Quick Knick-Suns Stats + Trivia!
Some interesting tidbits handed to me from the ESPN Stats & Information Department.
How important was Amar’e Stoudemire to the Suns and now to the Knicks? The Knicks have a .588 win percentage this season, a .235 increase from last season, which is the biggest increase in the NBA from last season to this season. The Suns have a .424 win percentage this season, a .234 decrease from last season, which is second-biggest decrease in the NBA (Cavaliers – .515 decrease).
Amar’e Stoudemire played for Mike D’Antoni with the Suns and now with the Knicks. Stoudemire is one of nine active players to play for the same coach with two different franchises. The Suns have one of those players as well. Grant Hill played for Alvin Gentry in Detroit, in addition to Phoenix.
The Knicks are 10-7 on the road this season. New York won 11 road games all of last season. This season, the Knicks are 2-4 against .500+ teams on the road and 8-3 against sub .500 teams on the road. Last season, the Knicks were 3-20 against .500+ teams on the road and 8-10 against sub .500 teams on the road.
Nash … hasn’t been on a losing team since the 1999-2000 season (Mavs went 40-42)… The departures by Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa were notable because it left Nash as the last player remaining from Phoenix’s 2006-07 team, when the Suns went 61-21, their second 60-win season in three years under Mike D’Antoni’s high-octane offense.
Raymond Felton is averaging more than 18 points and 8 assists per game this season. In [Knicks] franchise history, only two players have ever averaged 18 points and 8 assists for a season. Can you name them?