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Intentional & Excessive, 5 Years of Flagrant Fouls

04 Jul

Flagrant Fouls involve unnecessary, excessive and intentional contact… which sounds exactly like a lockout ;-)
But seriously, it’s another part of a story “why such basic statistic isn’t easily available?” so…
Which Player had The Most Flagrant Fouls in the Last 5 Years?
And which one was The Most Often Target?

All information for this post was collected from play-by-play data from ESPN.

As always, let’s start with some curiosities…

  • In regular season there was only 1 game with 3 flagrant fouls,
  • In the playoffs there were two such games even though the sample size was almost 15 times smaller,
  • There were only 47 flagrant fouls type 2
  • The Most Flagrant Fouls Committed by Teams: Pacers, Hawks and Mavs [all over 20].
  • The Fewest Flagrant Fouls Committed by Teams: Spurs [only 1!!!], Raptors and Grizzlies.
  • The Most Flagrant Fouls Drawn by Teams: Celtics, Clippers, Jazz and Spurs [all over 20].
  • The Fewest Flagrant Fouls Drawn by Teams: OKC/Sonics, Knicks, Wolves and Sixers [all under 10].

Season-by-Season breakdown looks like this:

  • 107 flagrant fouls in 2006-07
  • 89 flagrant fouls in 2007-08
  • 92 flagrant fouls in 2008-09
  • 83 flagrant fouls in 2009-10
  • 117 flagrant fouls in 2010-11

And now the main table… with All Flagrant Fouls Drawn and Committed in the Last 5 Regular Seasons

