The NBA is unpredictable, a competition that never ceases to amaze and from which incredible conclusions can be drawn through the study
The NBA is unpredictable, a competition that never ceases to amaze and from which incredible conclusions can be drawn through the study of NBA statistics. Although it is true that the season has just started, this start of the campaign is generating many surprises. The teams called to glory have difficulties, franchises with a high level emerge that were not expected as strong contenders for the ring, but above all, what nobody expected is that they would tend to make attacks with few passes and that those who less shared the ball were the best, as well as a reduction in the success of the shot and a decrease in offensive performance of the best scorers last year.
Although it is true that the anti-Harden rule, the one that regulates the personal fouls that were indicated with recurrence when the pitcher left his cylinder to seek contact with the defender, was expected to have some impact, it is evident that the game is changing. play. Fewer free throws had ever been taken than in these first encounters, while the percentage of hitting from the field is the lowest since 2003. As if this were not enough, there is no obvious clairvoyance from the triple, presenting the worst percentages of success throughout the 21st century. More and more is launched and possessions are faster, but that is not accompanying the success at this start of the season.
The NBA so far this season:
– Fewest FT per game ever
– Lowest FG% since 2003
– Lowest 3P% since 2000
– Lowest ORTG since 2014 https://t.co/0VV2MBaIpk
– StatMuse (@statmuse) October 31, 2021
Lillard and Beal, the ones who have lowered their annotation the most compared to last season
In addition, the big scoring stars of the past season have clearly lowered their averages. The case of Damian Lillard is a clear example, going from 28.8 points per game to the 19.2 that he currently averages. Bradley Beal is another who has dropped a lot, from 31.3 points last season to 24.4 this season. Although these may be blamed for being in transfer rumors, the downward trend can be extrapolated to the 11 top scorers of last season in the NBA.