- Magic Johnson = 33,245 regular season minutes + 7,538 playoff minutes = 40,783 total minutes
- Larry Bird = 34,443 regular season minutes + 6,886 playoff minutes = 41,329 total minutes
- LeBron James = 34,860 regular season minutes + 6,717 playoff minutes = 41,577 total minutes
First edition – click here – dated November 10th.
This is an update to that post. 82.1
- Kobe Bryant just shot 8-30 FGAs for 25 points while hitting 6-6 from the FT line and turning the ball over 9 times in a 7 point loss to the Sacramento Kings.That is a total of 42 possession to net 25 points equaling 0.595 points per possession. Obviously a disgraceful number.
- The Lakers have played 27 games but have won only 8 games. They have lost 19 games.
- Kobe Bryant is now averaging 24.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg in 35.5mpg.
- Kobe Bryant is shooting 37.1% from the field, 27% from three and is up to 81% from the FT line. Big increase in free throw shooting percentage since early in the season.
- Those 24.6ppg are coming from 22.4 FGAs per game, 8 FTAs per game and 3.5 TOs per game. A total of 29.9 possessions (FGAs + 0.5FTAs + TOs) to net 24.6ppg for an average of 0.823 points per possession.
- An average shooting guard is scoring at 0.926 points per possession this season. That is a huge difference = 0.100 points per possession.
Rondo’s scoring has been a big problem this year.
In the past, Rondo was an above average scorer in (1) interior shots (2) transition (3) cuts. He developed into a capable midrange shooter.
His outside shooting and FT shooting has always been a problem but he was an asset in those other areas as a scorer.
However, this year, Rondo’s scoring utility has dropped off in all the strong areas of his game scoring wise as well as struggling with his jumper. This has made him a very large liability in terms of scoring and I think comparable to someone like Ricky Rubio. This is a big drop-off from his scoring in the 2008-2012 seasons.
This to me is the main reason for the drop-off in his performance and the area he will need to correct in order to reestablish himself as one of the top PGs in the league. I am confident Rondo can do that given time as he continues to get himself healthy after the knee injury and the broken hand he suffered at start of the season.
But until he does so, Rondo is on the outside looking in amongst the top PGs in the league.