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Paul George’s 34-Point Outing Last Week Gave Him a Quirky Stat Crown
Neat stat from Hickory High: this week, nobody scored a higher percentage of their team’s points in a game than Paul George did when he poured in 34 points in Indiana’s 80-76 win over Chicago last Tuesday.
This week’s study was done to determine what position led the winning team in scoring with the most frequency. For all 53 games this week I recorded the position of the highest scoring player on the winning team and the percentage of his teams points he scored. I used ESPN’s box scores to determine what position each player qualified as.
In a resounding 35.8% of the games this week, the winning team was led by its small forward. On average, those small forwards scored 23.3% of their teams points. The position which the led the fewest winning teams was center, but when a center led the team in scoring, they actually averaged a higher percentage of the team’s points (25.1%) than any other position.
While Kevin Durant and LeBron James had a lot to say with the results of this study, it was Paul George who had the single most influential game of the week. The Pacers SF poured in 42.5% of Indiana’s points in a win against the Bulls on Tuesday, far and away the highest total in this 53 game sample.