Re: What to make of the big decline in individual scoring averages?
Teams/players adapted to the weaker perimeter defensive rules. It took a while to adjust because not many knew how to defend superstar wing players like Bryant and Iverson, middle of the pack superstars like Pierce and Carter, or even the emerging players like James, Arenas, and Wade.
But you can see the drop off of ppg from 06 to 07. There's definitely not as many touch calls now and the free throws also have dropped off, I believe.