Stats & Info: Detroit Pistons

A night for matching up with the greats

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
This was an odd NBA night in that some decent players (though not megastars) put up statistical combinations that could be paired with some of the game’s all-time greats.

Here's three examples of what we’re talking about.

Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo
Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds in the Orlando Magic’s double-overtime win over the New York Knicks.

He’s only the second player ever to have that combo against them.

The other, via the Elias Sports Bureau, is the legendary Oscar Robertson, who did so five times.

Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond
The Detroit Pistons center had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Drummond did so despite going 0-for-8 from the free throw line. He’s one of four players in the past 50 seasons to score 20 points and go 0-for-8 or worse from the line.

The other three are Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes and Shaquille O’Neal.

Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young
The Philadelphia 76ers got routed by the Dallas Mavericks, but Young posted 30 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals in defeat.

The last player with a 30-13-6-7 game? Hakeem Olajuwon for the Houston Rockets against the Seattle SuperSonics, March 10, 1987.

Olajuwon did go one step better than Young that day: He blocked 12 SuperSonics shots in the game.

New Year's Resolutions in the NBA

December, 31, 2013
With December 31 upon us, here are some examples of stat-based New Year’s resolutions that might be on the minds of players and teams around the NBA:

Heat: Defend corner 3-pt FG
Opponents are shooting 47.1 percent on corner three-pointers against the Miami Heat, the highest percentage in the NBA this season.

Last season the Heat allowed opposing players to shoot 34.1 percent on such shots, the second-lowest percentage in the league.

LeBron James: Post up more
James is shooting 61 percent on post up plays this season, compared with 48 percent last season.

That is more than five percentage points higher than the next closest player on such plays this season (minimum 50 plays) (Brook Lopez – 56 percent). James has been in the post on 16 percent of his plays this season.

Trail Blazers: Defend the paint
The Portland Trail Blazers have allowed the most paint points per game in the NBA this season (49.2). They were outscored 68-32 in the paint in Monday’s loss to the Pelicans.

Knicks: Get healthy at point guard
The New York Knicks starting point guards are averaging a league-low 7.4 points per game this season, and 3.8 assists per game, tied for the second-fewest in the NBA. Raymond Felton has missed nine of the Knicks last 10 games and Pablo Prigioni has missed six straight.

Nets: Play better D and make a 4th-quarter comeback
The Brooklyn Nets have the fourth-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA this season (106.2 points per 100 possessions). They are 0-19 when tied or trailing entering the fourth quarter this season.

Pistons: Finish games
The Detroit Pistons have been outscored by 105 points in the fourth quarter this season, the worst score differential in the NBA. They have lost three games this season after entering the fourth quarter with a double-digit lead, and that doesn’t include a loss when leading by nine entering the fourth against the Wizards Monday.

Ricky Rubio: Improve his shot
Rubio is shooting 34.4 percent from the field, on pace to be the worst field goal percentage in the three-point era (since 1979-80) (Kemba Walker, 36.6 in 2011-12).

Russell Westbrook: Get healthy and regain explosiveness
Westbrook is shooting 30.9 percent on drives to the basket in the half court this season, the worst percentage in the league (minimum 100 drives) according to player tracking on

What stat are you looking for your team to improve in 2014 (besides wins!). Share your thoughts in the comments.
Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories.

Josh Hamilton
1. HAMILTON MAKES HISTORY: Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game on Tuesday night in Baltimore. He is the sixth player in American League history to do it, and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

2. VERY RARE OCCASION: This is the first time in major league history that a pitcher has thrown a perfect game and a hitter has hit four home runs in a game in the same season. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game earlier this season.

3. ANOTHER RECORD FOR HAMILTON: Hamilton's 18 total bases are an AL record, one shy of Shawn Green's MLB record of 19 in his four-homer game on May 23, 2002. The previous AL record was 16, done eight times.

4. COLLISON HELPS PACERS ADVANCE: The Indiana Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a win over the Orlando Magic. It is Indiana's first series win since the First Round in 2005 versus the Boston Celtics. FROM ELIAS: Darren Collison (23 assists, one turnover in series) is the first player in 22 years to have at least 20 assists and one or fewer turnovers in a playoff series. John Paxson did it for the Chicago Bulls in 1990.

5. THREE NBA TEAMS STILL FIGHTING: The Pacers were able to advance, but the Los Angeles Lakers, Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were unable to close out their respective series, as each team lost its Game Five and must play on in the First Round. FROM ELIAS: This is the first time three teams avoided elimination on the same day since April 30, 2003. The Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers all won Game Fives on that date - only the Pistons used the momentum to come back to win the series (beat Magic in seven games).

6. DEVILS ADVANCE DESPITE ODD TREND: FROM ELIAS: The New Jersey Devils lost the opener of their conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, then won the next four games. Even though Philadelphia scored the first goal in each game, New Jersey is the fourth team in NHL history to win four games in which their opponent scored the first goal in one series. Also, the Devils are the first team to do that in four consecutive games in one series. The other clubs with four such wins one series were the 1956 Detroit Red Wings (vs Toronto Maple Leafs), 1991 Edmonton Oilers (vs Calgary Flames) and 1995 Red Wings (vs Chicago Blackhawks).