With a little more than a month to go, individual Net players are firming up spots among the NBA's statistical leaders.
In the most high profile race, scoring, Devin Harris ranks #10 at 22.5 points per game with Vince Carter #19 at a 20.7 points per game pace. The two remain the highest scoring backcourt in the league at 43.2 ppg and 13 times this season they have each scored 25 or more points in a game. That's only happened 10 other times around the league this season.
Harris is the game's highest scoring point guard. He also ranks fourth, behind Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, in 40-point games this season with three. Three other players also have three. Harris holds the league’s highest point increase from 2007-08 to now (minimum 50 games played last season), going from 14.8 points per game to 22.5.
Harris is also among the league leaders in free throws made--third at 7.2, and in attempts--fifth with 9.2 per game. (Lawrence Frank has quite a choice when it comes to shooting technicals--Harris, Carter and Brook Lopez are ranked #47, #48, and #49 in the league, separated by 2/100ths of a percentage point.)
Harris is also in the top 20 in assists at #11 with 6.9 per game and in steals at #8 with 1.67. (Carter's 4.8 assists rank him #30.) On the downside, Harris is averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, putting him at #13.
Lopez is shooting 52.2% overall for the season, ranking him #15 in the league and he's just outside the top 20 in rebounds at #22. He's averaging 8.0 per game.
Bobby Simmons and Keyon Dooling rank high in three-point shooting, Simmons shooting 44.6% for eighth and Dooling shooting 43.6% for eleventh.
In blocked shots, Lopez is now at #7 with 1.9 per game. In dunks, he's #8 with 101 for the season, or 1.63 per game. Lopez ranks first among rookies in blocks and dunks, second in field goal percentage and rebounding. Lopez is also rising in personal fouls, at #27 with better that three a game. If he maintains his current free throw shooting percentage, he will break the NBA rookie record for centers, surpassing Yao Ming. Ryan Anderson ranks seventh among rookies in three point shooting at 36.4% while Yi Jianlian ranks sixth among sophomores at 36.8%.
Carter is averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 62 starts this season. There are only three players in the NBA who are averaging 20/5/5: James with 28.1, 7.4 and 7.0, Chris Paul with 21.4, 5.3 and 11.1 and Dwyane Wade with 29.4, 5.1 and 7.6.