To take a closer look at the newest Laker a day after his introductory press conference, we broke down some numbers from the career of Ron Artest:
Defensive Player of the Year honor, which came in 2004 when Artest played for the Indiana Pacers. He credits former Pacers center Jermaine O’Neal’s shot blocking for allowing him to be more aggressive on the perimeter, and said he looks forward to playing with L.A.’s twin seven footers for similar reasons.
Players in NBA history to post career averages of 16+ points, 5+ rebounds, 3+ assists and 2+ steals. The list: Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler and Artest. The major difference in numbers between the three is scoring, as Jordan averaged 30.1 points, Drexler 20.4 and Artest 16.1.
NBA All-Defensive Teams for Artest, who twice made both the First Team (2004, 2006) and Second Team (2003, 2009).
Times among the league’s top five in steals per game: 2nd in 2001-02; 2nd in 02-03; 3rd in 03-04; T-2nd in 06-07; T-2nd 07-08.
Career high for steals in a game, which Artest has accomplished four separate times. His high in 2008-09 came against the Lakers on Mar. 11, when he totaled six thefts.
Pick in the 1999 NBA draft. Some players taken ahead of Artest were very good: Elton Brand (1); Baron Davis (3); Lamar Odom (4); Richard Hamilton (7); Andre Miller (8); Shawn Marion (9); and Jason Terry (10). Some were not: Jonathan Bender (5); Alex Redojevic (12); Trajan Langdon (11); William Avery (14) and Frederick Weis (15). Coming after Artest were James Posey (18), Devean George (23) and Andrei Kirilenko (24).
Times Ron-Ron has scored 30 or more points in a game.
Artest’s career-high scoring output (two times).
Career field goal percentage for the one-time All Star.
Total games missed by Artest in the last three seasons; he played in 69 of Houston’s 82 last season.
Free throw percentage from Artest in 2008-09. He’s a career 72.3 percent shooter from the stripe and has never shot higher than 75 percent (2000-01).
Steals in his 69 games (1.52 per game), which led the Rockets and was good for 12th in the league, just above Kobe Bryant’s 1.46 steals.
Three-point field goals made by Artest for Houston last season, a single-season career high. He attempted 383 triples, also a career high, converting at a 39.9 percent rate. That would have led the Lakers, who were paced by Derek Fisher’s 39.7 percent success rate in the regular season.