Turn-Overs per game. There's an individual stat that I hardly ever pay attention to. But, the other day, I heard a coach bring out the old cliche about "we need to cut down turnovers." Check out the list of the top 20 most turnover prone:
per game total
1. Kobe Bryant 4.66 149
2. Dwyane Wade4.09 143
3. Richard Jefferson4.00 132
4. Steve Francis 3.88 128
5. Allen Iverson 4.13 128
6. Antoine Walker 3.72 119
7. LeBron James 3.42 113
8. Stephon Marbury 3.17 111
9. Steve Nash 3.14 110
10. Corey Maggette 3.37 101
11. Shaquille O'Neal 2.78 100
12. Yao Ming 3.03 100
13. Tony Parker 2.75 99
14. Carmelo Anthony 3.50 98
15. Paul Pierce 2.80 98
16. Carlos Boozer 2.67 96
17. Kevin Garnett 2.91 96
18. Al Harrington 3.00 96
19. Jamaal Tinsley 3.43 96
20. Pau Gasol 2.88 95
On the one hand, the list makes sense. It should be weighted toward PG's, since they spend more time handing the ball. Also, it should have its fair share of stars, since only a terrific player could turn the ball over so much and still stay on the floor. Also, good players on bad teams claim high positions because they're pushing to make something happen for the team (Kobe, for example, towers over the rest of the list -- he's also averaging nearly 2 more per game than his career average). But there are some things that surprised me:
-Only Tinsley from the Pacers sneaked into the bottom of this list. And he is ranked well below some of the best PGs in the league.
-Two guys who should definitely not be putting the ball on the floor much, Shaq and Yao, are both on the list.
-The Hawks have 2 guys on the list, which might explain why they stink.
-But the Heat also have two guys on the list, who just happen to be their 2 best players as well.
-Duncan has almost a full fewer turnovers per game than Garnett or Randolph.
A few other stats of note:
-The P's don't have a single player in the top 50 of Efficiency rankings or in rebounds.
-David Harrison is in the top ten for scoring among rookies and in the top 15 for rebounds.
-Once again we have a player in the top 10 for free throw percentages, but this year that person is Croshere. None of the other P's (including Reggie) are in the top 50.
-Tins remains in the top 5 in apg and spg.
Not sure what it all means, but numbers make me happy sometimes.