Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul -- On Historic Playoff Paces

Chris Paul's 30-10 effort against the Lakers means he is only 1 of 2 guys to ever average that in a playoff stretch. The other is Iverson in 2004-05.

Only 4 players have ever averaged 39 points a game for a playoff series. Jerry West (11 games), Michael Jordan (3 games) and

Dwight Howard (2 games)
Kevin Durant (1 game)

While these sample sizes are, admittedly, tiny, it is amazing how these performances stack up to some of the all-time greats.

Howard, for example, is averaging 39.5 points and 19 rebounds. 35 and 19 for a playoff stretch? Only Wilt and Howard (Wilt went 37 and 23 one year and then 35 and 26.6 the next year) have ever done this.

If you drop it down to 35 and 15, you still only get Wilt, Baylor, Kareem and Hakeem.

The bad news for Howard -- Wilt had a first round elimination with these stats, as did Hakeem.

LeBron, by the by, best ever playoff year was 2008-09 where he went 35-9-7. No one else has ever gone 35-7-7. If you drop it down to 30-7-7, you get Jordan, Oscar Robertson and.....................................Chris Paul (1 game this year).

LeBron also goes over 29-7-7 on a career basis in the playoffs. Others to do one. Jordan went 33-7-5.5.

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