NBA Advanced Stats Update and Notes

Kawhi Leonard

NBA Advanced Stats

At this point, most teams have played their first 20+ games of the season. We only get 72 games this year, so it’s a good time to check-in and take note of some vital NBA Advanced Stats. There are also a few buy low candidates listed throughout. Be sure to let us know whose production was most surprising thus far.

Player Efficiency Rating – PER

“A measure of per-minute production standardized such that the league average is 15.”
  1. Joel Embiid (31.3)
  2. Nikola Jokic (31.2)
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.1)
  4. Kawhi Leonard (27.1)
  5. Damian Lillard (26.5)
  6. CJ McCollum (26.3)
  7. Kevin Durant (25.8)
  8. Stephen Curry (25.5)
  9. Luka Doncic (25.3)
  10. Bradley Beal (25.1) 

“The PER sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance.” 

The biggest takeaway from this top ten is the rise of Kawhi Leonard. He’s been heating up in recent weeks, and the Clippers have reaped the benefits. The Clippers just lost two close games, but before those games, the Clippers only lost three out of 15 games. 

CJ McCollum is still hanging around despite his injury; I expect Lebron James or Zion Williamson to snag his spot on the next update. Embiid, Jokic, Giannis, and Curry are the only surviving players from our previous update. I’m afraid Curry’s efficiency could continue to fall if he doesn’t steady his production; he’s had a few rough outings in recent weeks. 

Luka Donic’s production has been incredible, but it would be even better if it did something to help his team win games; I suppose we should note the same for Bradley Beal. Kevin Durant is doing Kevin Durant things; he looks youthful and spry and mirrors the player he was before his ruptured Achilles. I hope Kevin Durant stays this efficient all year; the Nets will need it to make a playoff run. 


Jarrett Allen

True Shooting Percentage – TS%

“A measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-pt field goals, and free throws.”
  1. Jarrett Allen (.724)
  2. Richaun Holmes (.688)
  3. Daniel Thies (.681)
  4. Joe Harris (.680)
  5. Joel Embiid (.676)
  6. Nicolas Batum (.675)
  7. Montrezl Harrell (.669)
  8. Jeff Green (.666) 
  9. Paul George (.662)
  10. Kevin Durant (.660)
  11. Stephen Curry (.655)

Stephen Curry fell ten spots from our last NBA Advanced Stats update; he was ranked first in this category through this season’s first twelve games. Jarrett Allen is still providing great production despite playing behind Andre Drummond in Cleveland. I liked his value more with the Nets but consider him a buy-low candidate; if you have depth at guard, he’s a big man I would target in a fantasy trade. 

I like what I see from Joe Harris and Jeff Green in Brooklyn. They are playing great behind the elite top three in Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. It would be best if you looked to add them in waivers if possible. If one of the big three were to get injured, their production would soar. 

Montrezl Harrell is someone I want in on as well! He’s playing great basketball as of late. He’s scoring more than usual and grabbing rebounds consistently. Players like Harrell, Thies, Green, and Harris benefit from playing with Elite NBA player combinations; the Elite players are doing their jobs by getting these guys great open looks. 



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