1 Eye-Popping Stat Fans Must Know About Every Projected 2013 NBA Lottery Pick

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

1 Eye-Popping Stat Fans Must Know About Every Projected 2013 NBA Lottery Pick

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    In their pursuit of college hoops success and pro recognition, the projected lottery picks of the 2013 NBA draft put up some crazy NCAA statistics.

    Some of these guys shot the lights out even though opposing defenses geared their entire game plans against them. Others were double-double machines. And some recorded outlandish efficiency numbers.

    Not all of the stats on this list are positive, however. A few of the prospects have numbers that aren't pretty at all.

    Enjoy our tour through the lottery's most eye-popping statistics.

    *Projected lottery picks based on Jonathan Wasserman's post-lottery mock draft.

    *All statistics gathered from Basketball-Reference.com and ESPN.com.

1. Nerlens Noel Posts 14 Multi-Steal Games

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    Nerlen's Noel's defensive prowess isn't limited to blocking shots. His aggressiveness, instincts and great hands led to 14 multi-steal outings in 24 games and an average of 2.1 steals per contest.

    The next time someone says, "all he does is block shots," you can point to this stat to demonstrate that he's a versatile defender.

    Offensively, he's got a lot of work to do. There's no sugarcoating that.

    But when you look at his tremendous defensive value and all the things he can do to help you win, his status as a top-tier draft pick makes sense.

2. Trey Burke Is Top 5 in Almost Everything

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    Numbers don't sufficiently illustrate how talented and competitive Michigan guard Trey Burke is.

    He does have some magnificent numbers, though.

    In 2012-13, Burke ranked in the top five in the Big Ten in the following categories:

    Minutes played (first), field goals (first), field-goal percentage (third), assists per game (third), steals per game (fifth), points per game (second), points produced per game (fifth), effective field-goal percentage (third), assist percentage (first), usage percentage (fourth) and win shares (first).

3. Otto Porter's Colossal Offensive and Defensive Ratings

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    Even though he's not a spectacular athlete or an elite, dynamic playmaker, Georgetown forward Otto Porter is a consensus top 10 projected pick because he's the best two-way player in the country.

    According to Basketball-reference.com, he's the only player in the Big East who registered top-five offensive and defensive ratings.

    His offensive rating (an estimate of the amount of points produced per 100 possessions) was 122.3 and his defensive rating (an estimate of the points allowed per 100 possessions) was 85.0.

    Those figures reflect Porter's strong fundamentals and consistent impact on both ends of the court. You can plug him into almost any franchise and he'd thrive.

4. Ben McLemore: 6 Single-Digit Scoring Outings

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    With 15.9 points per game, 42 percent field-goal shooting and a surplus of athleticism, Kansas freshman Ben McLemore solidified his place in the draft lottery.

    However, he's not quite a complete scorer yet.

    McLemore had six single-digit scoring nights, including one in the Big 12 tournament and one in the NCAA tournament. His ball-handling isn't at an advanced level yet, so sometimes he struggles to create his own shot against upper-echelon defenders.

    He'll certainly put up points in the NBA, but don't expect him to be a do-it-all superstar immediately.

5. Victor Oladipo's Phenomenal True Shooting Percentage

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    In a conference filled with superb shooters and efficient big men, Indiana wing Victor Oladipo was tops in true shooting percentage with a .671 mark.

    True shooting factors in two-point field goals, three-pointers and free-throws. Oladipo's 60 percent field-goal shooting and 44 percent from distance helped him achieve such a high mark.

    It's a testament to his shot selection, outside shooting accuracy and ability to get to the rim and finish.

    Almost every NBA club would love to have such an efficient weapon on their squad.

6. Alex Len's Massive Sophomore Production Increase

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    Upgraded footwork, a better shooting touch and increased confidence led to a huge uptick in offensive production for Maryland center Alex Len in 2012-13.

    Even though he only saw a 25 percent increase in minutes from his freshman to sophomore seasons, he notched 98 percent more points. Len scored 11.9 points per game in his second year, a major improvement over 6.0 points.

    The more comfortable and assertive he is as a post player, the better he's going to be in his first few years as a pro. Len is learning how to use his size and length to his advantage, and that's one of the qualities that makes him such an attractive prospect.

7. Michael Carter-Williams Has a Dozen Games with 5-Plus Turnovers

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    The trade-off for drafting a dynamic playmaker like Michael Carter-Williams is that he's turnover prone.

