Things are heating up in the NBA playoffs and the regular season has officially come and gone.
Let's take a look back at the 2017-18 NBA regular season to see how things shook out as far as statistical leaders. There was a lot of exciting young talent on display this season, but familiar names still sit near the top of each list.
One category however did yield an unexpected result. The NBA's steals leader this season was Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers. He is a candidate for most improved player and averaged 2.6 steals per contest. We see the number 2.6 again in the other defensive category, as the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis led the NBA with that many blocks per game.
The LA Clippers' DeAndre Jordan had the highest defensive rebound percentage at 37.6, but it was the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond who not only collected the most defensive rebounds, but also the most rebounds in general. He averaged 16 boards per game.
Offensive stats leaders
Last year's MVP, Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder averaged a triple-double again. It is the first time a player has ever accomplished the feat twice. He was the only player to even average double-digit assists this season at 10.2 a game. He also led in field goals missed and turnovers (by 34 TOs over LeBron). You have to take the bad with the good.
Speaking of Cleveland's LeBron James, he led the NBA in minutes in his age 33 season (36.9 per game). An impressive feat for the star that also made the most field goals in the NBA (857).
Now for the scoring champion. Three-point shooting and free throw prowess added up in a big way for the Houston Rockets' MVP hopeful, James Harden. He was the only player over the 30 ppg mark at 30.4 points per contest. He attempted and made the most triples and attempted and made the most free throws. He was third in assists and turnovers as well.
A few other interesting statistics
Six players made 90 percent or better at the free throw stripe: J.J. Redick, Jamal Murray, Marco Belinelli, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and the leader, Steph Curry (92 percent). Plenty of players shot a nice percentage from three, with Darren Collison hitting an impressive 46.8 percent.
Clint Capela of the Rockets edged DeAndre Jordan in field goal percentage with 65 percent. True shooting percentage (takes into account 2's, 3's, and FTs) was led by Steph Curry at 67.5 percent, with Springfield, MO's Anthony Tolliver in second.
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves had the most fouls, and the Charlotte Hornets' Dwight Howard had the most technicals (17).
All stats per Basketball Reference