March 12, 2017

best offenses

1. 2017 WARRIORS | 115.7 offensive rating

Coach | Steve Kerr

Offense | Intricate

Points per game | 116.8

Point guard | Stephen Curry

Pace | 100.3

Leading scorers | Kevin Durant: 25.3 points and Stephen Curry: 24.9

Finisher | Kevin Durant

3-point shooters | Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green

Sixth man | Andre Iguodala

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe8zSrKhFr4[/video]



2. 1987 LAKERS | 115.6 offensive rating

Coach | Pat Riley

Offense | Showtime

Points per game | 117.8

Point guard | Magic Johnson

Pace | 101.6

Leading scorer | Magic Johnson: 23.9 points

Finisher | James Worthy

3-point shooter | Michael Cooper

Sixth (and seventh) men | Michael Cooper and Mychal Thompson

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0IIMeMWPH0[/video]



3. 1992 BULLS | 115.5 offensive rating

Coach | Phil Jackson

Offense | Triangle

Points per game | 109.9

Point guards | John Paxson and B.J. Armstrong

Point forward | Scottie Pippen

Pace | 94.4

Leading scorer | Michael Jordan: 30.1 points

Finisher | Michael Jordan

3-point shooters | none

Sixth man | B.J. Armstrong

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFwhuQk-OLc[/video]



4. 1988 CELTICS | 115.4 offensive rating

Coach | K.C. Jones

Offense | Balanced

Points per game | 113.6

Point guard | Dennis Johnson

Pace | 97.9

Leading scorer | Larry Bird: 29.9 points

Finisher | Larry Bird

3-point shooters | Bird and Danny Ainge

Sixth man | none

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiTbAijfSqk[/video]



4. 2017 ROCKETS | 115.4 offensive rating

Coach | Mike D’Antoni

Offense | 3-pointers and a cloud of dust

Points per game | 115.1

Point guard | James Harden

Pace | 99.1

Leading scorer | James Harden: 28.9 points

Finisher | James Harden

3-point shooters | Everyone: Harden, Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley

Sixth (seventh and eighth) men | Eric Gordon, Lou Williams and Clint Capela

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc2N3fpEEhU/[video]



6. 2010 SUNS | 115.3 offensive rating

Coach | Alvin Gentry

Offense | Seven seconds or less

Points per game | 110.2

Point guard | Steve Nash

Pace | 95.3

Leading scorer | Amare Stoudemire: 23.1 points

Finisher | Amare Stoudemire

3-point shooters | Channing Frye, Jason Richardson, Steve Nash and Jared Dudley

Sixth man | Jared Dudley

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oiIbLM02Tc[/video]



7. 1996 BULLS | 115.2 offensive rating

Coach | Phil Jackson

Offense | Triangle

Points per game | 105.2

Point guards | Ron Harper and Steve Kerr

Point forward | Scottie Pippen

Pace | 91.1

Leading scorer | Michael Jordan: 30.4 points

Finisher | Michael Jordan

3-point shooters | Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, and Toni Kukoc

Sixth (and seventh) men | Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQpdz_98Blc&t=50s[/video]



8. 1995 MAGIC | 115.1 offensive rating

Coach | Brian Hill

Offense | Young

Points per game | 110.9

Point guard | Anfernee Hardaway

Pace | 95.1

Leading scorer | Shaquille O’Neal: 29.3 points

Finisher | Shaquille O’Neal

3-point shooters | Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott and Anfernee Hardaway

Sixth (and seventh) men | Dennis Scott and Brian Shaw

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkrPBAhVFn0[/video]

March 11, 2017

nba awards

Player of the Year | xxxxx xxxxx, xxxxx. xx.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, xx.x 3-point shooting, xx.x free throw shooting, xx.x PER, x.x RPM.[1. ESPN.com’s Real Plus-Minus is the advanced metric of the moment.] Age [xx] xxxxx

2. xxxxx
3. xxxxx
4. xxxxx
5. xxxxx

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXiAIxiyVXk[/video]



Coach of the Year | Mike D’Antoni, Rockets. 5x-2x. A true visionary. He moved James Harden to point guard and surrounded him with 3-point shooters, producing the 10th-best offense of all time and breaking the record for 3-pointers in a season. Surprisingly, the Rockets also had the league’s 13th-best defense.

2. Quin Snyder, Jazz—sdf
3. Brad Stevens, Celtics

Honorable mention
Scott Brooks, Wizards
Jason Kidd, Bucks
Steve Kerr, Warriors
Gregg Popovich, Spurs
Tyronn Lue, Cavaliers
David Fizdale, Grizzlies

Rookie of the Year | Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks. xx.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 4x.x 2-point shooting, 4x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 1x.x PER, x.x RPM. Age [24] Joel Embiid (24.0 PER) played just 31 games.

