As many of you probably know, Nicolas Batum finished the regular season as the player who covered the most ground in the NBA. Batum finished the season having covered 216.0 miles, which is eight miles more than the next closest player. All of Portland’s starting backcourt ended the season in the Top 10 in distance traveled, with Damian Lillard coming in third at 207.5 miles and Wesley Matthews traveling 199.2 miles, good for eighth this season.
Batum also finished the season third in distance traveled per game at 2.6 miles per game. Lillard finished 12th in the NBA at 2.5 miles per game.
As a team, the Trail Blazers travelled 1,400.5 miles this season, fourth-most in the NBA behind the Spurs (1,443.8 miles), the Sixers (1,438.8 miles) and the Cavaliers (1,414.2 miles). The average speed of the team was 4.2 miles per hour and their distanced traveled per game was 17.1 miles.
TOUCHES AND POSSESSION
As you would expect, Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers in touches per game (which is defines as “the number of times a player touches AND possesses the ball”) with 84.0, which was good enough for 11th in the NBA this season. Lillard logged 6,888 total touches this season, fifth-best in the NBA, and possessed the ball an average of 6.9 minutes per game, eighth-best in the league.
In regards to elbow touches (which the NBA defines as “touches that originate within the 5 foot radius nearing the edge of the lane), LaMarcus Aldridge finished the season averaging 7.6 per game, good for ninth in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers as a team were 18th in the league this season in touches per game with an average of 416.0, which comes to 34,113 total touches this season. Portland possessed the ball an average of 18.8 minutes per game, 12th in the NBA, and were eighth in points per touch at 0.26. Portland’s 13.1 close touches per game (defined by the NBA as “all touches that originate within 12 feet of the basket, excluding drives) was third-worst in the NBA this season. By contrast, the Grizzlies led the NBA in close touches per game with 24.9.