There have been 69 video games performed over the primary 10 days of the season, with practically each group enjoying both 4 video games (11 groups) or 5 video games (17 groups), with the 2 exceptions of Milwaukee (the final unbeaten group with solely three video games performed) and Miami (the busiest group with six video games performed).
Although we’re working with a small pattern measurement, listed here are 10 stats that stand out after the primary 10 days of the 2022-23 season.
1. Paolo’s elite firm
Whereas the Orlando Magic are nonetheless trying to find their first win, they’ll cease in search of a franchise participant to construct round. No. 1 decide Paolo Banchero has regarded able to take that spot because the first day he suited up in The Metropolis Lovely.
Via his first 5 video games, Banchero is averaging 24 factors, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.6 minutes per sport. He’s simply the sixth rookie in NBA historical past to attain 20 or extra factors in every of his first 5 profession video games, becoming a member of Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, Dominique Wilkins and Grant Hill.
Paolo Banchero is the primary participant of their first 5 profession video games to whole 120+ factors, 35+ rebounds, and 15+ assists, since:
Dominique Wilkins in 1982-83 (124 pts, 40 reb, 16 ast) pic.twitter.com/foEl0p84RP
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) October 27, 2022
2. Prime Draft picks shining early
Banchero is not the one rookie who has gotten off to a sensational begin within the NBA. The numbers put up by the highest six choices within the 2022 Draft (needless to say No. 2 decide Chet Holmgren is out for the 12 months) are dazzling, too. The highest 5 picks which have stepped on the court docket are additionally the NBA’s high 5 rookie scorers, all averaging a minimum of 14 factors per sport.
- No. 1 decide Paolo Banchero: 24.0 ppg (1st amongst rookies), 7.6 rpg (2nd)
- No. 6 decide Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers): 20.8 ppg (2nd), 5.0 rpg (sixth)
- No. 4 decide Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings): 17.7 ppg (third), 51.3 FG% (4th)
- No. 5 decide Jaden Ivey (Detroit Pistons): 16.0 ppg (4th), 42.9 3-point% (4th)
- No. 3 decide Jabari Smith Jr. (Houston Rockets): 14.2 ppg (fifth), 7.4 rpg (third)
Should you worth first impressions, this class has made an excellent one. The important thing for the remainder of the season is for these gamers to proceed to develop and, hopefully, flip the fortunes of the lottery groups that chosen them. Via the primary 10 days, the 5 groups these gamers play for gone a mixed 3-21, with Banchero and Murray nonetheless looking for profession win No. 1.
3. Doncic, Antetokounmpo lead 9 30-point scorers
Thus far, groups are averaging 113.4 factors per sport, which might be on tempo as the very best league scoring common in over 50 years. By comparability, the league common final season was 110.6 ppg, so it is seemingly that offenses across the league will regress towards the imply a bit over the course of the season. As that occurs, the variety of gamers averaging 30 ppg or extra will seemingly regress, too. As of Friday, 9 gamers are averaging 30 ppg or extra.
- Luka Doncic (Mavericks): 36.3 ppg over 4 video games
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks): 36 ppg over three video games
- Kevin Durant (Nets): 33.2 ppg over 5 video games
- Ja Morant (Grizzlies): 32.6 ppg over 5 video games
- Devin Booker (Suns): 32.5 ppg over 4 video games
- Jayson Tatum (Celtics): 32.5 ppg over 4 video games
- Damian Lillard (Blazers): 31 ppg over 5 video games
- Stephen Curry (Warriors): 30.8 ppg over 5 video games
- De’Aaron Fox (Kings): 30.5 ppg over 4 video games
Doncic is coming off a 40-point triple-double in Dallas’ extra time win over Brooklyn on Sunday. Doncic completed with 41 factors, 11 rebounds and 14 assists within the 129-125 win, whereas Durant completed with 37 within the loss.
The one factor that has been in a position to decelerate Antetokounmpo on offense is the schedule because the Bucks have performed a league-low three video games to date. After opening the season with 21 factors in a win towards Philadelphia, Antetokounmpo has posted back-to-back video games of 44 and 43 factors, respectively, whereas capturing 71.7% from the sphere.
4. Clarkson, Jazz delivering in clutch
Utah (4-1) has been one of many shock tales to open 2022-23 with it tied for the highest file within the Western Convention after an offseason that noticed them commerce two All-Stars, two starters and substitute its coach.
A key to the Jazz’s early success has been their capability to ship in clutch conditions, as 4 of their first 5 video games have featured clutch time (when the rating inside 5 factors within the last 5 minutes of regulation or extra time). Utah has scored a league-high 55 clutch factors, outscoring their opponents by a complete of 10 factors in 25 clutch minutes.
Twenty of these 55 clutch factors have come from Jordan Clarkson, who leads all gamers in clutch scoring and is capturing 7-of-15 from the sphere and 5-of-10 from 3-point vary in clutch conditions. Can Clarkson and the Jazz sustain this stage of play in shut video games all through the season?
5. Philly’s ‘Houston’ offense
This offseason was dubbed as a Rockets reunion in Philadelphia as Daryl Morey — the present GM of the Sixers and former GM of the Rockets — added former Houston gamers PJ Tucker, Danuel Home and Montrezl Harrell to the Sixers roster whereas additionally re-signing James Harden , who posted the very best seasons of his profession in Houston. Via the primary 10 days, the numbers present that it is not solely the personnel, but additionally the fashion of play, that’s paying homage to Harden’s run in Houston.
