NBA Regular Season Stats 2013-14: Final Leaders in Major Categories
Now that the 2013-14 NBA regular season is officially over, it's time to recap which players padded their resumes with impressive statistical outputs.
Whether it was Kevin Durant taking the league by storm thanks to unprecedented displays of pure scoring ability or Chris Paul racking up assists while picking apart opposing defenses, a fresh campaign provided us with several new league leaders in key categories.
And if there's one major takeaway from this year's final league leaders, it's that members of the NBA's youth movement are starting to establish themselves among the Association's most prominent names, especially as it pertains to assists, steals and blocks per game.
Leaderboard—Points Per game
1. Kevin Durant, SF, OKC (32.0 per game)
2. Carmelo Anthony, SF, NYK (27.4 per game)
3. LeBron James, SF, MIA (27.1 per game)
4. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (26.2 per game)
5. James Harden, SG, HOU (25.4 per game)
1. Kevin Durant, SF, OKC (2,593)
2. Carmelo Anthony, SF, NYK (2,112)
3. LeBron James, SF, MIA (2,089)
4. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (2,010)
5. Blake Griffin, PF, LAC (1,930)
No surprises here. Kevin Durant's had a lock on the league's scoring title for weeks now, and it was only fitting that he exploded for 42 points in a come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Pistons on the final day of the regular season.
Durant has now won the scoring title in four of his last five seasons and set a new career high by averaging 32 points while falling just short of cracking the 50-40-90 club for the second season in a row. All told, Durant shot 50.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three and 87.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Those numbers should be plenty strong enough to grant Durant his first career-MVP award, and LeBron James recently admitted as much: "I would say he's the most consistent player as far as MVP this year," James said of Durant, according to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick.
We shouldn't overlook the efficiency with which Anthony scored the ball, either. In arguably his most efficient season as a scorer, Melo shot 45.2 percent from the field and a career-best 40.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Leaderboard—Assists Per Game
1. Chris Paul, PG, LAC (10.7 per game)
2. John Wall, PG, WAS (8.8 per game)
3. Ty Lawson, PG, DEN (8.8 per game)
4. Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN (8.6 per game)
5. Stephen Curry, PG, GSW (8.5 per game)
1. John Wall, PG, Was (721)
2. Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN (703)
3. Stephen Curry, PG, GSW (666)
4. Chris Paul, PG, LAC (663)
5. Brandon Jennings, PG, DET (609)
Chris Paul ran away with the assists per game crown, but it's worth noting that he did so in considerably fewer games than his competition.
The league's leading assist man in terms of total dimes, John Wall appeared in all 82 games while Paul was forced to miss 20 games—or roughly a quarter of the season—to rehabilitate a separated shoulder.
That said, Paul continued to establish himself as the league's premier floor general behind 10.7 assists per game, stealing the title from Rajon Rondo, who failed to meet the qualification benchmarks after appearing in just 30 games. For what it's worth, Rondo finished the season averaging 9.8 assists.
Leaderboard—Rebounds Per Game
1. DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC (13.8 per game)
2. Andre Drummond, C, DET (13.2 per game)
3. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (12.5 per game)
4. Dwight Howard, C, HOU (12.2 per game)
5. DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC (11.7 per game)
1. DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC (1,114)
2. Andre Drummond, C, DET (1,071)
3. Kevin Love, PF, MIN (963)
4. Joakim Noah, C, CHI (900)
5. Dwight Howard, C, HOU (866)
After finishing 31st in rebounds per game last season, DeAndre Jordan asserted his dominance on the glass in 2013-14 to the tune of nearly 14 rebounds per game, separating himself from worthy adversaries like Drummond, Love and Howard.
Prior to his explosive campaign under Doc Rivers, Jordan had never averaged more than 8.3 rebounds over the course of a single season, making his emergence that much more impressive.
Not only that, but according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi, Jordan became just the third player in league history to finish as the league leader in rebounding and field-goal percentage, joining Howard and Wilt Chamberlain as the only big men to accomplish the historic feat.
Leaderboard—Steals Per Game
1. Chris Paul, PG, LAC (2.5 per game)
2. Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN (2.3 per game)
3. Thaddeus Young, PF, PHI (2.1 per game)
T-4. Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI (1.9 per game)
T-4. Paul George, SF, IND (1.9 per game)
T-4. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, PHI (1.9 per game)
T-4. Corey Brewer, SF, MIN (1.9 per game)
1. Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN (190)
2. Thaddeus Young, PF, PHI (167)
3. Chris Paul, PG, LAC (154)
4. Paul George, SF, IND (151)
5. Corey Brewer, SF, MIN (150)
Who else but Chris Paul?
While the nightly assists crown was a pleasant surprise for the Los Angeles Clippers point man, Paul was the unquestioned favorite to take home the steals-per-game title prior to the season.
With 2.5 takeaways per game under his belt, Paul has now averaged at least two steals in eight of his nine professional seasons and seven in a row dating back to his days with the New Orleans Hornets in 2007-08.
All told, Paul has won the outright steals belt four years in a row and in six of his last seven seasons.
Leaderboard—Blocks Per Game
1. Anthony Davis, PF, NOP (2.8 per game)
2. Serge Ibaka, PF, OKC (2.7 per game)
3. DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC (2.5 per game)
4. Roy Hibbert, C, IND (2.3 per game)
5. Tim Duncan, PF, SAS (1.9 per game)
1. Serge Ibaka, PF, OKC (219)
2. DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC (203)
3. Anthony Davis, PF, NOP (189)
4. Roy Hibbert, C, IND (182)
5. Robin Lopez, C, POR (139)
As Bleacher Report's Jared Dubin wrote back in January, Anthony Davis "...blocks jump-shooters, drivers and post-up players alike with the ease with which you or I might brush our teeth in the morning."
And boy did opponents learn that the hard way during Davis' breakout sophomore campaign.
A contender for Most Improved Player of the Year, Davis took the Association by storm with his unique blend of athleticism and elite length, which helped limit opponents to 48.9 percent shooting at the rim, the ninth-best mark among players who averaged at least 35 minutes this season, according to the NBA's SportVu player tracking data.
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