Some interesting tidbits from the 2006 stat page (all stats as of Sunday morning):
* The best offense in the league is Flip Saunders’ new team, the Detroit Pistons. It shouldn’t be a surprise since the 6-0 Pistons have had four 100+ point outbursts. They are still playing at snail’s pace, as Detroit is the 3rd slowest team in the league. It’s slightly odd, because they don’t lead the league in any of the four factors, but right now the Pistons have 6 players sporting a PER of 20 or higher.
* The best defensive team in the league is Flip Saunders old team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Like the Pistons, the T-Wolves don’t lead the league in any of the four factors. Peering at their 82games.com page, so far they’ve done an excellent job at shutting down point guards and centers.
* The biggest surprise might be the PER leader. Speedy Claxton has a half point edge over LeBron. He is averaging 27.1 points per 40 minutes, fueled by a 56.6% eFG and 53 free throws made per 100 shot attempts. The Hornet’s other point guard, Chris Paul, is faring well as well. The rookie has a PER of 22.3, good enough for 35th in the league.
* The top 10 in PER:
RANK TEAM NAME 1 NOR Speedy Claxton PG 2 CLE LeBron James SF 3 SAS Tim Duncan FC 4 HOU Yao Ming C 5 LAC Elton Brand PF 6 MIN Kevin Garnett F 7 BOS Paul Pierce SG 8 DAL Dirk Nowitzki PF 9 WAS Gilbert Arenas PG 10 MIA Dwyane Wade G
* Not surprisingly, the Knicks are last in the league in offense, but are a respectable 9th on defense. Of the Knick rookies, Robinson (6.2 PER) is faring poorly, Lee (31.8) played well in the 2 games he has appeared, and Frye (18.1) is playing well enough to be starting at either power forward or center.