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2007-08 NBA Stats Leaders: LeBron James Won His Only Scoring Title, Dwight Howard And Chris Paul Were Leaders In Rebounds And Assists

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2007-08 NBA Stats Leaders: LeBron James Won His Only Scoring Title, Dwight Howard And Chris Paul Were Leaders In Rebounds And Assists

Leading the NBA in per-game stats is an extraordinary achievement, and only the best players in specific categories manage to have records. We have compiled a list of the highest per-game stats during the 2008 season, a year filled with player movement and a ton of drama. This was the season where Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces with Paul Pierce in Boston, and the Celtics later won the NBA title by defeating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the NBA Finals. By gathering stats the most important offensive and defensive stats, here are the 10 players holding the records for the 10 major categories during the 2007-2008 season.

One of these categories is not too impressive (turnovers per game) due to its negative impact on the court, but all the others are. Some names are expected based on their track record in the NBA, but others might be a little surprising. In order to revisit one of the greatest seasons in NBA history, the list of these statistics will showcase the playing power of multiple All-Stars during that time.

PPG: LeBron James - 30.0

LeBron James Cavs

2nd Place: Kobe Bryant (28.3 PPG), 3rd Place: Allen Iverson (26.4 PPG)

LeBron James is arguably the greatest passer in NBA history other than Magic Johnson because he makes everyone around him better and is a leader of the highest order. Everywhere James went in his career, he made people better (on and off the court). The King truly has that kind of impact, but his scoring often gets overlooked. LeBron is also one of the greatest scorers of all time, averaging 27.0 PPG for his career and getting close to breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record by the day.

LeBron also has one scoring title that came in the 2008 season, when he dropped 30.0 PPG as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James was clearly the biggest star in Cleveland sports history, and he was at his scoring-best in 2008. Cleveland had a 45-37 record and made it to the second round of the playoffs, with LeBron having the biggest impact on the court for his team. With a mix of his inside scoring (53.1% 2-point FG) and outside shooting (31.5%), James was getting it done on the offensive side of the floor. One of the greatest drivers of basketball ever, James was an unstoppable force in 2008 and will go down in history as such.

RPG: Dwight Howard - 14.2

Dwight Howard Orlando Magic

2nd Place: Marcus Camby (13.1 RPG), 3rd Place: Tyson Chandler (11.7 RPG)

Making his second straight All-Star appearance, Dwight Howard was a dominant superstar for the Orlando Magic as he averaged 14.2 RPG and 2.1 BPG. The best defensive player in the league, Howard used a mix of force and athleticism to swat shots away and haul in rebounds while defending the rim. The All-Star center was a feared player on defense and he did it at an elite level for years as a member of the Magic.

Thanks to Dwight’s impact as a defender, the Orlando Magic had the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference although they could not progress to the Eastern Conference Finals. Nonetheless, Dwight was a force as a shot-blocker and rim-protector who would go on to win a whopping 3 Defensive Player of the Year Awards. No matter what critics can say about Howard’s lack of post moves, his impact came on the defensive side of the floor.

APG: Chris Paul - 11.6

Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets

2nd Place: Steve Nash (11.1 APG), 3rd Place: Deron Williams (10.5 APG)

In his first All-Star season in the NBA, Chris Paul led the league in assists per game as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. The point guard averaged 11.6 APG and would go on to lead the league in APG 3 other times. Currently, in the 2021-22 season, Paul is leading the league in assists. It is amazing how dominant Paul has been at his position, and the 2008 season was another example of that. The 6’0” point guard led the league in assists in 2008 as a 22-year-old, and also led the league in steals.

CP3 also led the Hornets to a 56-26 record which was good for 2nd in the Western Conference. Alongside All-Star David West, Chris Paul was a dominant force on the court although he could not get past the second round of the playoffs. The New Orleans Hornets team went as Chris Paul went, and the point guard’s playmaking skills made him one of the best players in the league during the 2007-2008 NBA season.

SPG: Chris Paul - 2.7

Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets

2nd Place: Baron Davis (2.3 SPG), 3rd Place: Metta World Peace (2.3 SPG)

Chris Paul got his recognition for being the best playmaker in the NBA, but he also did it on the defensive side of the ball by gathering steals. CP3 has led the league in steals 6 times in his career so far, the first time coming in the 2008 season. With the Hornets, Chris Paul developed into a superstar player on both ends of the court despite his rather miniature size at 6’0”.

Paul had a knack for playing passing lanes, poking the ball, and using his defensive awareness to be a pest at staying in front of opponents. CP3 never had a chance at dominating a game with his size, but he used his genius defensive skills to master that end of the floor and that was a major reason the Hornets started becoming a factor in the Western Conference. The 2008 season was just the beginning of things to come because Paul would go on to have a spectacular Hall of Fame career that includes 11 All-Star appearances, 9 All-Defensive Team performances, and an NBA Finals appearance.

