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Box Score Oddities: PHI vs. SAS (1/23/19)

A wild win yielded wild stat lines

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Following such a wild win for the Sixers Wednesday night, I decided to go back into the box score and pull out some interesting facts.

Table 1: Traditional box score

Team Player Starter fgm fga pctFG fg3m fg3a pctFG3 ftm fta pctFT min oreb dreb treb ast stl blk tov pf pts plusminus
Team Player Starter fgm fga pctFG fg3m fg3a pctFG3 ftm fta pctFT min oreb dreb treb ast stl blk tov pf pts plusminus
San Antonio DeMar DeRozan F 12 19 63% 0 0 0% 2 3 67% 37.1 1 8 9 3 2 1 6 2 26 -2
San Antonio Rudy Gay F 7 11 64% 0 2 0% 3 3 100% 30.4 0 4 4 3 2 0 2 4 17 -5
San Antonio LaMarcus Aldridge C 5 12 42% 1 1 100% 2 2 100% 34.7 2 3 5 6 1 3 2 1 13 0
San Antonio Derrick White G 6 9 67% 1 3 33% 2 2 100% 36.3 0 4 4 5 2 1 1 2 15 -11
San Antonio Bryn Forbes G 5 9 56% 4 6 67% 0 0 0% 31.4 1 5 6 2 0 0 1 1 14 10
San Antonio Dante Cunningham - 0 1 0% 0 1 0% 0 0 0% 10.9 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 2
San Antonio Patty Mills - 6 10 60% 3 7 43% 2 3 67% 23.1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 17 2
San Antonio Jakob Poeltl - 1 2 50% 0 0 0% 0 0 0% 13.3 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 -2
San Antonio Marco Belinelli - 5 9 56% 4 7 57% 2 2 100% 22.9 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 2 16 -4
Philadelphia Corey Brewer F 3 7 43% 2 3 67% 1 2 50% 27.7 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 3 9 2
Philadelphia Wilson Chandler F 2 6 33% 2 5 40% 0 0 0% 36.0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 6 -1
Philadelphia Joel Embiid C 13 28 46% 2 4 50% 5 6 83% 37.0 7 12 19 3 0 1 3 3 33 12
Philadelphia JJ Redick G 6 16 38% 6 13 46% 1 1 100% 36.4 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 1 19 3
Philadelphia Ben Simmons G 9 14 64% 0 0 0% 3 4 75% 35.4 2 8 10 15 1 0 3 2 21 2
Philadelphia Landry Shamet - 5 7 71% 3 5 60% 1 1 100% 22.3 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 14 2
Philadelphia T.J. McConnell - 5 7 71% 0 1 0% 0 0 0% 21.5 1 1 2 8 1 0 1 1 10 -6
Philadelphia Jonah Bolden - 3 6 50% 1 3 33% 0 0 0% 11.0 0 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 7 -10
Philadelphia Mike Muscala - 1 2 50% 1 2 50% 0 0 0% 12.7 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6

