Brooklyn Nets: Leaderboards, awards contention through 10 games

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Brooklyn Nets on the charts

The Brooklyn Nets have several players among the NBA leaders through 10 games:

  • Joe Harris: 60.0% 3PT (1st), 72.7% TS (2nd), 72.2% EFG (2nd), 30 3PT (t-6th), 55.6% FG (20th)
  • Ed Davis: 18.9 ORB% (1st), 24.8% TRB (3rd), 30.6 DRB% (9th), 29 ORB (t-11th)
  • Jarrett Allen: 19 BLK (t-7th), 1.9 BPG (t-7th), 61.3% FG (9th), 5.6 BLK% (13th), 62.7 % EFG (16th)
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: 5.1 TOV% (7th)
  • Caris LeVert: 15 STL (t-11th), 200 PTS (15th), 157 FGA (t-16th), 75 FG (t-17th)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie: 30 PF (t-17th)
  • D’Angelo Russell: 53 AST (t-18th), 61 3PA (t-20th)
  • Shabazz Napier: 48.0% 3PT (t-18th)

When you see those percentage breakdowns, you really get an appreciation for what Ed Davis has brought to the Nets with his work on the glass.

He is now tied with Jarrett Allen for the team lead in rebounding at 7.7 per game, but his 16.5 rebounds per 36 minutes is six clear of anyone else in the regular rotation. (Kenneth Faried is at 16.0, but that’s in 18 minutes in four appearances.)

But what Joe Harris is doing from 3-point range is bordering on insane. Harris is 30-for-50 so far this season and leads the NBA with his 60.0 percent mark.

When a guy takes five of his nine shot attempts per game from deep and still qualifies for the top 20 in overall field goal percentage? Yeah, don’t touch because you may melt a finger.

Harris emerged as the starter at the 3 in the preseason after DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe were hurt, with Caris LeVert sliding to the 2. Essentially, the pair is interchangeable in the Nets’ 5-out offense, but we still cling to positional definitions in the position-less basketball era.

The NBA record for 3-point shooting in a single season belongs to Steve Kerr, who shot 52.4 percent for the Chicago Bulls in 1994-95 — but that was one of the three seasons in which the NBA, in its infinite wisdom, thought scoring would go up if the 3-point line was closer.

In a season with the real 3-point distance, the best mark is held by Jon Sundvold, who hit 52.2 percent from deep for the expansion Miami Heat in 1988-89.

The one concern for Harris is that, unlike many of the top 3-point shooters in the game, he elevates so much on the jump shot. But his mechanics have been so locked in this year that you can’t see a noticeable difference if you put all 50 of his attempts on a loop.

That might make him less of a contender for the 3-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend (tough to keep jumping like that for five racks of five balls in a short span, but if his legs stay healthy, Harris might just be that locked in.