainly wouldn't say he was a disappointment. His 8.2 rebounds proved that his skinny frame can bang with NBA bigs down low, and he's only going to get stronger.

Nikola Vucevic quietly finished with the 2nd most rebounds (11.9), with Omer Asik quietly finishing 3rd (11.7). Reggie Evans finished 6th with 11.1 rebounds in only 24.6 minutes per game - that's 16.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. Kobe Bryant led all guards in rebounding with 5.6 per game.
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Assists Per Game
Leader: Rajon Rondo (11.1)
Rookie Leader: Damian Lillard (6.5)

Though he only played 38 games due to a season-ending knee injury, Rondo continued to impress the basketball world with his second consecutive season leading the NBA in assists.

If you thought Lillard was just a scorer, you couldn't be more wrong. The 22-year-old was the far-and-away assist leader among rookies, finishing with 2.8 more than the runner-up (Alexey Shved, 3.7).

Chris Paul was once again near the top, finishing in 2nd with 9.7 assists. Greivis Vasquez was probably the biggest surprise in the top-ten, finishing in 3rd with 9.0 per game. Ricky Rubio made a nice recovery from knee surgery, finishing with 7.3 assists per game, 10th best in the league. In his first full season as a starting point guard, Jeremy Lin finished 19th in the league with 6.1 assists per game.
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