Over the past six games, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley have been the best thing this franchise has seen since KG, Cassell, and Spree first stepped out on the court together. That got me thinking - just how good are these guys doing/producing this year, relative to the rest of their peers?
First, I'm sorting all of this by points, as let's be honest - it's the standard shorthand measure for evaluating players.
Second, there's no advanced stats here, no PER (although I did include WS just for, I don't know, just because), no nothing beyond basic box score averages throughout the season so far.
So, after the jump, behold the top ten duos in the NBA and how our boys compare!
Methodology - take the list of the top scorers this year in the NBA today and start writing down names and teams until you get 10 teams with at least two guys on it. Collate. Put in fanpost. (I apologize for the simple table, but it's far clearer than what I had going before).
|OKC||KD & WB||78.1||51.3||11.9||10.7||5||2.5|
|LAL||KB & PG||72||49.2||18.4||8.9||3.6||4.3|
|MIA||DW & LJ||71||46.1||11.8||12.4||4.9||3.4|
|HOU||KM & LS||67.4||46||13.2||4.8||2.5||2.8|
|GSW||ME & SC||72.5||45.9||7.4||10.9||5.3||2.4|
|CHI||DR & LD||76.3||45.1||9.8||11.5||3.5||2|
|UTA||DW & PM||77.1||43.8||14.1||12.9||3.2||4|
|DAL||DN & JT||70.8||42.9||10.7||6.2||2.7||2.8|
|MIN||MB & KL||63.2||41.1||19.6||3.4||2.7||1.9|
|SAS||MG & TP||67.4||39.8||6.3||12||4.3||2.9|
Not bad, huh? So far our boys are in the top ten this season!
If we adjust to a standard amount of time (72 minutes, in this case - aka two 36 minute players), the standings adjust accordingly:
LAL - 49.2 ppg
HOU - 49.14 ppg
OKC - 47.29 ppg
MIN - 46.82 ppg
MIA - 46.75 ppg
GSW - 45.58 ppg
DAL - 43.63 ppg
CHI - 42.56 ppg
SAS - 42.52 ppg
UTA - 40.9 ppg
Not bad, huh?
Finally, to further illustrate just how dominant these two have been since the Lakers game (the last six games), let's compare Beasley and Love's last six games to the league leaders (in overall and per 72 minutes):
OKC - 78.1 mpg, 51.3 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 10.7 apg, 5 s+bpg
MIN - 74.4 mpg, 51.3 ppg, 22.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 3.8 s+bpg
(per 72 minutes)
LAL - 49.2 ppg, 18.4 rpg, 8.9 apg, 3.6 s+bpg
MIN - 49.65 ppg, 21.87 rpg, 4.45 apg, 3.68 s+bpg
Let's enjoy it while it lasts!