The only good thing coming out of NYK-land is Knickerblogger, whose comprehensive stat-keeping keeps us entertained while watching really bad NFL football.  What do KB's early season efficiency stats tell us about the Clippers?

  • The Clippers are 4th in the league in defensive efficiency - number of points allowed per 100 possessions - behind only Sacramento, Chicago, and New Jersey, despite playing PHX twice in the first six games. They rank 4th in opponents' FG efficiency, as well.

  • The Clips are clearing the boards on the defensive end and allowing relatively few offensive rebounds, 9th in the league.

  • On the offensive end, the Clippers rank 8th in efficiency, scoring 93.8 points per 100 possessions. 

  • The most eye-popping stat?  The Clippers rank 2nd in turnovers, giving the ball up only 14.1 times per 100 possessions.  This probably goes a long way to explaining the 8th-in-the-league number.  Last season, the Clips were in the middle of the pack. 

  • Interestingly, the Clippers rank near the bottom in Offensive FG efficiency (27th), further testimony to the low turnover number.  When the stats reflect that a non-turnover possession on both ends yields an average of at least one point, you can get away with mediocre three-point shooting (last in 3PM/per game; 28th in 3P%). 

  • Something else helpful: Clippers again demonstrate an ability to get to the line. They rank 7th in FTM/FGA, after ranking 8th last year. 

Once the Clips integrate Chris Kaman back into the regular flow of their offense, we can expect that FG efficiency number to bounce upward, and for that stingy TO number to rise.