As always, it’s time for another edition of…
The Weekly Fives
As we near the end of TWF, we look at a category unlike any other stat we have analyzed this season. That stat is turnovers per game. Although not a positive statistic by any stretch, it is still essential and important for the game as a whole. Typically, players that handle the ball a lot average the most turnovers, as they have a much higher chance of getting the ball taken away from them during the game. The record, in that case, is held by a point guard, Pete Maravich, who averaged five turnovers over the course of the 1977-78 season. Obviously, Maravich was not a bad player at all, but simply was his team’s primary ball handler. That team, by the way, was the ancient New Orleans Jazz, a franchise long gone on their way to Utah.
Interestingly enough, that forty year-old record is set to be broken this year, as BOTH Russell Westbrook and James Harden average over the five turnovers per game needed to beat Maravich. If you were to look back a few weeks ago, you would notice that Harden and Westbrook are one and two in the triple-double race. As these two stats run conversely to each-other, it is no surprise that when both of them average a very high amount of points, rebounds, and assists per game, they also average a high amount of turnovers. James Harden is the overall leader, at a staggering 5.8 TOPG. This has definitely sparked debates, and made some speculate if they should really “Fear the Beard”.
For the men in the NCAA, turnovers are definitely an issue. With less-confident ball handlers, and pesky defensive philosophies, the college basketball landscape can be a crazy one. Being the primary ball handlers for Creighton, Maurice Watson Jr. and Marcus Foster are one and two, respectively, in turnovers per game. Same is true for Nebraska, as Tai Webster sits on top of the stat board, with 3.3 TOPG. Unsurprisingly, Tra-Deon Hollins and Marcus Tyus are the leaders for the Omaha Mavericks in regards to turnovers per game. While not necessarily a positive statistic, it is one that is happens naturally.
In high school, turnovers are more a part of the game than at any other level. With a looser game being played, the ball often is stolen, one way or another. Kaleb Gonzales of Miniature averages an astounding 7.5 TOPG. Other players, just like him, seem to have the same problems. However, as mentioned, that is high school basketball in a nutshell.
- James Harden, Houston Rockets (5.8 TOPG)
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (5.5 TOPG)
- John Wall, Washington Wizards (4.3 TOPG)
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (4.2 TOPG)
- Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (3.8 TOPG)
- Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha (3.8 TOPG)
- Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton (3.7 TOPG)
- Tai Webster, Nebraska (3.3 TOPG)
- Marcus Tyus, Omaha (2.4 TOPG)
- Marcus Foster, Creighton (2.1 TOPG)
- Kaleb Gonzales, Miniature (7.5 TOPG)
- Trystin Gielissen, Hyannis (6.1 TOPG)
- Jessee Stowe, Homer (5.9 TOPG)
- Colby Crow, McPherson County (5.6 TOPG)
- Jarrod Shoup, Hampton (5.3 TOPG)
(Stats as of 3/4/17)
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Senior App Associate, Nebraska
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, COJMC