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:
DeMar DeRozan is the all-time leading scorer in Toronto Raptors history with 10,314 points scored.
He passed Chris Bosh (10,275) on Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors with this bucket:
DeRozan is also the franchise’s leader in games played (553) and field goals made (3,666), while closing in on Chris Bosh for team records in both minutes played (18,788 to Bosh’s 18,815) and free throws made (2,766 to Bosh’s 2,997).
In terms of scoring average, DeRozan’s career 18.7 points per game with the Raptors is fourth behind Vince Carter’s 23.4, Chris Bosh’s 20.2, and Damon Stoudamire’s 19.6 (although his current 27.4 points per game in 2016-17 is threatening to beat Vince Carter’s single-season record of 27.6 set in 2000-01).
Kyle Lowry’s .227 win shares per 48 minutes is on pace to be the highest single-season mark in franchise history.
Jonas Valanciunas currently holds the record with the .211 that he set just last year.
Also worth noting is the fact that Donyell Marshall holds the highest rate of win shares per 48 minutes over a Raptors career at .179 (set over 131 games with the team), but Lowry is creeping up on him at .176 (over 326 games and counting).
Lucas Nogueira has both the highest effective field goal percentage in the NBA at 72.7% and the highest true shooting percentage at 74.7%.
Effective field goal percentage is a weighted statistic that adjusts for the fact that a three-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal. True shooting percentage, meanwhile, is a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.
Unfortunately, Nogueira does not currently qualify for the NBA leaderboards in these categories because he is on pace to fall short of the minimum statistic requirement of 500 true shooting attempts (which is calculated as FGA + 0.44 * FTA) by the end of the season. We’re already over a third of the way through the current campaign and he only has 77.64 true shooting attempts.
Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, does qualify for the official leaderboards and is currently 12th in the league in effective field goal percentage at 58.0% and 10th in true shooting percentage at 63.1%.
The Raptors lead the NBA in points per touch at 0.285.
Just further evidence that they have have an incredibly efficient offense (that is still on pace to break the league record for offensive rating, if you’re keeping track).
From an individual player perspective, Terrence Ross leads the entire Association in points per touch at 0.528. His early-season bid to join the 50/40/90 club has taken a hit now that his field goal percentage has dipped to 46.5%, but he’s still having the most efficient season of his career.
Patrick Patterson scores 67.4% of his points from three-point range.
That rate places him fourth in the NBA, trailing only J.R. Smith (82.9%), Danny Green (75.0%), and Mirza Teletovic (71.9%).