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Oklahoma City Thunder: What the NBA's new advanced data can tell us about the Thunder

Taking a closer look at some of the more interesting statistics produced by the NBA's latest statistical advancement: Mounted Sports VU devices in the rafters of every NBA arena.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 12, 2013

/articleid/3904049/1/pictures/2247771">Photo - The Thunder’s Steven Adams, left, and the Bulls’ Marquis Teague battle for a rebound in the second quarter of a preseason game in Wichita, Kan. Claiming 69.4 percent of contested rebounds, Adams is the best in the league among players who see 15 minutes of action or more. AP Photo
The Thunder’s Steven Adams, left, and the Bulls’ Marquis Teague battle for a rebound in the second quarter of a preseason game in Wichita, Kan. Claiming 69.4 percent of contested rebounds, Adams is the best in the league among players who see 15 minutes of action or more. AP Photo

Stat: Nick Collison travels 3.5 miles per 48 minutes

Takeaway: Per 48 minutes, that's currently the most on this Thunder team. Part of it may have to do with the small sample size, but some of it likely has to do with Collison's style of play. He's a high-energy big man in constant motion, rotating well on defense and used in a variety of ways on offense. Russell Westbrook is right behind him at 3.4 miles per 48 minutes. Spurs guard Patty Mills (3.9 mpg) is first in the league among rotation players.

Stat: Kevin Durant scores 4.8 points per game on drives

Takeaway: Drives are officially described as any touch that starts at least 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled within 10 feet, excluding fast breaks. And though Durant's 4.8 number is 13th in the NBA, it is first among non-guards. In other words, 6-foot-11 guys aren't supposed to be near the top of this list. Monta Ellis leads the league at a lofty 9.3 ppg on drives.

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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