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By the numbers: OKC Thunder early-season update

by Anthony Slater Published: November 15, 2012

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

The season is young, but it’s never too early to examine the numbers. Here’s a look at some telling statistics from Oklahoma City’s first nine games:

24.2 - Points per game for Kevin Durant. He hasn’t averaged below 25.3 since his rookie season (his only year in Seattle). The NBA’s three-time defending scoring champ is sixth right now, behind James Harden and Kyrie Irving, among others.

10.3 - Rebounds per game for Kevin Durant. He has never averaged more than 8.0 for a season. Currently, Durant is ninth in the NBA in rebounding, ahead of big men like Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan.

39.5 - Russell Westbrook’s shooting percentage. He’s a career 43 percent shooter, never dipping below 39.8 in a season (his rookie year).

8.1 - Russell Westbrook’s assists per game. Last season, he averaged 5.6, eclipsing double-digits only four times in 66 games. This season, he’s already had 10+ assists in three of nine contests, including 13 last night (more than he’s had in any game over the past two years).

14 - Threes for Kevin Martin in his first five games, coming in only 22 attempts (63.6 percent).

5 - Threes for Kevin Martin in his last four games, coming in 16 attempts (31.2 percent).

14.4 - Points per game for Serge Ibaka. His career-high is 9.9

3.67 - Blocks per game for Serge Ibaka, leading the NBA. He’s making a real impact on both ends.

0 - Double-digit rebounding games for Kendrick Perkins this season. He did it 12 times last year. In his best rebounding season (8.2 per in 2008-09) he had double-digits 26 times.

17.7 - Turnovers per game by the Thunder, second most in the NBA.

13.8 - Turnovers forced per game by the Thunder, seventh fewest in the NBA.

14-36 – Combined record of the teams Oklahoma City has beat this season (counting Detroit twice).

16-6 – Combined record of the Oklahoma City has lost to this season.

6-3 - The Thunder’s record, still good enough for first in the Northwest Division.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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