NBA Ball Hog Statistical Ranking: December Update

Nov 8, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in action during the game between the Mavericks and the Knicks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

In the early going, a surprise name shows up on top – Frank Jackson (who dat?!). At the other end of the spectrum, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are as anti-ball hog as you can get.


Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today!


 NBA Ball Hog Statistical Ranking

(only players with a qualifying amount of minutes played included, stats up to and including Dec 22nd)

Rank Last Ball Hog Score
1 13 Frank Jackson Point Guard 86.7
2 7 Kristaps Porziņģis Big 84.4
3 2 Kyle Kuzma Big 81.8
4 NR Chris Clemons Point Guard 80.7
5 NR Dwayne Bacon Wing 79.8
6 5 Terrence Ross Wing 79.2
6 3 T.J. Warren Wing 79.2
8 NR Lonnie Walker Wing 74.1
9 14 Kelly Oubre Wing 72.7
10 NR Jordan Poole Wing 67.7
11 12 Marcus Morris Big 60.7
12 20 Dillon Brooks Wing 59.8
13 16 Jaren Jackson Big 57.2
14 15 Darius Garland Point Guard 56.6
15 4 Collin Sexton Wing 56.1
16 NR RJ Barrett Wing 55.3
17 17 Bojan Bogdanović Wing 54.3
18 19 Tim Hardaway Wing 51.9
19 10 Buddy Hield Wing 51.7
20 NR Dennis Schröder Point Guard 50.1