Table 2: Advanced box score

Team Player Starter pctAST pctOREB pctDREB pctTREB pctTOVTeam pctEFG pctTS pctUSG ortg drtg netrtg ratioASTtoTOV ratioAST pace ratioPIE
Team Player Starter pctAST pctOREB pctDREB pctTREB pctTOVTeam pctEFG pctTS pctUSG ortg drtg netrtg ratioASTtoTOV ratioAST pace ratioPIE
San Antonio DeMar DeRozan F 12% 3% 24% 14% 2070% 63% 64% 31% 116.7 122.4 -5.7 0.5 10.3 99.63 0.123
San Antonio Rudy Gay F 14% 0% 14% 8% 1180% 64% 69% 22% 116.7 123 -6.3 1.5 17.6 95.47 0.104
San Antonio LaMarcus Aldridge C 21% 8% 8% 8% 950% 46% 51% 19% 113.5 118.3 -4.8 3 28.6 100.2 0.089
San Antonio Derrick White G 20% 0% 11% 6% 630% 72% 76% 14% 106.7 119.7 -13.1 5 31.3 99.98 0.12
San Antonio Bryn Forbes G 7% 4% 14% 10% 830% 78% 78% 14% 122.4 107.5 14.9 2 16.7 102.4 0.095
San Antonio Dante Cunningham - 21% 0% 8% 5% 0% 0% 0% 4% 147.8 139.1 8.7 0 75 101.13 0.013
San Antonio Patty Mills - 6% 0% 5% 3% 770% 75% 75% 22% 126.9 128 -1.1 1 7.7 106.2 0.099
San Antonio Jakob Poeltl - 0% 10% 33% 21% 0% 50% 50% 6% 120 135.7 -15.7 0 0 105.06 0.059
San Antonio Marco Belinelli - 6% 0% 10% 5% 1540% 78% 81% 24% 116.3 129.8 -13.5 0.5 7.7 100.68 0.102
Philadelphia Corey Brewer F 9% 0% 4% 2% 1670% 57% 57% 14% 106.3 103.1 3.1 1 16.7 111 0.03
Philadelphia Wilson Chandler F 3% 3% 4% 3% 2220% 50% 50% 10% 126.8 124.7 2.1 0.5 11.1 95.94 0.021
Philadelphia Joel Embiid C 14% 17% 43% 28% 810% 50% 54% 37% 117.7 103.8 13.9 1 8.1 101.75 0.175
Philadelphia JJ Redick G 11% 3% 7% 4% 0% 56% 58% 18% 118.4 113 5.4 0 15.8 100.84 0.078
Philadelphia Ben Simmons G 58% 7% 28% 17% 880% 64% 67% 22% 119.7 118.7 1.1 5 44.1 102.41 0.188
Philadelphia Landry Shamet - 12% 0% 0% 0% 0% 93% 94% 14% 121.3 127.9 -6.6 0 22.2 96.77 0.124
Philadelphia T.J. McConnell - 44% 5% 9% 7% 630% 71% 71% 16% 130.2 144.2 -14 8 50 96.15 0.133
Philadelphia Jonah Bolden - 11% 0% 25% 15% 0% 58% 58% 24% 116 169.6 -53.6 0 14.3 105.05 0.089
Philadelphia Mike Muscala - 0% 8% 25% 14% 0% 75% 75% 6% 124.1 103.4 20.7 0 0 109.49 0.071

Table 3: Scoring box score

Team Player Starter pctFG2MasAssisted pctFG2MasUnassisted pctFG3MasAssisted pctFG3MasUnassisted pctFGMasAssisted pctFGMasUnassisted pctFGAasFG2 pctFGAasFG3 pctPTSasFG2 pctPTSasFG2asMR pctsPTSasFG3 pctPTSasFB pctPTSasFT pctPTSasOffTOV pctPTSasPaint ptsOffTOV ptsSecondChance ptsFastBreak ptsPaint
Team Player Starter pctFG2MasAssisted pctFG2MasUnassisted pctFG3MasAssisted pctFG3MasUnassisted pctFGMasAssisted pctFGMasUnassisted pctFGAasFG2 pctFGAasFG3 pctPTSasFG2 pctPTSasFG2asMR pctsPTSasFG3 pctPTSasFB pctPTSasFT pctPTSasOffTOV pctPTSasPaint ptsOffTOV ptsSecondChance ptsFastBreak ptsPaint
San Antonio DeMar DeRozan F 33% 67% 0% 0% 33% 67% 100% 0% 92% 46% 0% 0% 8% 15% 46% 4 0 0 12
San Antonio Rudy Gay F 57% 43% 0% 0% 57% 43% 82% 18% 82% 0% 0% 0% 18% 18% 82% 3 2 0 14
San Antonio LaMarcus Aldridge C 75% 25% 100% 0% 80% 20% 92% 8% 62% 0% 23% 0% 15% 0% 62% 0 0 0 8
San Antonio Derrick White G 20% 80% 0% 100% 17% 83% 67% 33% 67% 27% 20% 13% 13% 27% 40% 4 0 2 6
San Antonio Bryn Forbes G 0% 100% 75% 25% 60% 40% 33% 67% 14% 14% 86% 0% 0% 21% 0% 3 0 0 0
San Antonio Dante Cunningham - 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0 0 0 0
San Antonio Patty Mills - 0% 100% 67% 33% 33% 67% 30% 70% 35% 12% 53% 59% 12% 0% 24% 0 0 10 4
San Antonio Jakob Poeltl - 100% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0 0 0 2
San Antonio Marco Belinelli - 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 22% 78% 13% 13% 75% 19% 13% 0% 0% 0 0 3 0
Philadelphia Corey Brewer F 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 57% 43% 22% 0% 67% 0% 11% 33% 22% 3 0 0 2
Philadelphia Wilson Chandler F 0% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 17% 83% 0% 0% 100% 50% 0% 0% 0% 0 0 3 0
Philadelphia Joel Embiid C 55% 46% 100% 0% 62% 39% 86% 14% 67% 18% 18% 30% 15% 24% 49% 8 10 10 16
Philadelphia JJ Redick G 0% 0% 83% 17% 83% 17% 19% 81% 0% 0% 95% 0% 5% 0% 0% 0 6 0 0
Philadelphia Ben Simmons G 44% 56% 0% 0% 44% 56% 100% 0% 86% 10% 0% 10% 14% 10% 76% 2 0 2 16
Philadelphia Landry Shamet - 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 29% 71% 29% 0% 64% 14% 7% 14% 29% 2 0 2 4
Philadelphia T.J. McConnell - 80% 20% 0% 0% 80% 20% 86% 14% 100% 40% 0% 20% 0% 20% 60% 2 2 2 6
Philadelphia Jonah Bolden - 100% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 50% 50% 57% 0% 43% 29% 0% 29% 57% 2 0 2 4
Philadelphia Mike Muscala - 0% 0% 100% 0% 100% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 100% 0% 3 0 0 0

