NBA 2015-16…the end, and beyond

Posted: March 30, 2016 in Kevin Durant, NBA, NBA basketball, NBA history, Spurs, Steph, Warriors

An NBA regular season filled with history in the making comes to a close in a few short weeks.  And we’re not just talking about the Golden State Warriors’ quest to break the 72-10 mark of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

For the first time since 2005-06, the West may finish with just three 50+ win teams.  For a conference that has had EIGHT 50-win teams multiple times (2007-08 and 2009-10) and regularly has 5-6 teams hit that mark, that represents a steep decline.

Alternatively, the West also has the distinct possibility of multiple teams with losing records making the playoffs, something that hasn’t occurred since 1996-97, when 3 conference teams accomplished the feat.

The East is on track to have all 8 playoff teams with winning records (better than .500), for the first time since 2011-12’s lockout shortened season.

The scoring leaders (Top 20) all are averaging at least 20.7 points per game.  Last time that occurred was during the 2007-08 season.

Dirk Nowitzki, who still has plenty of game left, reached the 29,000 point mark, becoming the 8th NBA/ABA player to do so.  Six of those were first ballot Hall of Fame inductees, with the other being Kobe Bryant, who undoubtedly will make the grade on the first opportunity.

Tim Duncan joined the 26,000 point and 15,000 rebound club, in what is likely his final NBA season.

Several longtime stars are finishing out their final season in the NBA – Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett.  Also likely to exit are Vince Carter and Manu Ginobili.

Stephen Curry, who is likely to win his 2nd consecutive MVP award, is on pace for the most efficient season by a scoring champion in NBA history – even better than Kevin Durant’s 2013-14 output, which was itself historic in nature:

Curry (2015-16) – 30.0 ppg, 5.4 reb, 6.6 ast, 2.1 stl, with 50/45/90 shooting percentages, in 34 minutes per night

Durant (2013-14) – 32.0 ppg, 7.4 reb, 5.5 ast, 1.3 stl, with 50/39/87 shooting percentages, in 38.5 minutes per night

Another mark of note – San Antonio became the 5th franchise in NBA history to reach 19 consecutive playoff seasons (joining Boston, Utah, Portland, and Philadelphia).

 

Just a few fun notes as the season ends.  The playoffs are coming, and it could be a wild ride…the East 3-6 seeds as they stand today are merely 1.5 games apart, and the West’s 6-9 teams are separated by 2.5 games.  Plenty of anticipation for the last few weeks!  Get ready and enjoy the ride!

 

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