Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blame it on the Lockout

An early look at some NBA comparative stats.

Blame it on the Lockout

It looks like not many NBA players did their three-point shooting homework over the lockout.

Over the first two days of the season (17 games), the league is shooting 32.3% from the arc. Through the first two days last season, the percentage was 36.7%. (That dropped off to 35.8% for the entire season.)

A look at some of the other numbers in the early going:

  First 2 Days  
(16 Games)

  Full Season  
  First 2 Days 
(17 Games)
Field Goal Pct. 45.2% 45.9% 43.7%
   2-Pt. FG Pct. 47.4% 48.9% 47.3%
   3-Pt. FG Pct. 36.7% 35.8% 32.3%
Free Throw Pct.     76.2% 76.3% 73.9%
Assists/FGM .569 .577 .576
TO/Game 15.2 14.3 14.9
Points/Game 101.5 99.6 95.1
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