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.