We’re just over a week into the season and already there is so much to take in, and so much that has defied expectations.
While nine days is clearly a small sample size, here are the most surprising stats around the league so far:
- Steph Curry is averaging more rebounds per game (8.3) than Karl-Anthony Towns (7.8) and Joel Embiid (7.3).
- Ja Morant leads the league in scoring with 30.5 points per game.
MORANT. IMPOSSIBLE. pic.twitter.com/fss4Fg3HEv
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 25, 2021
- The Memphis Grizzlies have the league’s best offence (115.1) rating. They also have the league’s worst defense (117.1 rating).
- The Charlotte Hornets have the league’s second-best offence (114.8 rating).
- CJ McCollum leads the league in threes made per game (5).
- Damian Lillard is shooting 17.1 percent from three and averaging just 17.8 points per game (52nd).
- James Harden is averaging 16.6 points per game (61st).
- Chris Duarte, who was drafted 13th overall by the Indiana Pacers, leads all rookies in scoring with 18.6 points per game.
- Harrison Barnes is top 10 in scoring (7th to precise), with averages of 26.8 PPG and 10.0 RPG on 51.5 percent three-point shooting.
HB FOR THE WIN!! pic.twitter.com/vZhw8aTaN2
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) October 28, 2021
- Miles Bridges is averaging 26.2 points per game, which is more than LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Devin Booker.
- The Knicks are taking (46) and making (17.5) more threes than any other team.
A whole lotta threes.
24 marks a new franchise record. 👌 pic.twitter.com/qAUFIW1H4E
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 23, 2021
- The Houston Rockets are the third-best three-point shooting team (40.8 percent) despite being widely projected as one of the worst teams in the league.
- The Chicago Bulls are the last undefeated team in the East at 4-0.
- The Lakers are playing at the second-fastest pace in the league despite having the NBA’s oldest roster by far.
Here’s to a full season of surprises.