Bradley Beal is currently leading the NBA in scoring, with Stephen Curry having a chance to catch him when the Golden State Warriors face the resurgent Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
Beal, who plays tonight at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, has a slight lead over Curry, 31.4 points per game to 31.2. That race figures to go down to the wire, at which point we will start hearing about David Thompson vs. George Gervin on the final day of the 1977-78 season.
The rebounding (Clint Capela), assist (Russell Westbrook), block (Myles Turner) and three-point titles (Curry) are all but decided. But we still have the scoring title to keep us riveted.
Because of COVID protocols and rules as well as a plethora of injures, a total of 529 players have suited up for NBA teams this season. Let's take a look at some of the stat leaders:
- Clint Capela leads the league in offensive rebounds (261),
followed by Enes Kanter of Portland (257) and Steven Adams of New
- Russell Westbrook (11.0) is averaging the most assists per game
and it isn’t particularly close; runner-up Trae Young (9.6) won’t
be able to catch him.
- Jimmy Butler has the most steals per game (2.1), but T.J.
McConnell has the most total steals this season (101). Butler has
95 total steals.
- Rudy Gobert leads the league in total blocks (168), with nine
more than Turner. However, Turner is averaging 3.4 blocks to
Gobert’s 2.8 because he’s played 13 fewer games.
- Danilo Gallinari of Atlanta (.935) is one of nine players
shooting 90% or better from the free throw line. Until last week,
Jordan Clarkson of Utah (.924) was leading the league in free-throw
percentage, but he has dropped to fourth;. Chris Paul of Phoenix is
second at .929.
- Joe Harris of Brooklyn has taken over the three-point accuracy
lead (.481). Joe Ingles of Utah, the leader last week, is now third
at .477. Bobby Portis of Milwaukee is in second (.479).
- Rudy Gobert leads the NBA in field-goal percentage (.676) by a
large margin. Runner-up Richaun Holmes is shooting 64.4%. Kelly
Olynyk leads the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (.688).
- DeAndre Jordan leads all players in true shooting percentage
(.753) and effective field goal percentage (.779). Rounding out the
top-three in both stats are Robert Williams and Ingles.
- Nikola Jokic leads all players in field goals (625), win shares
(13.3), win shares per 48 minutes (.298) and Value Over Replacement
- Julius Randle of the Knicks ranks first in minutes per game (37.5) and second in defensive win shares (3.7).