Flagrant Fouls Drawn Times Flagrant Fouls Committed Times
Blake Griffin 10 Shaquille O’Neal 10
LeBron James 9 Jamaal Magloire 9
Dwyane Wade 8 Matt Barnes 9
Gerald Wallace 8 Brad Miller 8
Andrei Kirilenko 6 Drew Gooden 8
Andres Nocioni 6 Juwan Howard 8
Marvin Williams 6 Devin Harris 7
Pau Gasol 6 Elton Brand 7
Tony Parker 6 Kenyon Martin 7
Al Thornton 5 Solomon Jones 7
Antonio Daniels 5 Ben Gordon 6
Dwight Howard 5 Charlie Villanueva 6
Josh Smith 5 Jeff Foster 6
Manu Ginobili 5 Nick Collison 6
Matt Harpring 5 Andre Miller 5
Ronny Turiaf 5 Andres Nocioni 5
Shawn Marion 5 David Lee 5
Anderson Varejao 4 Erick Dampier 5
Chris Bosh 4 Glen Davis 5
Corey Maggette 4 Jamaal Tinsley 5
David West 4 Josh Smith 5
Dirk Nowitzki 4 Marcus Camby 5
Emeka Okafor 4 Zaza Pachulia 5
Jamario Moon 4 Aaron Brooks 4
Kevin Garnett 4 Baron Davis 4
Kris Humphries 4 Channing Frye 4
Kyle Lowry 4 Craig Smith 4
Mike Dunleavy 4 Hilton Armstrong 4
Rajon Rondo 4 James Posey 4
Ray Allen 4 Jason Terry 4
Ronnie Brewer 4 Josh Howard 4
Spencer Hawes 4 Keyon Dooling 4
Andrew Bogut 3 Lamar Odom 4
Anthony Parker 3 Lorenzen Wright 4
Anthony Randolph 3 Marreese Speights 4
Brandon Jennings 3 Raja Bell 4
Carlos Boozer 3 Ryan Hollins 4
Danny Granger 3 Sebastian Telfair 4
Deron Williams 3 Tim Thomas 4
George Hill 3 Amare Stoudemire 3
Hakim Warrick 3 Andrew Bogut 3
Jarrett Jack 3 Andrew Bynum 3
Jason Maxiell 3 Anthony Carter 3
Joel Przybilla 3 Bill Walker 3
John Salmons 3 Carl Landry 3
Jordan Hill 3 Chris Kaman 3
Kendrick Perkins 3 Danny Granger 3
Linas Kleiza 3 Dirk Nowitzki 3
Luol Deng 3 Eddie House 3
Marcus Thornton 3 Jason Collins 3
Monta Ellis 3 Kendrick Perkins 3
Reggie Evans 3 Kurt Thomas 3
Richard Hamilton 3 Richard Hamilton 3
Richard Jefferson 3 Sasha Pavlovic 3
Rudy Fernandez 3 Steve Francis 3
Russell Westbrook 3 Troy Murphy 3
Stephen Curry 3 Zach Randolph 3
Trevor Ariza 3 Al Harrington 2
Tyrus Thomas 3 Andray Blatche 2
Amare Stoudemire 2 Brendan Haywood 2
Andre Iguodala 2 Brian Cook 2
Antawn Jamison 2 Corey Maggette 2
Bostjan Nachbar 2 David West 2
Brad Miller 2 Delonte West 2
Carlos Delfino 2 DeSagana Diop 2
Chris Andersen 2 DeShawn Stevenson 2
Chris Paul 2 Devin Brown 2
Courtney Lee 2 Dwyane Wade 2
Darren Collison 2 Eddy Curry 2
Devin Harris 2 Francisco Garcia 2
Erick Dampier 2 Hedo Turkoglu 2
Glen Davis 2 J.R. Smith 2
Hamed Haddadi 2 Jake Voskuhl 2
Jamal Crawford 2 Jared Jeffries 2
Jarron Collins 2 Jarron Collins 2
Jason Collins 2 Jerry Stackhouse 2
Jason Thompson 2 Jerryd Bayless 2
JaVale McGee 2 Joey Graham 2
Jerryd Bayless 2 Keith Bogans 2
Joe Alexander 2 Kirk Hinrich 2
Joel Anthony 2 Kobe Bryant 2
Jose Calderon 2 Kwame Brown 2
Kevin Durant 2 Kyle Lowry 2
Kevin Martin 2 LeBron James 2
Kwame Brown 2 Malik Allen 2
Louis Amundson 2 Mardy Collins 2
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 2 Maurice Evans 2
Luis Scola 2 Mehmet Okur 2
Marc Gasol 2 Mickael Pietrus 2
Marcin Gortat 2 Mike Dunleavy 2
Martell Webster 2 Mo Williams 2
Maurice Evans 2 Morris Peterson 2
Mike Miller 2 Nate Robinson 2
Omri Casspi 2 Nazr Mohammed 2
Ramon Sessions 2 Pau Gasol 2
Renaldo Balkman 2 Ramon Sessions 2
Rodrigue Beaubois 2 Rasho Nesterovic 2
Ruben Patterson 2 Renaldo Balkman 2
Shaun Livingston 2 Ronny Turiaf 2
Solomon Jones 2 Sam Cassell 2
Steve Blake 2 Sean Williams 2
Tayshaun Prince 2 Stephen Jackson 2
Tony Allen 2 Stromile Swift 2
Tyler Hansbrough 2 Terrence Williams 2
Tyson Chandler 2 Travis Outlaw 2
Vladimir Radmanovic 2 Trevor Ariza 2
Wally Szczerbiak 2 Tyrus Thomas 2
Yao Ming 2 Vladimir Radmanovic 2
Acie Law 1 Zydrunas Ilgauskas 2
Al Harrington 1 A.J. Price 1
Al Horford 1 Adam Morrison 1
Al Jefferson 1 Al Horford 1
Al-Farouq Aminu 1 Al Thornton 1
Allen Iverson 1 Alexander Johnson 1
Amir Johnson 1 Alonzo Gee 1
Andrea Bargnani 1 Alonzo Mourning 1
Andrew Bynum 1 Amir Johnson 1
Andris Biedrins 1 Anderson Varejao 1
Arron Afflalo 1 Andre Owens 1
Baron Davis 1 Andreas Glyniadakis 1
Bill Walker 1 Anthony Johnson 1
Bobby Jones 1 Anthony Tolliver 1
Brandon Bass 1 Antoine Walker 1
Brandon Roy 1 Arron Afflalo 1
Brent Barry 1 Austin Daye 1
Brian Cook 1 Blake Griffin 1
Brian Scalabrine 1 Bobby Jackson 1
Bruce Bowen 1 Bobby Simmons 1
C.J. Watson 1 Brian Cardinal 1
