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OKC Thunder: SportVu cameras reveal interesting Thunder trends

Back in November, we took a look at the NBA's new SportVu cameras and what kind of data they were spewing out about the Thunder. Now that we're more than halfway done — 51 games into the regular season — with a far bigger sample size from these innovative trackers.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 6, 2014

Stat: The Thunder has none of the NBA's top-100 catch and shoot 3-point shooters

Explanation: Typically, the catch-and-shoot three is the easiest to make. It's off a pass, without taking a dribble and usually wide open. And it's something the Thunder struggle with mightily. Of all the players in the NBA who take at least one every two games, the Thunder don't have a player in the top-100. Durant and Jeremy Lamb (at 38 percent) are the highest ranked, tied at 134th. This could be a potential problem come playoff time, when floor spacing gains more importance. OKC desperately needs Thabo Sefolosha to improve in this area. At 32.1 percent, he's among the worst 3-point catch-and-shooters among those who take at least two per game.

Stat: Reggie Jackson scores 8.4 points per 48 minutes on drives, ninth most in the league

Explanation: Despite coming off the bench for half the season, Reggie Jackson is one of the NBA's most prolific rim attackers. And he does it pretty efficiently. Of the players who have at least 300 drives this year — defined as a touch that starts 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled within 10, excluding fast breaks — Jackson's 48 percent conversion rate is the 12th highest (LeBron James, at 63.6 percent is far and away the best). Jackson's determination to get to the basket and craftiness once he is there is probably his best skill.

Stat: Durant hauls in 74.2 percent of rebounds within his vicinity

Explanation: Among rotation players (at least 15 games played, at least 10 minutes per game), this is the highest percentage in the NBA. LeBron James, at 72.7 percent, and Carmelo Anthony, at 71.3 percent, aren't far behind. And those are two guys who have long been lauded for their ability to rebound from the small forward position. Durant has reached that level. And with his improvement, along with a couple others, the Thunder has become one of the best rebounding teams in the league (45.8 per game, fourth in the NBA).