Friday, April 29, 2011

Dwight Howard Playoffs -- Worst Playoff Assist to Turnover Performance EVER!?!?

Howard in 6 games had 33 turnovers and 3 assists. That is an assist to turnover ratio of 0.09.

For a big man, 1-1 is outstanding, 1-2 is acceptable, 1-3 is well, getting pretty bad. When you get down to 1 assist for every 4 turnovers, you really should be getting the ball far less than you are.
So, let's put the filters at 30 minutes per game and 6 total playoff games:

Okafor's performance this year netted the Hornets 0 assists and 12 turnovers. So his ratio was infinite. But still, Howard had 21 more turnovers than Okafor:
http://bkref.com/tiny/bGbno

Peja had a year with 18 turnovers and 3 assists: http://bkref.com/tiny/MYjji

Shawn Kemp had a year with 4 assists and 27 turnovers -- but a better ratio than Howard and 6 fewer turnovers in 3 more games (80 more minutes).
http://bkref.com/tiny/FfLMN

There have only been 18 guys since they started keeping turnover stats for playoff games who have averaged greater than 5 a game for an entire playoff season. http://bkref.com/tiny/fjHOv
(19 times - Dwyane Wade has done it twice).

(By the way, welcome back, Super John Williamson -- 7 turnovers a game in the 1978-79 playoffs, worst ever).

Only Kevin Duckworth and Alonzo Mourning were under 2 assists a game, and only Howard is under 1.3 assists a game.

To be fair to Howard, I sought out even sucky big men with under 0.4 assists and over 2.0 turnovers per game. http://bkref.com/tiny/quJor

Tree Rollins, Benoit Benjamin, Stanley Roberts - all had 10 or 11 turnovers per assist, but none were above 2.2 turnovers a game.

Simply put -- Dwight Howard has just had the absolutely worst assist-to-turnover performance in a playoff season since they started keeping records.

All-Time Worst rankings:

7 and 6. (tie)
Super John Williamson and Peja -- you are really just shooting guards, you cannot turn it over 7 times a game, sorry John, RIP...and Peja -- 18 turnovers and 3 assists? Really?

5. Okafor (infinite turnovers per assist in 6 games and a lot of minutes) -- his 0 assists is the terrible part, 2 turnovers a game isn't quite so bad.

4. and 3. (tie)

Duckworth and Zo -- both terrible performances where they had 5+ turnovers and under 2 assists. You guys are better than that....or were in Duck's case....RIP.

2. Shawn Kemp -- very, very bad, and only shot a little over 47% despite a ridiculous turnover rate and paltry assist rate.

1. The Worst -- Dwight Howard -- there just isn't any real argument.

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