Adam Silver and the NBA are all in on analytics. They implemented SportVu cameras into all 30 arenas this season, and it is giving us an unprecedented look at the NBA. The cameras really give guys like me a lot to play with, and it can tell us who is performing at a certain rate.
I was digging around on NBA.com at the new stats, and found an interesting fact. Chris Paul leads the league in passes per game. He also leads the league in assists with over 13 points per game. In certain systems, ball movement is more prevalent, so you can see bigs with high passing rates, like Derrick Favors coming in at 7th on this list. Paul is certainly the best point guard in the league, and he is the engine that gets the ball rolling for the Clippers. He has the ball in his hands a lot, so it’s no surprise that he passes so much.
Kemba Walker comes in at second on this list, and that shows that he is trying to focus on one position, instead of a combo guard. Stephen Curry is second in assists at over 9 per game, but he passes the ball only 44 times per game. That means he is getting a higher percentage of assists from his passes.
These stats really don’t mean much, but it’s fun to see all the intricacies inside the play of the NBA.