Kings set embarrassing mark in team turnovers

Kings set embarrassing mark in team turnovers

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Kings set embarrassing mark in team turnovers

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These were not your Grandma’s apple turnovers.

The Sacramento Kings put a foul taste in viewers’ mouths by way of sloppy play this season. Turnovers were the common theme, and there was more variety than Ben & Jerry’s flavors. Over-dribbling, forced passes and offensive fouls all contributed to a year of wasted possessions.

Sacramento averaged 16.3 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the NBA and the most as a franchise since the 1998-99 season. The Kings recorded at least 20 turnovers in a match 20 times this season, and notched single-digit totals only twice. It was a telling sign when the team spilled a season-high 27 turnovers in a season-opening loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The table below shows the turnovers between three Kings head coaches this season.

W-L record Assists p/g Turnovers p/g Points off turnovers
Michael Malone 11-13 19.5 16.3 14.7
Tyrone Corbin 7-21 19.2 16.5 15.5
George Karl 11-19 22.1 16.0 15.5

 

The table below breaks down turnover responsibilities among the players (number in parenthesis is games played with the Kings).

Assists p/g Turnovers p/g Turnovers per 36 min % of team’s total turnovers
DeMarcus Cousins(59) 3.6 4.3 4.5  19.1%
Rudy Gay(68) 3.7 2.7 2.7  13.7%
Darren Collison(45) 5.6 2.5 2.6  8.4%
 Andre Miller(30) 4.7 1.9 3.4  4.4%
Ben McLemore(82) 1.7 1.7 1.7  10.4%
Ramon Sessions(36) 2.7 1.4 2.9  3.8%
Omri Casspi(67) 1.5 1.3 2.2  6.6%
 Ray McCallum(68) 2.8 1.3 2.1  6.4%
David Stockton(3) 3.0 1.3 4.4  0.3%
Jason Thompson(81) 1.0 1.0 1.5  6.3%
Reggie Evans(47) 0.7 1.0 2.1  3.4%
Derrick Williams(74) 0.7 0.8 1.4  4.2%
 Carl Landry(70) 0.4 0.8 1.6  4.1%
Nik Stauskas(73) 0.9 0.5 1.3  3.0%
Quincy Miller(6) 0.5 0.5 1.8  0.2%
Ryan Hollins(46) 0.3 0.5 2.0  1.9%
David Wear(2) 0.5 0 0  0%
Sim Bhullar(3) 0.3 0 0  0%
Eric Moreland(3) 0.0 0 0  0%

 

Analysis

  • Michael Malone’s firing in mid-December damaged the Kings’ offensive efficiency as well as its defense. Luckily for the franchise, George Karl jump-started the team’s ball movement and made strides towards fixing the sloppiness.
  • DeMarcus Cousins ranked second in the NBA with a career-high in turnovers per game. While he faced constant double and triple-teams, a few of Cousins’ turnovers were the result of his decisions as point center. Perhaps it’s time to let a guard run the the offense.
  • Rudy Gay saw a drop in usage percentage of 27.6 to 27.0 from a year ago. More than subsequently his turnovers per game decreased by nearly a half.
  • When healthy, Darren Collison looked poised as the Kings’ floor general, but he’d like to cut down mistakes in his second go-around.
  • Shooting guard Ben McLemore improved his decision making in his sophomore NBA season to increase his assists by 0.7 and his turnovers to 0.5 per contest.
  • Ray McCallum, who started at point for the the final 30 games of the season, managed a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio. That will have to improve if he hopes to compete for a starting role at the one.
  • Speaking of 2-1 ratios, current Wizard and eight-year veteran Ramon Sessions couldn’t manage one. His trade departure was best for both parties.
  • Sessions’ replacement, 39-year-old Andre Miller, breathed life into the Kings’ stagnant ball movement. Nearly two turnovers per game off the bench left more to be desired, but he provided a much needed jolt to the second unit.
  • Rim attacker Derrick Williams had a superb season taking care of the ball. The forward’s knack to drive and put the ball on the floor without getting picked is one of his most underrated skills.
  • Despite his struggles shooting the rock, Nik Stauskas was responsible with the leather. As the season wore on, the off guard increased his dribbling and passing with no harm done.
  • Coaches will review game tape in the offseason and conclude that Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins should see a reduction in touches.

 

The Kings built some momentum rolling into the offseason, but the 2014-15 campaign will serve as a painful reminder of the consequences of careless basketball.

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