30 teams, 30 digits
by Jonathan Santiago / @ITSjonsantiago
With the season fast approaching, here is a list of 30 numbers (some obvious, some obscure) relevant to all 30 NBA teams.
Boston Celtics – 593
The number of Playoff games for Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett combined. Shaq makes 36 percent of that total.
New Jersey Nets - 11
The number of teams 1995 first overall pick Joe Smith has played for, including the Nets.
New York Knicks – 4
The number of three-pointers Mike D’Antoni attempted as a player in his ABA and NBA career combined.
Philadelphia 76ers – 15
The average win-improvement by a team in its first-year under Head Coach Doug Collins.
Toronto Raptors - 47
The Raptors have never won more than 47 games in a single season.
Chicago Bulls - 138
The number of games Carlos Boozer missed due to injury in his six years with the Utah Jazz.
Cleveland Cavaliers – 17
The number of wins the 2002-03 Cavs had.
Detroit Pistons - 3
The number of starters left from the 2004 championship team.
Indiana Pacers - 11
The number of years Jeff Foster has played for the Pacers. That’s his entire career.
Milwaukee Bucks - 3,500,000
The number of pixels on the Bradley Center’s new scoreboard. The old scoreboard had 229,880.
Atlanta Hawks - 25
The average number of points the Hawks lost to the Magic in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Charlotte Bobcats – 5
The number of lottery picks the Bobcats have either traded or let go. They’ve had seven lottery picks in their existence.
Miami Heat - 5,000
The distance in miles from Mario Chalmers’ hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida.
Orlando Magic – 11
The number of tracks on Dwight Howard’s first (and hopefully only) CD.
Washington Wizards – 9
Gilbert Arenas’ new number.
Dallas Mavericks – 10
The number of consecutive seasons the Mavericks have won 50 or more games. Also the number of years Mark Cuban has owned the team.
Houston Rockets - 24
The number of minutes per game Yao Ming hopes to play in this season.
Memphis Grizzlies - 0
The number of times the Grizzlies have selected first in the NBA Draft. Washington, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers have all picked first on multiple occasions during the Grizzlies’ 15-year existence.
New Orleans Hornets – 38
The age of Monty Williams, the youngest head coach in the NBA this season.
San Antonio Spurs – 250
The number of degree programs offered by George Hill’s alma mater, IUPUI.
Denver Nuggets – 7
The consecutive number of years the Nuggets have made the Playoffs. It’s also how long Carmelo Anthony has been in the NBA.
Minnesota Timberwolves – 1
The number of players, excluding draft choices, currently on the Timberwolves roster acquired in the Kevin Garnett trade (Sebastian Telfair).
Oklahoma City Thunder – 138
The number of characters it took for Kevin Durant to announce his contract extension with the Thunder via Twitter. It took LeBron James one hour to announce his decision to take his talents to South Beach on television.
Golden State Warriors – 47
The number of phone calls David Lee received the first day college coaches could contact him as a junior in high school.
Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
Blake Griffin’s vertical leap before entering the 2009 draft.
Los Angeles Lakers – 22
The number of girls on the 2010-11 Laker Girls roster.
Phoenix Suns – 32
The number of twitvids Jared Dudley has tagged JMZ exclusives.
Sacramento Kings – 260
The weight of Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside, who says he’s gained 25 pounds since Summer League.
Jonathan Santiago also co-hosts the weekly Davis Sports Deli Podcast, which can be found here.