BPG: Marcus Camby - 3.6

Marcus Camby

2nd Place: Josh Smith (2.8 BPG), 3rd Place: Chris Kaman (2.8 BPG)

As great as Howard was as a defensive player, he did not lead the NBA in blocks per game. That honor goes to Marcus Camby of the Denver Nuggets. The 6’11” center averaged 3.6 BPG to lead the league in blocks, his 3rd straight time and 4th overall. Alongside Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, Camby formed a nice Big Three for the Nuggets that were exciting to watch and had a lot of promise.

Camby was older at 33 years old and was not the athlete he used to be, but his defensive awareness was at an all-time high. The big man was always in the right spots, played hard, and never backed down against any of the top offensive players in the league. Averaging over 3 BPG for 4 straight years is no easy feat, but Camby accomplished that in the 2008 season that was certainly one to remember.

TOV: Steve Nash - 3.6

Steve Nash

2nd Place: LeBron James (3.4 TOV), 3rd Place: Deron Williams (3.4 TOV)

Steve Nash is one of the greatest point guards of all time and was fresh off two MVP seasons in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The point guard led the NBA in assists per game for 3 straight seasons prior to the 2008 season, and the Canadian was on his game again averaging 11.1 APG. But handling the ball as much as Nash did with the Phoenix Suns was always getting to lead to a high turnover rate, and the star averaged 3.6 TOV.

Nash was a master at dribbling rings around the defense, finding his teammates for open shots, or getting himself a good look. More often than not, he would get an open shot for one of his effective teammates whether it was Amar’e Stoudemire or Shawn Marion. Averaging over 3 TOV is not a statistic to be proud of, but Nash will be given a pass here for having one of the greatest playmakers of his generation.

MPG: Allen Iverson - 41.8

Allen Iverson

2nd Place: Joe Johnson (40.8 PPG), 3rd Place: LeBron James (40.4 PPG)

After getting traded to the Denver Nuggets the season prior, Allen Iverson led the NBA in minutes per game during the 2008 season. The Answer averaged 26.4 PPG on 45.8% shooting from the field, but also led the NBA with a whopping 41.8 MPG. Iverson was known for playing heavy minutes because he loved the game and was willing to play every second on the floor if he could. With the Nuggets, it was obvious he needed to play maximum minutes alongside Carmelo Anthony to make an impact.

Denver was a solid team in 2008 but were not able to have success in the playoffs as they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. But the team had the pieces to be a factor with Iverson playing heavy minutes and Carmelo playing like a superstar (25.7 PPG), although they were not able to get over the hump. Allen Iverson is one of the all-time greats, and his willingness to play over 41 MPG was one of the reasons why.

Field-Goal Percentage: Andris Biedrins - 62.6%

Andris Biedrins

2nd Place: Tyson Chandler (62.3 FG%), 3rd Place: Dwight Howard (59.9 FG%)

The 6’11” Latvian was not a star player, but he was certainly effective around the rim. Biedrins only averaged 6.3 PPG for his career, but he was proficient in grabbing boards (7.0 RPG) and also getting himself in positions to score the ball easily. The former Golden State Warriors center averaged 62.6% shooting from the field in 2008, a great number considering he scored 10.5 PPG and also grabbed 9.8 RPG.

Biedrins was hardly capable of creating his own offense and often had to rely on his star players to get him the ball. Of course, playing with an All-Star caliber player like Baron Davis certainly helped in getting the ball in great positions. The center fed off his stars, kept his movement around the rim, and never played outside his capabilities which is why he has averaged over 59% shooting for his career.

Three-Point Percentage: Jason Kapono - 48.3%

Jason Kapono

2nd Place: Steve Nash (47.0 3-PT FG%), 3rd Place: James Jones (44.4 3-PT FG%)

One of the greatest three-point shooters ever, Jason Kapono won the 3-Point Contest twice in a row during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The shooting guard averaged 44.4% shooting from deep over his career, including 51.4% in 2007 and 48.4% in 2008. Kapono played for the Toronto Raptors in 2008, averaging only 18.9 MPG because he was not a factor on defense and was incapable of creating offense for himself.

But as a spot-up shooter, Kapono was one of the best ever. The 6’8” journeyman was spectacular in 2008, averaging 7.2 PPG. Kapono played alongside Chris Bosh in Toronto, so playing alongside a superstar meant he had plenty of opportunities to get his shots off. Clearly, Kapono benefited from his chances on the court which is why he led the NBA in 3-point percentage in 2008.

Free-Throw Percentage: Peja Stojakovic - 92.9%

Peja Stojakovic

2nd Place: Chauncey Billups (91.8 FT%), 3rd Place: Ben Gordon (90.8 FT%)

One of the greatest shooters ever and one of the most underrated players of his generation, Peja Stojakovic averaged 40.1% from three over his career and 89.5% from the free-throw line over his career, clearly the marks of an all-time great shooter. The Serbian scorer made a total of 3 All-Star Teams and also made the 2004 All-NBA Team, but has not earned his spot on the Hall of Fame yet. But in 2008, Peja topped the charts in free-throw shooting.

Stojakovic averaged 92.9% from the free-throw line in 2008, which led the NBA. Peja also led the NBA in free-throw shooting during the 2004 season, nailing 92.7% shooting from three. Stojakovic had a knack for making his shots, whether it was from the three-point line or free-throw line, but he was at his best from the stripe again in the 2008 season.


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