Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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

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


A. ATTACK/EFFICIENCY.
The most exciting part of the year in “planet basket” has begun with the playoffs in NBA. Few days ago, we looked at the most impressive statistics in the first round (link to the article). Today, we screened data for the second 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 3 players in this second round.
Firstly, Tim Duncan continues to amass records while getting older. Thus, he is only the second player in history of playoffs (since 1985) to play a game (a) with at least 10 Pts, 6 Rbs, 3 Ast and 3 Blocks (the other being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

a. In multiple seasons, from 1985 to 2014, age 38 or older, in the playoffs, requiring Points >= 10 and Total Rebounds >= 6 and Assists >= 3 and Blocks >= 3, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
From
To
Count
1
1985
1988
6
2
2014
2014
1

Secondly, two teammates, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (first time for the latest) were the only players to reach the following statistics: (b) at least 30 Pts, 10 Rbs, 5 Ast and a field goal % above 50%. By doing this, Kevin Durant reaches the top 10 of an illustrious list of players that did it in the playoffs since 1985 (among the best to ever play; data available only since 1985 for games).

b. From 1985 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
1985
1987
8
4
1989
1997
8
5
Tim Duncan
2002
2008
8
6
2009
2014
8
7
1987
1997
7
8
1994
1998
6
9
1990
1993
4
10
2012
2014
4
11
2006
2011
3
12
2006
2009
3
13
2007
2010
3
14
1987
1991
2
15
2003
2010
2

Furthermore, Kevin Durant is only one of the four players in the history of playoffs to play a game with at least (c) at least 39 Pts, 16 Rbs, 5 Ast and a field goal % above 50% (since 1985).

c. In multiple seasons, from 1985 to 2014, in the playoffs, requiring Points >= 39 and Total Rebounds >= 16 and Assists >= 5 and Field Goal Pct >= 0.5, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
From 
To
Count
1
2014
2014
1
2
2012
2012
1
3
2001
2001
1
4
1992
1992
1

I then screened (d) the most efficient shooters in the conference semifinals (see my article on the best efficient shooters ever in NBA history in the regular season). 

d. In 2014, in the playoffs, round is Conference Semifinals, requiring 2-PT Field Goal Pct >= 0.5 and 3-Pt Field Goals >= 0.4 and Free Throw Pct >= 0.9 and Minutes Played >= 30, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
2
2
2
3
1
4
1
5
1
6
1
7
1
8
1
9
1
10
1
11
1
12
1
13
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).
Marcin Gortat is the only player who appears in my 2 different sets of statistics.

a. Per 48 minutes, in 2013-14, in the playoffs, round is Conference Semifinals, 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
2
2
2013-14
2
3
2013-14
1
4
2013-14
1
5
2013-14
1


b. In 2014, in the playoffs, round is Conference Semifinals, requiring Defensive Rebounds >= 6 and Blocks >= 1 and Steals >= 1, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
2
2
2
3
1
4
1
5
1
6
1
7
1
8
1
9
1
10
1
11
1
12
1
13
1
14
1
15
1
16
1
17
1


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