The NBA season is not yet a month old, but teams have already played between 11-14 games. You all know about the lockout, the shortened 66-game season, the Rondo trade rumors, the old out of shape Celtics, and their current 4-game losing streak. But what about all the other little interesting factoids around the rest of the league? For the first edition of Around The NBA in 2012 I figured why not just do a complete, Did You Know piece. I take you fine readers of CelticsHub.com to be true NBA fans, but maybe even you will be surprised by some of this stuff.
-San Antonio (8-0) is the only team unbeaten at home in the West, while Philadelphia (5-0), Chicago (5-0), Indiana (5-0), and Milwaukee (4-0) are perfect at home in the East.
-Spurs are 0-4 on the road.
-Michael Redd is on the Suns. He has played 2 games scoring 12 in his debut and 2 the next night.
-T-Wolves rookie Ricky Rubio came off the bench for his first 10 games, but has started the last 2 including an 18 point, 12 assist, 4 rebound, 5 steal performance last night vs. the Hawks. He is also averaging 8.3 assists per game (8th in the NBA).
-Lamar Odom, who had his feelings hurt and demanded a trade from the Lakers, is in his 1st year with the Mavericks. Thru 13 games he is averaging significant career lows in: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FT%, FG%, 3FG%, and Minutes. Could I have saved time and said career lows in everything? Yes, but I wanted to spell it out.
-Nate Robinson landed with Golden State and is putting up 14 a night.
-The Wizards (1-11) have the worst record in the league and have only scored more than 90 points twice this season.
-Rajon Rondo is currently 3rd in All-Star voting among Eastern Conference Guards. (Derrick Rose & Dwyane Wade).
-Rondo has the only triple-double this season.
-Dirk Nowitzki surpassed 23,000 career points and now ranks 28th all-time.
-Active points leaders: Kobe Bryant (8th), Kevin Garnett (24th), Dirk Nowitzki (28th), Ray Allen (29th), Tim Duncan (32nd), Paul Pierce (35th).
-Kevin Love (25 ppg, 14.6 rpg) is the only player to record a double-double in every game he’s played. (12 games).
-Six rookies are averaging double digit points per game: Kyrie Irving (17), MarShon Brooks (14.3), Brandon Knight (12.3), Iman Shumpert (11.8), Kemba Walker (11.1), and Ricky Rubio (11).
Rich Keefe is the Celtics Reporter for 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. You can follow him on twitter: @Keefe21