By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 7, 2010
(BASN) — Stop arguing with those losers in the barber shops about “Who Got Game”, because a true sports fan knows the real stats.
So today in the “End Zone” we take a look at some incredible individual numbers achieved last season in the NBA by some real big time ballers .
1. Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal has led the NBA in field goal percentage 10 times. In fact, he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record in 2008-2009 when he shot 60.9% from the field. Shaq’s career mark is second to Artis Gilmore’s (59.9%)
2. Boston’s Ray Allen shot 95.2% from the free throw line last season which is the highest percentage in 13 years in the NBA and a record for the Boston Celtics.
3. Rashard Lewis hit 220 three points last season for Orlando, which was the most in the NBA.
4. New Orleans’ Chris Paul has averaged 20 points, 10 assists and 2.5 steals for two consecutive seasons. The other player to achieve such averages even once was Isiah Thomas, who averaged 21.3 ppg, 11.1 apg, 2.5 spg in 1983-84.
5. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored at least 20 points 101 times before his 21st birthday. He ranks second all time in that category to LeBron James, who scored 20 or more points in 131 games.
6. During the 2008-09 season, Sacramento’s Kevin Martin made nine free throws per game. Only Adrian Dantley (10.3, 9.5), Michael Jordan (10.2), Allen Iverson (9.4) and Moses Malone (9.3) averaged more in a season.
7. Last season in 63 games, Dallas’ Jason Terry averaged 19.6 points per game coming off the bench, which is the highest for a reserve since (1990-91) when Seattle’s Ricky Pierce averaged 20.5 points.
8. New York’s David Lee had 65 double-doubles last season which was the most in the NBA.