We are only one week into the season and there is already so much to experience and so much that has exceeded expectations.
While nine days is clearly a small sample size, here are the league’s most surprising stats to date:
- Steph Curry averages more rebounds per game (8.3) than Karl-Anthony Towns (7.8) and Joel Embiid (7.3).
- Ja Morant leads the league with 30.5 points per game.
MORANT. NOT POSSIBLE. pic.twitter.com/fss4Fg3HEv
– Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 25, 2021
- The Memphis Grizzlies have the best offense in the league (115.1). They also have the worst defense in the league (117.1 rating).
- The Charlotte Hornets have the second best offensive in the league (114.8 rating).
- CJ McCollum leads the league in three points per game (5).
- Damian Lillard shoots 17.1 percent of three and only averages 17.8 points per game (52nd).
- James Harden has an average of 16.6 points per game (61st).
- Chris Duarte, who was drafted to 13th overall by the Indiana Pacers, leads all rookies with 18.6 points per game.
- Harrison Barnes is in the top 10 in the score (7th exactly) with an average of 26.8 PPG and 10.0 RPG at 51.5 percent three-point shooting.
HB FOR THE PROFIT !! pic.twitter.com/vZhw8aTaN2
– Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) October 28, 2021
- Miles Bridges averages 26.2 points per game, more than LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Devin Booker.
- The Knicks take (46) and do (17.5) more threes than any other team.
Lots of threesomes.
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 considered to be one of the worst teams in the league.
- The Chicago Bulls are the last undefeated team in the east with 4-0.
- The Lakers are playing at the second fastest pace in the league, despite having by far the oldest roster in the NBA.
A whole season full of surprises.