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Tom Haberstroh
16 de April de 2013, 2:59 PM
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Tired of the same old awards? Don't worry, I've got you covered.

As the wild 2012-13 season comes to a close, it's time to go deep into the numbers and recognize some of the lesser-known accomplishments of the season. After digging into the analytics within advanced stat databases such as's StatsCube, STATS LLC's SportVU and SynergySports, I've decided to dole out some statistical superlatives you probably won't find anywhere else.

Introducing the worst name ever for an NBA superlative series: the HabersTrophy.

Let's get to it.


Most Inconsistent Scorer And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Carmelo Anthony

Yes, the probable scoring champ is also the most volatile scorer in the game. Among all scorers with at least 1,000 points this season, Anthony registered the largest standard deviation of scoring outputs (9.1 points), which is just a nerdy way of saying that his point total was all over the place. To illustrate his unpredictability, he averaged 28.7 points per game, but scored exactly 28 points in just two of his 67 games. And get this: Anthony posted as many single-digit scoring games as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and James Harden combined (four).


Most Consistent Scorer And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Kevin Garnett

The opening round of the playoffs between the Knicks and the Celtics will feature two polar opposites in scoring. Garnett was a human metronome this season who averaged a solid 14.8 points, but scored more than 20 points only four times all season. His standard deviation of 4.4 was the lowest among the 74 players with at least 1,000 points. Among players who averaged at least 20 points per game, LeBron James was by far the most consistent, with a standard deviation of just 5.8. James never scored more than 40 and never fewer than 13.


Most Improved Player In-Season And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Deron Williams

We tend to think of the MIP award being handed to players who showed big gains from season to season, but why not reward a guy who improved over the course of the season? John Wall and Dirk Nowitzki each have strong cases, but Williams gets the nod. After posting just a lukewarm 17.4 player efficiency rating (PER) before the All-Star break, a much-healthier Williams went on a tear in the second-half of the season, registering a 25.2 PER the rest of the way which would rank fourth in the NBA over a full season. Williams improved his PER by 7.8 rating points after the All-Star break -- the largest uptick in the league among players who recorded at least 500 minutes in both season segments.


Most Precipitous Decline And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Ben Gordon

Hey, remember when the Bobcats started 7-5? Me neither. Ben Gordon's decay remains a big reason why the Bobcats have been in a free fall after a hot start to the season. Gordon posted a 7.4 PER after the All-Star break, which is less than half of his pre-All-Star-break figure (15.4). That's the biggest drop-off in the league among rotation players, and PER doesn't fully capture how poor his defense has been. Gordon gets the nod over the injured Tyson Chandler and embattled O.J. Mayo here.


Biggest Loser And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Kemba Walker

Well, this isn't fair to Walker, but no one saw a bigger deficit on the scoreboard while on the court than Walker this season. The lowly Bobcats were outscored by a whopping 478 points with Walker on the floor, the worst plus-minus in the league for any player according to (Mo Harkless was second with minus-467). Sadly, Walker averaged 17.7 points and 5.7 assists this season along with a team-high 18.8 PER, but less than 30 percent of his playing time came while the Bobcats held a lead. Rough.


Best Driver In The Game And the HabersTrophy goes to ... LeBron James

The numbers confirm what our eyes tell us: It's virtually impossible to stop James when he gets a full head of steam down the lane. According to 3-D video tracking from SportVU cameras installed in arenas in half the league, the Heat scored 1.68 points on James' drives, which marked the highest drive-scoring average for any player in the league. SportVU defines a "drive" as touches that start at least 20 feet away from the rim and end within 10 feet of the basket. For reference, the league norm was 1.22 points per drive. On average, James scored 1.06 points per drive on his own, but once we account for his passes, we find that the Heat scored 1.68 points every time he penetrated into the defense. If you're wondering, the Heat scored an above-average 1.32 points per Dwyane Wade drive. Not a bad one-two punch, eh?


Best Driver In The Game (high volume edition) And the HabersTrophy goes to ... James Harden

SportVU cameras picked up on only 90 of James' drives because the Heat don't subscribe to the stat-tracking service (only 15 teams do). But if we expand our scope and look at players with at least 100 drives, we find that James' Olympic teammate James Harden was the top driver, averaging 1.48 points on his 337 drives to the rim. In fact, 29.9 percent of Harden's drives ended in a foul, which was the second-highest rate in the league according to SportVU's sample (Paul Pierce was at 30.4 percent). Crafty.


Longest Run And the HabersTrophy goes to ... DeMar DeRozan, 4.1 miles

Ever wondered how far these guys run during an NBA game? SportVU has that info for you. In fact, during the three-overtime loss against the Utah Jazz back in November, DeRozan ran 4.06 miles in 60 minutes, which was the longest trek among the hundreds of games tracked by SportVU this season. DeRozan scored a season-high 37 points that game, and you probably won't be surprised to learn that he missed his final four shots of the game. That's what happens when you run a 5K and then some on a basketball court.


Longest Average Run And the HabersTrophy goes to ... Joakim Noah

Let's say you want to know who might be the most exhausted player in the game. The minutes-per-game leaderboard would be the first place you'd go, right? But what if I told you that a guy who doesn't even rank in the top 10 in minutes per game probably runs more than anybody else? It's true: Noah, who ranks 14th in minutes per game, ran a staggering 2.74 miles per game under the SportVU lens. No one has covered more distance than the high-energy center on a game-to-game basis -- and that includes Luol Deng, who leads the NBA in minutes per game with a 38.9 figure. Deng actually came in second with 2.68 miles run per game. Something tells me that Tom Thibodeau won't be satisfied until the top five consists of all Bulls players.


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