My task was simple enough – I wanted to figure out, statistically, who the biggest ball hog/black hole/teammate from hell/etc. was in the NBA. With the plethora of stats available today, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure that out, I surmised. While I was researching what stats I should use – Usage %, Assist % – I stumbled across a now defunct site – Basketball-Statistics – that had already done this back in 2009. Perfect!
After giving their formula some thought and test drives, it seems to pass muster. You can check out the formula here, but in summary it takes into account how much a player uses up his team’s possessions (Usage %), how well he shoots (True Shooting %) and how often he sets up his teammates (Assist %). It also takes into account what position on the court the player plays and adjusts the formula based on the average numbers players playing the same position puts on the board. So, for a true ball hog, we are looking for a guy with an above average Usage Rate (above 20%) who shoots poorly and doesn’t pass.
So far this season, if you pass the ball to the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, don’t expect to get it back (unless you crash the offensive glass). At the other end of the spectrum, LeBron James is as anti-ball hog as you can get – he is posting a -149.1 rating.
Here’s our top 20 at this point.
NBA Ball Hog Statistical Ranking
(updated after Feb 16th games, only players with a minimum of 826 minutes played included)
|TR||LR||Usage %||TS %||Assist %||Ball Hog Rating|
|1||2||Hassan Whiteside||Big Man||22.7||0.572||3.4||83.4|
|2||7||Andre Drummond||Big Man||23.5||0.525||5.6||77.7|
|3||NR||Brandon Knight||Point Guard||25.2||0.502||18.1||74.0|
|6||6||Kristaps Porzingis||Big Man||24.0||0.551||6.4||68.7|
|8||NR||JaVale McGee||Big Man||23.8||0.660||4.0||67.1|
|9||4||Harrison Barnes||Big Man||26.2||0.540||8.0||65.2|
|11||5||Emmanuel Mudiay||Point Guard||22.4||0.472||21.5||58.7|
|12||11||Derrick Rose||Point Guard||26.2||0.518||23.1||58.4|
|13||NR||Tyler Johnson||Point Guard||20.6||0.524||16.4||57.8|
|14||NR||Serge Ibaka||Big Man||21.0||0.569||5.9||57.4|
|16||8||Terrence Jones||Big Man||21.4||0.519||7.5||55.7|
|19||9||Lou Williams||Point Guard||30.6||0.609||22.8||54.1|
|20||15||Myles Turner||Big Man||21.0||0.597||5.9||52.4|