Klay Thompson is the biggest ball hog in the NBA

Now that all 30 teams have SportsVu installed in their arena, the NBA provides a rich data set of fancy stats, which transcend what we would normally find in the box score.

For example, we know that Jordan Crawford allowed just 0.3 field goals by an opposing player while he defended the rim. Denver’s Ty Lawson had 10.6 drives to the basket per game and scored  5.6 points per game on those drives. Lebron James converted 70.7 percent of shots within 12 feet of the basket.

We also know that Klay Thompson was the biggest ball hog in the NBA this season.

The Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard touched the ball over 38 times per game but was credited with fewer than 19 passes each contest, giving him the lowest pass/touches ratio among players who suited up for at least 40 games this season.

Fortunately for Thompson, he can shoot. His effective field goal percentage was a career high 53.1 percent this season, but his Player Efficiency Rating, which measures a player’s per-minute statistical production, was below the league average (15.0) at 14.2.

Fortunately for the Golden State Warriors, Thompson passed 33 times on his 63 touches (52.4 percent) during their Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. However, if Thompson can’t keep draining threes at his regular season rate of 41.6 percent, his hogging of the ball could become an issue.


For a great look at the NBA’s new emphasis on fancy stats, read this story by my colleague, Rick Maese. 

Maese also described the SportVu camera system at NBA arenas in this story and broke down Wizards guard John Wall’s amazing statistical season.



Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.



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