The 2016-17 NBA regular season felt more like an online season with friends on NBA 2K17 than acutal reality, as incredible performances were as routine as Dirk Nowitzki making a one-legged step back jump shot.
You had two of the best single-season performances in NBA history in Russell Westbrook who averaged a triple-double and set a new mark for triple-doubles in a season. a record that was upheld for 57 years, and the other, James Harden, led the league in assists while averaging just under 30 points per game.
You had a 70 point game, numerous 50 point games, LeBron James having the most triple-doubles of his illustrious career, the Greek Freak becoming the first player in NBA history to be in the top 25 of all five major statistical categories, and the Rockets setting a new three-point record which is basically a yearly occurrence at this point.
When we look back on this season 10 years from now, whoever wins the NBA title will loom large in our minds, but our first thought may be how Westbrook made history and how this was the season of stat (not Amar’e Stoudemire).
Here are some interesting numbers about the 2016-17 NBA season:
The number of triple-doubles in the NBA this season, the previous record was 79.
New record for triple-doubles in a season set by Russell Westbrook.
Number of three-point shots attempted by the Houston Rockets this season, previous record was 2,680.
New record for three-pointers made in a season by the Rockets, previous record was 1,077 by Warriors last season.
Number of three-point shots made this season, new NBA record.
That is how many NBA teams averaged at least 10 made three-point shots per game.
Number of assists for the Golden State Warriors this season, 3rd all time behind the 84-85 Lakers and 82-83 Celtics.
Number of players who scored at least 50 points in a game this season, previous record was 8 in 89-90 and last season.
League-wide pace of play or possessions per 48 minutes for the 2016-17 season. This is the highest mark since the 1992-93 season.