Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion.
We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section.
OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:
Since November 25th, Kyle Lowry has hit 56 of his 96 attempts from deep for a league-leading three-point percentage of 58.3 percent over that span.
On the season as a whole, Lowry is sixth in the NBA in long-range accuracy at 45.3 percent and third in made threes with 91 (tied with James Harden and trailing only Eric Gordon’s 112 and Stephen Curry’s 110).
The Raptors have scored 100 or more points in each of their last 15 games, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Their longest streak of games with 100-plus points is 20, set in 2010 between January 6th and February 20th.
If the Raptors can score 100 or more points in every game on this upcoming six-game road trip, they will set a new franchise record for consecutive games hitting the century mark when the trip concludes on January 3rd against the San Antonio Spurs.
DeMar DeRozan has scored 30 or more points in 15 games this season, including a streak of five consecutive games with 30-plus (to start the season) and another streak of four such games (last week, for which he won Eastern Conference Player of the Week honours).
We’re roughly a third of the way through the season and DeRozan is already only two 30-point performances away from matching his career high of 17 such games in a single campaign, which he set in 2013-14.
He’s also halfway to matching Vince Carter’s franchise record of 30 games in a single season with 30 or more points scored, which he set in 2000-01.
As for DeRozan’s streaks of scoring 30-plus in both five and four straight games at different times this season, they stand as the longest and tied for the second-longest in team history (Mike James also had four consecutive games with 30-plus points in 2005-06).
For the record, Vince Carter never strung together more than three such games in a row (which he did on six different occasions and DeMar has done on three).
Terrence Ross’ 4.1 percent turnover percentage is the lowest in the NBA among players qualified for the leaderboards.
Ross is turning the ball over roughly once every 100 possessions (0.9), which is a career low.
DeMarre Carroll, meanwhile, is fourth in the league in turnover percentage at 5.1 percent and the Raptors, as a team, are tops in the Association at 11.0%.
The Raptors are 30th in the NBA in defensive rebound percentage at 73.6 percent.
Despite that clear deficiency on the defensive glass, the Raptors still manage to rank 20th in total rebound percentage at 49.8%, thanks to having the seventh-highest offensive rebound percentage in the Association at 25.8%.
All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com and NBA.com/stats.