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|
|7||Harry Giles||Big Man||74.1|
|10||Marvin Bagley||Big Man||72.0|
|14||Nikola Mirotic||Big Man||64.4|
|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|