Stats & Info: Ty Lawson

All-Star cast: The case for DeRozan, Lawson

January, 28, 2014
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Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesTy Lawson has put himself among the best point guards in the game.

The NBA will announce its full All-Star Game rosters on Thursday, and a number of players have made a case to make their first appearance in the game. ESPN Stats & Information is taking a five-part look at these players.

1. The Future, Part I (John Wall and Anthony Davis)
2. The Future, Part II (DeMarcus Cousins, Lance Stephenson, Damian Lillard)
3. Emerging Talent, Part I (DeMar DeRozan, Ty Lawson)
4. Emerging Talent, Part II (Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan)
5. The Veterans (Mike Conley, Arron Afflalo, Kyle Lowry)

Here is the third installment, looking at two of the emerging talents in the NBA: DeMar DeRozan and Ty Lawson. All statistics are entering Tuesday’s games.

DeMar DeRozan
In his fifth NBA season, DeRozan is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists and minutes played for the Toronto Raptors. Only 10 players in the NBA are averaging at least 21 points, four rebounds and three assists per game this season. DeRozan is one of them. Six of the other nine are All-Star Game starters.

One of the keys for DeRozan and the entire Raptors team has been trading away Rudy Gay. Since the trade, the Raptors are 16-9, after being 7-12 at the time of the deal. The trade allowed Toronto to make DeRozan the focal point of its offense, as his usage percentage has increased from 26.2 percent to 29.4 percent.

As a result, the Raptors offensive and defensive efficiencies have improved by a combined 6.6 points per 100 possessions with DeRozan on the floor.

The change in the way the Raptors have used DeRozan has also contributed to his rise in success, as he has been used less in isolations and more as a pick-and-roll ball handler.

DeRozan has been used as the pick-and-roll ball handler on a career-high 20 percent of his plays, up from his previous career mark of 13 percent. He scores on over 43 percent of those plays, which would rank him 12th in the NBA (minimum 100 P&R plays).

Ty Lawson
Lawson, like DeRozan, is in his fifth NBA season and has put himself among the top point guards in the league. He’s one of four players averaging at least 17 points and eight assists per game, along with Stephen Curry (an All-Star starter), Chris Paul and John Wall.

According to player tracking data from NBA.com, Lawson created 21.4 points per game from his assists. That is second only to Paul among players who have played at least 25 games this season.

Lawson also uses his speed to put the defense off balance. He averages 10.8 drives per game this season, the most in the NBA according to player tracking data on NBA.com. Those lead to 13.4 points per game, also tops in the NBA on drives.

Denver provides the ultimate home court

February, 19, 2013
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Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Nuggets play a different brand of basketball at home
The Denver Nuggets started the season 11-12 but have run off a 22-9 record since then. What changed? 17 of Denver’s first 23 games were on the road, but since then, they’ve played 19 of 31 at home.

Since the New Year, the Nuggets have the second-best record in the NBA (16-6) by reeling off 13 wins in 15 home games, including seven straight. They are currently sitting fifth in the Western conference. Tonight they host the Boston Celtics to tip off post-All-Star break action.

MUST BE THE ALTITUDE
Since 2000-01, the Nuggets have won nearly 68 percent of their home games but only 38 percent of their road games. No team has seen a higher increase in winning percentage from road to home games than the Nuggets.

HOW ARE THEY DOING IT?
At home, the Nuggets are a dynamic team that scores 110 points per 100 possessions (4th in NBA) and allows 99.5 points per 100 possessions (9th in NBA).

The Nuggets have a better offensive efficiency at home than the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers and a better defensive efficiency than the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and New York Knicks.

During the 16-6 stretch, they are forcing 17 turnovers a game, leading to 22 points per game on offense, both of which lead the NBA over this stretch. The Nuggets ability to create turnovers and willingness to get out on the break have led to a league-high 58.7 paint points per game since January 1st.

The Nuggets are having a historic year, averaging 56.8 points per game in the paint. The last team to come close to that type of production was the 1997-98 Los Angeles Lakers with 54.1 points in the paint per game.

LAST TIME THEY MET
The Celtics won at home 118-114 (OT) on February 10, part of an 8-1 stretch for the Celtics since Rajon Rondo’s injury.

Paul Pierce had his eighth career triple double (27-14-14)

The Celtics won despite giving up a season-high 62 points in the paint (outscored by 32 in the paint).

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Paul Pierce is averaging 7.2 assists per game since the Rondo’s injury (3.8 prior).

Since January 1st, Ty Lawson is scoring 19.2 points per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the field (13.6 PPG and 40.8 FG pct prior).

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