    In 12 different games, the Syracuse guard coughed up five or more turnovers. His 3.5 turnovers per game severely hurt the Orange's offensive efficiency.

    The two main sources of his giveaways were ill-advised forays into traffic and losing the ball to stronger guards.

    It's something he'll improve upon when he matures as a floor general. For now, franchises looking to give him the reins of their offense realize he's a risk/reward player.

8. Anthony Bennett Posts a Dozen Double-Doubles

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    Anthony Bennett's combination of strength, athleticism and ball skills allowed him to post big scoring and rebounding numbers as a freshman.

    He recorded 12 double-doubles en route to 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest in 2012-13.

    Most of his double-doubles were against premiere mid-major programs or major programs: 22 and 10 vs. Oregon, 25 and 13 vs. California, 15 and 13 vs. North Carolina, 17 and 12 vs. New Mexico, and 21 and 12 vs. San Diego.

    Bennett's not a tall forward, and he might play some small forward in the NBA, but he still has a 7'1" wingspan and the explosiveness to post hundreds of double-doubles in his pro career.

9. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's Elite Rebounding Numbers

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    He's not even 6'6" with shoes on, but Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope used his athleticism to snag a boatload of rebounds for the Bulldogs.

    He ranked second in the SEC in defensive rebounds in 2012-13 with 189, which is impressive considering he's a wing. His 7.1 boards per game shows that he'll be able to rebound his position successfully in the NBA.

    Clubs who are looking for a shooter who can also fit into their defensive priorities will be comfortable selecting someone like Caldwell-Pope, because he's athletic enough to guard and take care of business as a weak-side rebounder. 

10. C.J. McCollum's Ridiculous Usage Rate

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    In 2012-13, no NCAA team relied on its star player to generate offense more than Lehigh relied on C.J. McCollum.

    He led the country in usage percentage at 37.2 percent, and he produced at a high level until he broke his left foot midseason. McCollum posted 23.9 points and 2.9 assists per game while shooting a blistering 52 percent from three-point range.

    The high usage rate wasn't much of a fluke, as he led the Patriot League in usage percentage the previous two seasons.

    There are still some question marks surrounding McCollum because he comes from a smaller school, but at least NBA executives know he's able to compete possession after possession.

11. Cody Zeller's Historic PER

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    After leading the Big Ten in player efficiency rating (PER) the last couple seasons, Indiana center Cody Zeller's 30.6 mark ended up being an all-time best mark in the Big Ten (since the stat was recorded in 1997) and fifth-best in NCAA history.

    Great footwork and excellent touch around the basket allowed Zeller to finish efficiently on the low block, and he also converted at a high rate on the free-throw line. As a freshman, he shot 62 percent from the field and scored 15.6 points per game, which put him on NBA scouts' radars immediately.

    With a variety of moves and ample athleticism, Zeller could be a key contributor early in his career.

12. Mason Plumlee Puts Bennett's Double-Doubles to Shame

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    Anthony Bennett's string of double-doubles was great for a freshman, but Mason Plumlee showed him how seniors roll.

    He had six more than Bennett (18), and some of them were awesome considering the opponent.

    How about 21 points and 17 rebounds against powerhouse Ohio State? Or 23 and 13 against North Carolina? Or 17 and 12 against eventual national champion Louisville?

    Don't expect Plumlee's scoring numbers to translate to the association, but whoever drafts him will be getting a mobile, capable rebounder who can play above the rim in transition.

13. Kelly Olynyk's Field-Goal Percentage

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    Even though he attempted a wide variety of shots and Gonzaga used him seemingly on every possession, Kelly Olynyk shot a clean 63 percent from the floor.

    His conference-leading percentage came via mid-range jumpers, post-ups, runners in traffic, and three-pointers.

    Olynyk's soft hands and great control after contact enabled him to score the kind of buckets that most players would miss by a mile.

    NBA clubs are interested in his size, outside shooting and ability to create buckets as a face-up or post-up attacker.

14. Dennis Schroeder's Remarkable Wingspan

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    Without shoes, German prospect Dennis Schroeder is an unimpressive 6'1" in stature.

    NBA general managers don't worry about that number too much, because his wingspan measured nearly 6'8" (6'7.75") at the draft combine.

    That bodes well for his defensive potential, ability to pass over and around defenders, score among the trees and get his shot off over close-outs.

    We don't know how well his skills will translate from Europe, but it's clear that he'll bring a wide-ranging reach to help him execute as a floor general.

     

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