2. Dario Saric, 76ers
3. Willy Hernangomez, Knicks

In a dead heat with 2013-14 for the worst rookie class of all time.

Defensive Player of the Year | Rudy Gobert, Jazz. 2.x blocks, x.xx Defensive RPM. Age [24] He led the league in blocks and Defensive RPM.

Power forward | Draymond Green, Warriors
Small forward | Robert Covington, 76ers.  2. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs.
Point guard | Chris Paul, Clippers.  2. Patrick Beverly, Rockets.
Shooting guard | Tony Allen, Grizzlies.  2. Danny Green, Spurs.

Sixth Man Award | Andre Iguodala, Warriors. xx.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, xx.x, 3-point shooting, xx.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.x RPM. Age [33] xxxxx

Bench
Eric Gordon, Rockets
Lou Williams, Lakers-Rockets
James Johnson, Heat
Greg Monroe, Bucks
Patty Mills, Spurs
Enes Kanter, Thunder

Most Improved Player | Pass.

Teammate of the Year | xxxxx xxxxx, xxxxx. xx.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, xx.x 3-point shooting, xx.x free throw shooting, xx.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [xx] xxxxx



[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_SttOJAvhg[/video]

FIRST TEAM

Forward | LeBron James, Cavaliers. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, xx.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [32] xxxxx

Forward | Kawhi Leonard, Spurs. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [25] xxxxx

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/kawhi-leonards-rise-to-superstardom/

Center | Rudy Gobert, Jazz. 1x.x points, 1x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 6x.x 2-point shooting, 6x.x free throw shooting, 2.x blocks, xx.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [24] Best nicknames in the league: The Stifle Tower, The French Rejection, The Gobert Report.

Point guard | James Harden, Rockets. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, 1x.x assists, 4x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2x.3 PER, x.xx RPM. Age [27] xxxxx

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lebron-and-harden-are-the-nbas-best-quarterbacks/

Point guard | Russell Westbrook, Thunder. 2x.x points, 1x.x rebounds, 1x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, xx.x 3-point shooting, xx.x free throw shooting, x.x steals, xx triple-doubles, 2x.6 PER, x.xx RPM. Age [28] xxxxx

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26ov6OuAif4[/video]



SECOND TEAM

Forward | Jimmy Butler, Bulls. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 4x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [27] xxxxx

Forward | Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 7x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [22] xxxxx

Center | Anthony Davis, Pelicans. 2x.x points, 1x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 7x.x free throw shooting, 2.x blocks, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [23] xxxxx

Point guard | Stephen Curry, Warriors. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 4x.x 3-point shooting, 9x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [28] xxxxx

Point guard | John Wall, Wizards. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, 1x.x assists, 4x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2.x steals, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [26] xxxxx

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1qmkE-RRCA[/video]



THIRD TEAM

Forward | Kevin Durant, Warriors. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [27] xxxxx

Forward | Draymond Green, Warriors. 1x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 6x.x free throw shooting, 1x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [26] xxxxx

Center | DeMarcus Cousins, Kings-Pelicans. 2x.x points, 1x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 4x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 7x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [26] xxxxx

Point guard | Isaiah Thomas, Celtics. 2x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, 5x.x 2-point shooting, 3x.x 3-point shooting, 9x.x free throw shooting, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [26] The third-best offensive player in the league — an expert at using the rim to outsmart tall defenders — and the worst defensive player.

Best seasons, players under 6 feet
1. Isaiah Thomas, 2016-17
2. Terrell Brandon, 1995-96
3. Dana Barros, 1994-95
4. Terrell Brandon, 1996-97
5. Calvin Murphy, 1973-74 or 1975-76

Point guard | Chris Paul, Clippers. 1x.x points, x.x rebounds, x.x assists, xx.x 2-point shooting, xx.x 3-point shooting, 8x.x free throw shooting, 2.x steals, 2x.x PER, x.xx RPM. Age [31] xxxxx

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSyJsaZjvmo[/video]



Honorable mention
Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
DeAndre Jordan, Clippers
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
Gordon Hayward, Jazz
Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
Mike Conley, Grizzlies

Best decision-maker | Chris Paul, Clippers

2. John Wall, Wizards.  3. Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves.  4. James Harden, Rockets.  5. Jeff Teague, Pacers.

Best all-around shooter | Stephen Curry, Warriors

2. C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers.  3. Kevin Durant, Warriors.  4. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers.  5. Klay Thompson, Warriors.  6. Isaiah Thomas, Celtics.  7. Chris Paul, Clippers.

Best backcourt | Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Warriors.

2. John Wall and Bradley Beal, Wizards.  3. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Raptors.  4. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers.  5. James Harden and Patrick Beverley, Rockets.