[From the Diaries. This is a pretty interesting study by 82games. Like it was mentioned in the comments, hopefully the stuff Gordon gets called for now won't be called when he gets christened a 'star' (or at least a 'veteran') by the officials. I'd also like to see if they tracked 'times slipping and falling down with the ball'. And finally, good to see that Eddy Curry is still the king of turnovers. -Matt]
82games has a new article up on the leaders in different categories of TOs, and Ben ranks in the top 10 for several of the categories, including offensive fouls (7th in NBA), traveling (9th), palming/carrying (8th), and double dribbles (1st, and by a huge margin).
I've been trying to figure out what I think about this all morning (more interesting than Calculus homework!). We know Ben has a high TO rate. I think he probably handles the ball somewhat more than other SGs because of the way that the Bulls use their guards interchangeably, which might contribute to the high numbers of TOs. I was still surprised to see how highly he rates in so many different categories, though. (The only other Bull to make any of the lists is Ty, #1 for his Assist/TO rate.)
To be fair, 82 games only listed the top 10 in each category, so it's entirely possible that other Bulls are sitting right there at #11, #12, etc. And I like Ben, so this isn't a "trade him now" type of post.
So what to do? Should he keep handling the ball in hopes of improving? Handle it less to cut down on TOs? Ignore it, since he is such a scoring maching (excepting last night and the occasional other game)? I'd like to see him handle it less. Not to restart the BG is/is not a potential point guard debate, but he's on the team for his shooting/scoring, so unless he is the only guard in there I'd rather not see him bringing the ball up the court and trying to get the offense started. However, I'm aware that there are many who strongly disagree with me on that!
Anyway, here's the link: http://www.82games.com/random29.htm I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks about this.