Jon Cooper - 2009-10 By the Numbers
A numerical look at the 2009-10 season.
By Jon Cooper
The 2009-10 regular season was regular in name only for the Atlanta Hawks.
As the Hawks head into their third straight postseason and second straight year hosting a first-round series, here are just a few of the statistical highlights from the magical season gone by.
53 - The number of wins during the 2009-10 season.
204 - The number of games it took the Hawks to reach 53 wins at the start of Mike Woodson's coaching tenure. They did it in Boston, overcoming an 18-point first-quarter deficit, to beat the Celtics, 82-76, on Jan. 24, 2007.
13 - The number of seasons since the Hawks last won as many games as the 53 they did in '09-10. Atlanta won 56 games in 1996-97. That season also was the last time they won as many home games as the 34 they won this season.
10 – The Hawks’ current streak of consecutive winning months. The run, which began last February, is the third-longest streak in club history and is only two away from tying the franchise record, set from Jan. 1996 through Nov. 1997.
10 – The number of wins by at least 20 points, including seven decided by 24 or more.
39 - The number of Hawks wins in 48 games when scoring over 100 points.
39 - The number of Hawks wins in 51 games when holding opponents under 100 points.
13 - The number of Hawks wins in 33 games when scoring under 100 points.
13 - The number of Hawks wins in 30 games when allowing more than 100 points.
2 - The number of home losses in 15 home games against the Western Conference; one against the Southwest Division (Dallas) and one against the Northwest (Oklahoma City).
9 - The number of losses against the Western Conference. Atlanta was 7-3 against each division.
3 - The consecutive number of years Atlanta has defeated the Lakers at Philips Arena, including their 109-92 rout of L.A. on March 31.
14 - The number of seasons prior to ’09-10 since Atlanta swept a four-game season series from Boston.
25 - The total number of manpower games lost to injury. Joe Smith missed a team-high eight games, but no one else missed more than five games. Last year's team lost 160 games, While 78 of those games were lost by Speedy Claxton, Marvin Williams missed 19 games, Zaza Pachulia sat out 16 and Al Horford (14 games) and Josh Smith (13) each missed extensive time.
81 - The number of games played by starters Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Marvin Williams. Mike Bibby played in 80 games, while Johnson played in 76. Sixth man Jamal Crawford and Mo Evans played in 79 games, while Pachulia played in 78.
26 - The number of wins in 28 games when the Hawks shot at least 50 percent.
15.0/8.0/4.0 - Josh Smith's per-game averages for points, rebounds and assists. He was the only player in the league boasting that production. Smith averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 4.2 apg.
73 - The number of times in 81 games that “Smoove” had at least one block. On Feb. 2, he became the youngest player (24 years, 59 days) to reach 1,000 career blocks.
39 - The team-leading number of double-doubles by Al Horford, including 13 over the team's final 16 games.
25 - The number of consecutive free throws made by Horford to end season.
33 - Horford's career-high double-digit scoring streak, from Feb. 2 through April 9.
11 - The number of years since the Hawks had a starter in the NBA All-Star Game prior to Joe Johnson starting this year. Dikembe Mutombo was the last one to do so, starting the 1998 Game. Joe had 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-5 from three, with two steals, a rebound and an assist in 18 minutes.
11 - Johnson's ranking in scoring (21.3 ppg), and field goals made (635). He tied for 10th in minutes per game, with 38.0, all team highs. It marked the seventh straight season Johnson averaged at least 38 minutes per game, even though it was his season-low with Atlanta.
49 - The Hawks current, league-high streak of not losing three straight games.
49 - The number of wins in 55 games when leading with three minutes to play.
.759 - The Hawks' team free throw shooting percentage. It was good for 15th in the NBA. Last season they shot .737 and finished 28th.
.769 - The combined free throw shooting of starters Mike Bibby (.861), Marvin Williams (.819), Joe Johnson (.818), Al Horford (.789), and Josh Smith (.618) and Crawford (.857). The sextet converted 1,208 of 1,570 attempts. Jeff Teague (.837), Joe Smith (.813) and Mo Evans (.754) also made at least 75 percent of their free throws.
4 - The number of wins in seven games decided by two points or less in 2009-10.
1 - The number of wins last season in five games decided by two points or less.
15 – The total amount of victory in the Hawks’ three victories over first-round opponent Milwaukee.
3.45 - Mike Bibby's assist-to-turnover ratio, good for fifth in the League, behind Chris Paul (New Orleans), Carlos Arroyo (Miami), Jose Calderon (Toronto) and Jason Kidd (Dallas).
32 - The number of 20-point games by Crawford. At 18.0 ppg, "The Difference" was second on the team in scoring, only 3.3 points per game behind Johnson, and 29th in the League.
163 - Crawford's number of three-point field goals. It was seventh-best in the league and is the most by a player coming off the bench since Indiana's Chuck Person made 164 in 1994-95.
676 – The number of NBA games Crawford played prior to making his Playoff debut Saturday night with the Hawks.
17 - Mo Evans' double-figure-scoring games. Evans led the team in scoring on two occasions and also was the team's leading rebounder one time.
6 – The number of consecutive seasons Evans has made the playoffs. He’s never missed postseason in a full season, having made it with five different teams. Atlanta is the first team he’s played with in more than one postseason.
7/11 – J-Smoove’s career-best single-game steals total against Dallas on Feb. 26 and assists mark against Detroit on March 13.
5/7/47 - The number of times Horford led the team in assists, scoring and rebounds.
9 - The number of times Marvin led the team in rebounds. The Hawks were 19-5 when Williams grabbed at least seven boards. Nine also matched his career-best offensive rebounding game, March 5 against Golden State.
3.8/4.88 - Zaza Pachulia's rebounds per game average and field goal shooting percentage. Z was fifth in rebounding and third in shooting despite being eighth in minutes per game (14.0).
6 - The number of games rookie point Jeff Teague led the team in assists.
32:32/10/5/4/2 - The season-high minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals by Mario West in the season finale against Cleveland.
5,000 - The milestone number of field goals and assists surpassed by Mike Bibby in Jan. 2010. He recorded his 5,000th assist on New Year's Day against New York, becoming the sixth active player and 49th ever to do so. He made his 5,000th field goal in Houston on Jan. 25.
12,000/3,000: The milestone number of points and assists by Joe Johnson recorded during 2009-10. Both came against Golden State. He earned his 3,000th assist on Feb. 21 then scored his 12,000th point on March 5th at Philips.
10,000 - The milestone number of points by Crawford also scored against Golden State on Feb. 21.
Jon Cooper is a freelance writer based in Atlanta.