Monday, May 05, 2014

2014 NBA PLAYOFFS: MOST IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS IN THE FIRST ROUND.

Most impressive "ATTACK / EFFICIENCY / DEFENSE" players statistics in the 2014 NBA PLAYOFFS: First round.


A. ATTACK/EFFICIENCY.
The most exciting part of the year in “planet basket” has begun with the playoffs in NBA. It’s time to look at the most impressive statistics so far after the first round.
As usual, I began with my benchmark of "all around/versatile player" (a similar benchmark to the one used to determine my G.O.A.T/per decade, while less focused on defense and efficiency; see my article: What do the statistics say about who should be the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T)? PART 1.).
A special mention must be made to 2 players in this first round.
Firstly, LEBRON JAMES is the only one to play a game (a) with at least 30 Pts, 10 Rbs, 5 Ast and a field goal % above 50%. By doing this, he joins the top 3 of an illustrious list of players that did it in the playoffs since 1986 (among the best to ever play; data available only since 1986 for games).

a. From 1986 to 2014, in the playoffs, requiring Points >= 30 and Total Rebounds >= 10 and Assists >= 5 and Field Goal Pct >= 0.5, sorted by most games matching criteria (link to the full data).
Rk
Player
From
To
Count
1
1986
1999
2
1995
2006
3
2002
2008
8
4
2009
2014
8
5
1989
1997
8
6
1987
1997
7
7
1994
1998
6
8
1986
1987
4
9
1990
1993
4
10
2007
2010
3
11
2012
2013
3
12
2006
2009
3
13
2006
2011
3
14
1987
1991
2
15
2003
2010
2

Secondly, TIM BUNCAN became only the third player (aged 37 and more) in the history of NBA playoffs to average (b) at least 17 Pts, 8 Rbs, 1 Ast with a TS% above 52.5%.

b. In the playoffs; from 1946-47 to 2013-14; age 37 or older; requiring Points Per Game >= 17 and Rebounds Per Game >= 8 and Assists Per Game >= 1 and True Shooting Pct >= 0.525.




Per Game
Player
Season
Age
G
MP
TRB
AST
STL
BLK
TOV
PF
PTS 
2P%
FT%
TS%
1984-85
37
19
32.1
8.1
4.0
1.2
1.9
2.7
3.5
21.9
.560
.777
.602
2013-14
37
7
34.9
8.4
1.3
0.1
1.9
0.7
2.6
17.3
.580
.731
.608
1992-93
39
4
36.5
9.5
1.3
0.3
1.5
1.5
3.5
17.0
.544
.857
.566

I then screened (c) the most efficient shooters so far in playoffs (see my article on the best efficient shooters ever in NBA history in the regular season). 

c. In 2014, in the playoffs, requiring 2-PT Field Goal Pct >= 0.5 and 3-Pt Field Goal Pct >= 0.4 and Free Throw Pct >= 0.9 and Minutes Played >= 30, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Pos
From
To
Count
1
G
2014
2014
2
2
F
2014
2014
2
3
G
2014
2014
1
4
G
2014
2014
1
5
G
2014
2014
1
6
G
2014
2014
1
7
F
2014
2014
1
8
F
2014
2014
1
9
G
2014
2014
1
10
F
2014
2014
1
11
G
2014
2014
1
12
G
2014
2014
1
13
F
2014
2014
1
14
F
2014
2014
1
15
G
2014
2014
1
16
G
2014
2014
1
17
G
2014
2014
1
18
F
2014
2014
1
19
F
2014
2014
1
20
G
2014
2014
1



B. DEFENSE.
On defense, I focused on 2 different sets of data. The first one (a) looks at player impact on opponents points (a global view of the impact of the defense), defensive player impact on opponents’ offensive rebounds (the fewer offensive rebounds, the less second chance points by opponents) and opponents' field goal % (a good defense imply a lower field goal %). Finally, I screened (b) individual statistics specific to defense (defensive rebounds, steals and blocks).
Here to, a special mention must be made to Tim Duncan, who at age 38, appeared in my 2 different sets of statistics.

a. Per 48 minutes, in 2013-14, in the playoffs, requiring Opponent Offensive Rebounds <= 10 and Opponent Field Goal Pct <= 0.35 and Opponent Points <= 80 and Minutes Played >= 30, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Season
Count
1
2013-14
1
2
2013-14
1
3
2013-14
1
4
2013-14
1
5
2013-14
1

b. In 2014, in the playoffs, requiring Defensive Rebounds >= 6 and Blocks >= 1 and Steals >= 1 and Minutes Played >= 30, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
3
2
3
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
2
7
2
8
2
9
2
10
2
11
2
12
1
13
1
14
1
15
1
16
1
17
1
18
1
19
1
20
1
21
1
22
1
23
1
24
1
25
1
26
1
27
1
28
1
29
1
30
1


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