Item of Interest #1: DeMar DeRozan’s Mid-range-ness

Mr. DeRozan shot 12-for-19 with zero three point attempts and three free throw attempts for a total of 26 points. If we use those criteria to find similar performances (since 2010), here’s what we get amongst players designated as guards, guard-forwards, or forward-guards.

DeMar has six of the ten performances that fit that criteria, alongside other known non-3-point shooters Dwyane Wade (29.0%) and mid-career LeBron James. Based on that table, the better question is how the hell did peak LeBron take 21 field goal attempts (with zero 3-pointers), and only take three foul shots, while achieving an ortg of 154?

Item of Interest #2: How Did the Spurs Lose?

Honestly, I am not sure how San Antonio actually lost. As a team, they shot 62 percent from two, 48 percent from 3, and 86 percent from the line. Since 1979, the only team to ever hit those marks and lose was San Antonio last night. If you reduce each statistic by 5 percent across the board (57/43/81), there are still only 36 teams to hit those offensive benchmarks and lose. Furthermore, only 19 of those 36 losses occurred while giving up less than 122 points. Here’s the table for your perusal.

Item of Interest #3: Joel Embiid is Good (and Interesting)

I wrote a previous article on Pareto frontiers, and I think it’s an interesting way to look at the combination of particular stat line’s uniqueness and quality. Here’s a plot of Joel’s career games (only points/rebounds), with the San Antonio game highlighted.

Figure 1: Joel Embiid’s SAS game in context of Pareto frontier

Based on distance to the frontier, this was Joel’s fourth-most unique points/rebounds game of his career. Additionally, here is the list of players since 1946 who have had more than one 33+ point/19+ rebound/7+ offensive rebound game.

Table 4: Players with games (33+ pts/19 + treb/7+ oreb) since 1949

Player Count
Player Count
Moses Malone 22
Shaquille O'Neal 19
Charles Barkley 16
Hakeem Olajuwon 11
DeMarcus Cousins 5
Dwight Howard 4
Karl-Anthony Towns 4
Kevin Willis 4
Patrick Ewing 4
Tim Duncan 4
Chris Webber 3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3
Al Jefferson 2
Alonzo Mourning 2
Antonio McDyess 2
Bob McAdoo 2
Dave Cowens 2
David Robinson 2
Dikembe Mutombo 2
Elton Brand 2
George McGinnis 2
Joel Embiid 2
Karl Malone 2
Larry Bird 2
Maurice Lucas 2

Item of Interest #4: Hot Shooting from 3

Both teams combined to shoot 30-for-63 (48%) from 3-point range, with the Sixers shooting 17-for-36 and the Spurs 13-for-27. I dove into the records to find games where those levels of accuracy and usage were met or exceeded.

We find only ten such games in the entire history of the NBA (the 1/16/19 GSW vs. NOP game is duplicated for some reason). Unsurprisingly, all have come since 2006.

This concludes another edition of Box Score oddities. Hopefully, the Sixers continue winning in interesting ways so I can keep writing these.