In the very young 2010-2011 NBA season, there are definitely some shocking statistics after the first six or so games.
The interesting thing will be whether or not certain players or teams can continue this success, or lack of, throughout the entire season.
Is it just a fluke or have some players greatly improved from last season?
These surprising statistics are comprised of some big-name players putting up incredible numbers, as well as some unfamiliar names consistently standing out on the stat sheets.
Here are 20 shocking statistics from the very young 2010-2011 NBA season.
Derek Fisher most likely missed this lay-up as Toronto Raptors PF Reggie Evans recorded another rebound.
Evans is averaging 13 rebounds a game. He is currently ranked second for most rebounds behind Joakim Noah.
In the 2004-2005 season, Evans averaged 9.3 rebounds with the Seattle Supersonics.
I doubt Evans will average ten rebounds or more at the end of the season.
Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo is clearly trying to prove that he is the best point guard in the NBA.
He is averaging an amazing 14.7 assists per game. He is also averaging 11.1 points.
Last year he just missed averaging ten assists per game. Expect him to do it this year.
Rudy Gay is off to a great start. He is averaging 27.1 points, which makes him third in the league behind Kevin Durant and Monta Ellis.
Gay's highest scoring average of his career came in 2007-2008 season when he scored 20.1 points per game.
If his production continues, expect the Memphis Grizzles to finally find themselves out of the lottery.
Houston Rockets PF Luis Scola is currently averaging a double-double.
He is third in the NBA in rebounds with an average of 12.3. Scola is also scoring 22.5 points per game.
Scola has improved steadily during his career. Last season he averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds.
Washington Wizards PG John Wall was the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Wall is certainly proving that it was the right decision. He is currently averaging 9.6 assists per game and just missing a double-double average.
The former Kentucky star is also scoring 19.6 points per game along with 2.6 steals.
Alert! Alert! Darko Milicic has finally appeared on the NBA radar.
The Minnesota Timberwolves is currently posting an average of 2.71 blocks a game. Milicic is ranked fourth in the NBA in blocks.
Los Angeles Clippers PF Blake Griffin is quickly establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the NBA after missing his first season due to injury.
Griffin is currently averaging a double-double with 18.2 points and 11 rebounds.
However, the Clippers have a record of 1-6.
The Houston Rockets are currently the second best offense in the NBA by averaging 112 points per game.
However, they have an awful record of 1-5. Why?
Houston is ranked 29th in defense by allowing an average of 112.7 points.
That .7 of a point is really killing them.
The top five players in turnovers are all great players. This may be a very common occurrence, but it is still very interesting.
Here are the NBA leaders in most turnovers per game:
- John Wall: 5.8
- Steve Nash: 5.0
- Derrick Rose: 4.8
- LeBron James: 4.7
- Amare Stoudemire: 4.7 (*Way too many for a big man)
When LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat, everyone knew that his scoring production would decrease.
However, most did not think it would decrease this much. James is averaging only 20.7 points per game.
He is currently 19th in the NBA in scoring and is averaging 3.4 points less than Dwyane Wade.
James will most likely improve his scoring average, but it will be interesting to see who leads Miami in scoring at the end of the season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting to the foul line and converting on their opportunities.
The team's free-throws-made-differential per game is +10.5. That means that the Thunder are scoring ten more points than their opponents from the foul line per game.
They lead the NBA in this statistic and the next closest team is the Orlando Magic, who have an average differential of +5.5.
One would think the Thunder should be better than 3-3 with this stat on their side.
Milwaukee Bucks C Andrew Bogut is another player that is averaging a double-double.
Bogut is scoring an average of 14.8 points and racking up 11.5 rebounds per game.
If Bogut continues his success, he will average a double-double for the third year in a row.
It may be time for Bogut to get more credit for his play.
Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah may be one of the three best centers in the NBA.
Noah is leading the NBA in rebounding with 14.2 per game.
He is also scoring 16.2 points per game, which gives him a double-double average.
Noah has improved throughout his career and he may find himself regularly in the All-Star Game.
Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Portland Trail Blazers PG Andre Miller currently lead the league in technical fouls.
Both players already have three technical fouls this season.
Miller and Ilgauskas are not players that usually cause the most trouble on the court.
San Antonio Spurs SF Richard Jefferson is shooting lights out this season and ranked third in the NBA behind two big men.
Jefferson is currently making 64.8% of his shots, including 60% of three-point shot attempts.
He is a career 47% shooter. Not bad for small forward/guard.
The New Orleans Hornets are one of two undefeated teams in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers are 7-0.
Chris Paul and the Hornets have started the season 6-0.
New Orleans is not even scoring 100 points a game and they still have been winning.
What is most impressive is that the Hornets recently defeated the Miami Heat.
It will be interesting to see how well New Orleans plays for the rest of the season.
New Orleans Hornets C Emeka Okafor is leading the NBA in field goal percentage.
Okafor is currently shooting 71.8% from the field. Al Horford comes in at second, as he is shooting 65.4% on the season.
Okafor blows away the competition in that statistic category. However, he is only averaging 12.3 points is less than 30 minutes.
He either needs to take more shots or get more playing time.
The Miami Heat are currently allowing the fewest points in the NBA.
The Heat are only allowing an average of 86.4 points per game, which is better than the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.
No one really talked about the team's defense in relation to NBA Championship hopes.
If Miami can continue their success on defense, they should easily win the Eastern Conference.
Minnesota Timberwolves PF Kevin Love is fourth in the NBA in rebounding.
The former UCLA star is averaging 11.7 rebounds per game. Love is also scoring 16.9 points per game, which gives him a double-double average.
Love is attempting to average a double-double for the second season in a row and is currently putting up career-best averages.
His next statistic is more shocking.
Kevin Love is only averaging 27 minutes per game this season. It is amazing that he is averaging a double-double in less than 30 minutes.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a record of 1-6 and it only makes sense to give Love more minutes.
He led the team in minutes with 30 in his last game, but that is still not enough.
Love leads the team in both rebounds and scoring.
Head coach Kurt Rambis better put his glasses back on and realize that Love is Minnesota's best player.