NBA Ball Hog Statistical Rankings: Update 1

NBA Ball Hog Statistical Rankings: Update 1

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NBA Ball Hog Statistical Rankings: Update 1


Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (9) goes to the basket defended by Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) and forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY


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, the rookies have not been shy about chucking, and the Knicks Kevin Knox leads the way.  At the other end of the spectrum, Nikola Jokic, LeBron James & James Harden are as anti-ball hog as you can get.


Here’s our top 20 at this point.

 NBA Ball Hog Statistical Ranking

(updated after Nov 20th games, only players with a qualifying amount of minutes played included, final number is the player’s Ball Hog Rating)

1 Kevin Knox Big Man 112.8
2 Tyrone Wallace Point Guard 102.6
3 Hassan Whiteside Big Man 94.6
4 Carmelo Anthony Wing 86.8
5 Antonio Blakeney Wing 81.6
6 Grayson Allen Wing 75.3
7 Harry Giles Big Man 74.1
8 Gerald Green Wing 73.9
9 Harrison Barnes Wing 73.0
10 Marvin Bagley Big Man 72.0
11 Klay Thompson Wing 67.5
12 Jaylen Brown Wing 66.6
13 Kelly Oubre Wing 66.3
14 Nikola Mirotic Big Man 64.4
15 Eric Gordon Wing 61.7
16 Kyle Kuzma Wing 60.2
17 Collin Sexton Point Guard 57.5
18 Serge Ibaka Big Man 55.9
19 Mario Hezonja Big Man 55.8
20 Andre Drummond Big Man 54.4


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