We've come to the point where the "new LaMarcus" has played exactly as many games this season as the "old LaMarcus." The "old LaMarcus" played 26 games, and then BRoy, our franchise player, went out with double knee surgeries. The "new LaMarcus" has filled the void as go to guy quite remarkably. What do the scoring and rebounding stats tell us about this tale of two half seasons?
The "old LaMarcus" averaged 17.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. This is consistent with his prior three (non-rookie) years, in which he averaged 17.9 and 7.7.
So what has the "new LaMarcus" done? Just averaged 25.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. He jumped his scoring by 43% and his rebounding by 28%!
Points-wise, "new LaMarcus" would be tied witrh Kobe and DWade for 4th in scoring, behind only Durant, Amare, and LeBron,
If you make a "big man index" that adds points per game and rebounds per game, the rankings of this year's top big men are as follows:
1 Love 37.0
2 "new LaMarcus": 36.6
3 Dwight Howard 36.1
4 Durant 36.0
5 Griffin 35.7
6 Amare 35.1
7+: 33 or below: LeBron, Randolph, Carmelo, Nowitzski, Gasol
"old LaMarcus": 25.8
"New LaMarcus" has vaulted himself to the top of the pack of NBA big men! What a remarkable transformation! Congratulations, LA, and keep it up. Good things lay ahead!