Advanced stats can truly help us get an insight on why teams are better when some players are on or off the court, registering numbers that we wouldn’t be able to notice by simply watching basketball games.
Nonetheless, this stats can be easily taken out of context, as, sometimes, the sample size isn’t big enough to actually be able to tell you something statistically relevant, or even slightly important.
For instance, if you take a look at the numbers some guy post per 36 minutes, you’d think they’re superstars when the truth is that they’re just bottom of the bench kind of guys. Today, we’re going to let you know about 10 unknown players that have insane points per 36 mins averages.
10. Jameel Warney
Jameel Warney is a power-forward center that made 3 appearances for the Dallas Mavericks the prior campaign after signing a 10-day contract, and his Per 36 min averages are 22.7 points and 12 rebounds on 58% shooting, but he’s no DeMarcus Cousins for sure.
9. PJ Dozier
If you take a look at PJ Dozier’s Per 36 averages, maybe you’d think we’re talking about a dominant big man of the likes of Joel Embiid, averaging 24 points and 12 boards a game, but the truth is that he just played 3 mins in 2 appearances all season.
8. Boban Marjanovic
To be fair, and all jokes aside, I do think Boban Marjanovic is really efficient and should be granted more playing time. Obviously, he’s not as good as his Per 36 mins averages say 22.9 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
7. MarShon Brooks
There was a time when we all actually thought MarShon Brooks was going to be quite a solid scorer, but he’s yet to establish himself as a reliable role player. Even so, he posted Per 36 mins averages of 26.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals a game on 7 games last season.
6. Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown has been around the league for some years now but has only been able to make over 40 appearances throughout his entire career. Spending most of his time in the G-League, he posted Per 36 mins averages of 27 points and 9 dimes a game with 0 turnovers, the next Chris Paul anybody?
5. Jonathan Gibson
If you take a look at Jonathan Gibson’s Per 36 min averages, maybe you wouldn’t believe that this guy made his NBA debut at age 29. Averaging 30.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.6 dimes, he’d be a great point guard if it wasn’t for the fact that he only played for 40 minutes throughout the whole past season.
4. Vince Hunter
Vince Hunter is one of those guys that’s signed and then almost immediately waived, doing it with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and then the Memphis Grizzlies, where he made 4 appearances and posted Per 36 min averages of 30.9 points, 15.4 rebounds (10.3 offensive rebounds) and 5.1 blocks a game. Not bad for a big man, huh?
3. Edmond Sumner
Considering how short the point guard market is nowadays, some teams should definitely take a look at Edmond Sumner. C’mon, this guy posted Per 36 min averages of 36 points and 18 rebounds a game. On a not so high note, he also averaged 18 personal fouls a game, mostly because he only played for 2 minutes throughout the whole season.
2. David Stockton
If you thought John Stockton was great, you should take a look at his son’s numbers. I mean, he’s coming off a season where he averaged 40 points on 66% from the floor and 100% shooting. Sadly, he made just a handful of appearances and is nowhere near half as talented as his pops.
1. Naz Mitrou-Long
Forget about Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant. If you’re looking for a scorer, you’ve got to go find Naz Mitrou-Long’s highlights. You’re probably never going to find them, because “3zus of Nazareth” only spent a minute on an NBA hardwood. Still, the shooting guard posted a PER of 133.8 with 100% shooting and an average of 108 points per 36 minutes. He’s the ultimate GOAT.