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 has scored 40 or more points in six games this year, the most ever by a Raptor in a single season.
The previous high was four games over one campaign, which Vince Carter did twice (2000-01 and 2001-02) and Chris Bosh did once (2007-08).
With 42 against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and 40 against the Miami Heat on Thursday, DeRozan became only the second player in franchise history to score 40 or more in back-to-back games, with Vince Carter being the only other one to pull that off back in December of 2001.
DeRozan has also scored 30 or more points in 28 games this year, closing in on Vince Carter’s record of 30 such occurrences in a single season, which he set in 2000-01.
DeMar DeRozan set two other records this week, becoming the franchise leader in made free throws with 3,008 after going 12-for-13 on Thursday, and attempting the most field goals in a single game with the 38 shots he took on Tuesday against the Bulls.
Chris Bosh held the previous team record for free throws made with 2,997 (a record he set in 77 fewer games than it took DeRozan to reach him), while Damon Stoudamire (December 1996) and Rudy Gay (November 2013) were tied for the previous franchise mark for field goal attempts in a single game with 37.
In addition to free throws made, DeRozan is also Toronto’s all-time leader in games played (586), minutes played (19,953), field goals made (3,983), field goals attempted (8,935), and points scored (11,205).
The Raptors lead the Association in double-digit comeback victories this season with 19.
That is also a franchise record.
The Raptors have a 63.7 net rating (points scored minus points allowed per 100 possessions) in 32 minutes of “clutch time” since the All-Star break.
Clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime when two teams are separated by five or fewer points.
The Raptors easily have the best clutch net rating in the NBA over that span, with the San Antonio Spurs having the next closest mark at 33.1 in 42 minutes of clutch time.
The Raptors’ offensive rating of 136.2 (points scored per 100 possessions) and defensive rating of 72.5 (points allowed per 100 possessions) in such situations are both simply ridiculous.
The top three on-court net ratings on the Raptors since the All-Star break (minimum 100 minutes played) belong to Fred VanVleet (17.3), Delon Wright (9.8), and Jakob Poeltl (9.4).
The young guns are getting it done. This team is stupid deep.