Final season, the Sixers ranked tenth in each factors per sport (7.8) and frequency (7.8%) of offensive performs approaching isolations. Via the primary 5 video games of this season, the Sixers rank first in factors per sport (19.8) and second in frequency (12.8%) on isolations. Solely Dallas runs extra isolations than the Sixers to date this season. With that being stated, the Sixers have been very environment friendly on these isolation performs, scoring a league-best 1.52 factors per possession. Nevertheless, the Sixers are simply 1-4 via their first 5 video games.
6. Proportion of 3-point shot dips
Excluding a slight plateau from 2009-12, the proportion of whole area purpose makes an attempt coming from 3-point vary has steadily risen over the previous 25 seasons — from 15.9% in 1997-98 to 39.9% final season. The proportion has skyrocketed over the previous decade — from 22.6% in 2011-12 to 39.9% in 2021-22.
Following the pattern, 3-point makes an attempt had been on tempo to account for greater than 40% of all photographs this season. However via the primary 10 days, that hasn’t been the case as 38.2% of all photographs have come from past the arc.
Given the small pattern measurement, these numbers may simply climb again up and surpass the 40% mark for the primary time in league historical past. However think about this: final season the distinction between the primary 10 days (39.98% of all area purpose makes an attempt got here from 3-point vary) and your complete season (39.92%) was miniscule.
7. Lakers anemic offense
The 2 groups from Los Angeles have the 2 lowest offensive effectivity scores after the primary 10 days of the season. The Clippers are twenty ninth (102.2 factors per 100 possessions), nicely under the league common of 111.4 to date this season. The Lakers have been 5.3 factors per 100 possessions worse than the Clippers, with an offensive ranking of 96.9.
To place that quantity in perspective, the league-low a season in the past was 103.8 (by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder). The final sub-100 offensive ranking was posted in 2015-16 by the Philadelphia 76ers, who went 10-72. Once more, this can be a small pattern measurement and the Lakers have time to get issues again on monitor … however they’ve dug themselves fairly a gap to open 2022-23.
Whereas the Lakers have been dreadful on offense to date this season, they do have the NBA’s fourth-ranked protection (permitting 104.0 factors per 100 possessions). If they’ll by some means couple a mean offense with their elite protection, they are going to be advantageous.
However to do this they must shoot the ball higher from everywhere in the court docket. Not solely are the Lakers the worst 3-point capturing group (22.3%) within the league by a large margin (the Magic rank twenty ninth at 29.9%), their capturing woes aren’t restricted to photographs coming from past 22 toes. Whereas the Lakers lead the league in scoring (46.6 ppg) and rank third in capturing (71.0%) contained in the restricted space, they’re capturing 31.5% (29-of-92) on two-point photographs outdoors the restricted space.
8. Leaders by zone via 10 days
When wanting on the early scoring information from across the court docket, we see some very acquainted faces of their favourite locations … in addition to a pair new faces on the leaderboard. Unsurprisingly, Antetokounmpo leads the way in which in scoring contained in the restricted space, DeMar DeRozan is as soon as once more dominant from mid-range and Stephen Curry units the usual on 3-pointers.
However it’s fascinating to see De’Aaron Fox topping the listing of scorers contained in the paint however outdoors the restricted space. We additionally get a few younger shooters main the way in which from the corners in Cam Johnson and Michael Porter Jr.
Restricted Space: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 10.7 fgm/sport on 86.5% capturing (1.7 extra fgm than every other participant)
Paint Non-RA: De’Aaron Fox: 4.5 fgm/sport on 69.2% capturing (1.1 extra fgm than every other participant)
Mid Vary: DeMar DeRozan: 5.4 fgm/sport on 54% capturing (1.4 extra fgm than every other participant
Nook 3s: Cam Johnson 1.8 3pm/sport on 70% capturing; Michael Porter Jr. 1.8 3pm/sport on 63.6% capturing
Above Break 3s: Stephen Curry: 5.0 3pm/sport on 49.0% capturing (1.2 extra 3s than every other participant)
9. Mavs’ offense, Bucks’ protection shine shiny
In 2019-20, the Dallas Mavericks posted the highest offensive ranking in NBA historical past with 115.9 factors per 100 possessions. Their reign within the file books didn’t final lengthy because it was topped by a number of groups in 2020-21, with Brooklyn taking the title at 117.3. That mark was not topped final season, however may it’s threatened in 2022-23?
Under are the highest 5 offenses within the league via the primary 10 days of the season, and as soon as once more we discover the Mavericks on the high of the listing with an offensive ranking of 122.3 via their first 4 video games.
Prime 5 offenses
- Dallas 122.3 (2-2)
- New Orleans 118.7 (3-1)
- Boston 118.3 (3-1)
- Memphis 117.9 (4-1)
- Charlotte 117.7 (2-2)
If the Mavs do hope to be the highest offensive group within the league, they’re going to should cope with a lot stingier defenses this season. Dallas has confronted just one top-five ranked protection: the Suns, who held Dallas to 105 factors within the season-opener (a season-low for the Mavs).
Prime 5 defenses
- Milwaukee 98.3 (3-0)
- Cleveland 102 (3-1)
- Phoenix 103.5 (3-1)
- LA Lakers 104 (0-4)
- Washington 105 (3-1)
10. Time for some extra Kawhi?
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has appeared in solely two of LA’s 5 video games to this point, coming off the bench each occasions. His numbers are stable for these restricted minutes (12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2 apg and 1.5 spg in 21 mpg).
Nevertheless, previous to the Clippers’ sport Tuesday in Oklahoma Metropolis, Leonard felt stiffness in his surgically repaired proper knee in the course of the pregame shootaround. He was dominated out of the two-game set vs. the Thunder as he returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Clippers misplaced each video games in OKC, dropping them to 2-3 after an undefeated begin. The Clippers have stated that Leonard has not suffered a setback, however this serves as a reminder of how tenuous this case is.