Carl Landry 1 Brian Scalabrine 1
Carmelo Anthony 1 Brian Skinner 1
Channing Frye 1 Brook Lopez 1
Chase Budinger 1 Carlos Boozer 1
Chauncey Billups 1 Carmelo Anthony 1
Chris Kaman 1 Caron Butler 1
Chuck Hayes 1 Chris Duhon 1
Craig Smith 1 Chris Quinn 1
Cuttino Mobley 1 Chris Richard 1
D.J. Augustin 1 Cuttino Mobley 1
Daniel Green 1 Dahntay Jones 1
Darrick Martin 1 Darius Songaila 1
David Lee 1 Darko Milicic 1
DeAndre Jordan 1 Darrell Armstrong 1
Delonte West 1 David Andersen 1
DeMar DeRozan 1 Derrick Rose 1
Derrick Brown 1 Desmond Mason 1
Derrick Rose 1 Devean George 1
Devin Brown 1 Donyell Marshall 1
Donte Greene 1 Dwight Howard 1
Drew Gooden 1 Earl Barron 1
Earl Clark 1 Eddie Jones 1
Eric Gordon 1 Eduardo Najera 1
Ersan Ilyasova 1 Etan Thomas 1
Etan Thomas 1 Francisco Elson 1
Evan Turner 1 George Hill 1
Fabricio Oberto 1 Gerald Green 1
Francisco Garcia 1 Gerald Henderson 1
Goran Dragic 1 Grant Hill 1
Gordan Giricek 1 Jamal Crawford 1
Grant Hill 1 James Johnson 1
Hedo Turkoglu 1 James Jones 1
Ike Diogu 1 Jared Reiner 1
Ime Udoka 1 Jason Kidd 1
J.J. Redick 1 Jason Smith 1
J.R. Smith 1 Jawad Williams 1
Jake Voskuhl 1 Jermaine O’Neal 1
Jameer Nelson 1 Joe Johnson 1
James Jones 1 Joel Przybilla 1
James White 1 John Wall 1
Jannero Pargo 1 Jonathan Bender 1
Jared Dudley 1 Jordan Farmar 1
Jarvis Hayes 1 Jose Calderon 1
Jason Hart 1 Justin Reed 1
Jason Richardson 1 Kris Humphries 1
Jason Smith 1 Kyrylo Fesenko 1
Javaris Crittenton 1 LaMarcus Aldridge 1
Jeff Green 1 Leandro Barbosa 1
Jeff Teague 1 Luis Scola 1
Jeremy Richardson 1 Luke Walton 1
Jermaine O’Neal 1 Luol Deng 1
Jerry Stackhouse 1 Marc Gasol 1
Joakim Noah 1 Marc Jackson 1
Joe Smith 1 Marco Belinelli 1
Joey Graham 1 Marcus Thornton 1
John Wall 1 Mark Blount 1
Jon Brockman 1 Mark Madsen 1
Jonas Jerebko 1 Marko Jaric 1
Jose Juan Barea 1 Martell Webster 1
Josh Boone 1 Marvin Williams 1
Josh Childress 1 Matt Carroll 1
Josh Howard 1 Matt Harpring 1
Josh McRoberts 1 Michael Ruffin 1
Josh Powell 1 Mike Miller 1
Jrue Holiday 1 Nene Hilario 1
Julian Wright 1 Nick Young 1
Kenyon Martin 1 O.J. Mayo 1
Kirk Hinrich 1 Pat Burke 1
Kobe Bryant 1 Rafael Araujo 1
Kurt Thomas 1 Randy Foye 1
Kyle Korver 1 Rasual Butler 1
Kyrylo Fesenko 1 Raymond Felton 1
LaMarcus Aldridge 1 Richard Jefferson 1
Lawrence Roberts 1 Robin Lopez 1
Leon Powe 1 Rodney Stuckey 1
Louis Williams 1 Ron Artest 1
Maceo Baston 1 Ronald Dupree 1
Mario West 1 Ronald Murray 1
Mark Blount 1 Ronnie Price 1
Michael Beasley 1 Royal Ivey 1
Michael Finley 1 Rudy Gay 1
Mickael Pietrus 1 Ryan Gomes 1
Mike Bibby 1 Samuel Dalembert 1
Mike Conley 1 Sasha Vujacic 1
Mike James 1 Shane Battier 1
Mikki Moore 1 Shannon Brown 1
Mo Williams 1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim 1
Nate Robinson 1 Shawn Marion 1
Nenad Krstic 1 Speedy Claxton 1
Nene Hilario 1 Spencer Hawes 1
Nick Collison 1 Theo Ratliff 1
Patrick Mills 1 Tony Battie 1
Paul Millsap 1 Travis Diener 1
Paul Pierce 1 Tyson Chandler 1
Primoz Brezec 1 Udonis Haslem 1
Raja Bell 1 Wally Szczerbiak 1
Rashard Lewis 1 Wayne Ellington 1
Raymond Felton 1
Ricky Davis 1
Robert Horry 1
Robin Lopez 1
Rodney Carney 1
Rodney Stuckey 1
Ronald Murray 1
Roy Hibbert 1
Ryan Anderson 1
Sasha Pavlovic 1
Sebastian Telfair 1
Shaquille O’Neal 1
Smush Parker 1
Stephen Graham 1
Stephen Jackson 1
T.J. Ford 1
Terrence Williams 1
Tiago Splitter 1
Travis Outlaw 1
Troy Murphy 1
Udonis Haslem 1
Vince Carter 1
Walter Herrmann 1
Yaroslav Korolev 1
Zaza Pachulia 1
Zydrunas Ilgauskas 1

As a bonus I’ll add a table with information about flagrant fouls in the last 5 playoffs

Flagrant Fouls Drawn Times Flagrant Fouls Committed Times
LeBron James 7 Eduardo Najera 3
Pau Gasol 4 James Posey 3
Dirk Nowitzki 3 Jermaine O’Neal 3
Manu Ginobili 3 Kendrick Perkins 3
Rajon Rondo 3 Anderson Varejao 2
Chris Andersen 2 Andrew Bynum 2
Chris Bosh 2 Brendan Haywood 2
James Jones 2 Carlos Boozer 2
Joakim Noah 2 Carmelo Anthony 2
Tony Parker 2 Channing Frye 2
Zaza Pachulia 2 Chauncey Billups 2
Anderson Varejao 1 Hedo Turkoglu 2
Andray Blatche 1 J.R. Smith 2
Brandon Jennings 1 Jameer Nelson 2
Bruce Bowen 1 Jason Terry 2
Carlos Boozer 1 Matt Barnes 2
Chris Paul 1 P.J. Brown 2
Dahntay Jones 1 Rajon Rondo 2
Dee Brown 1 Tyson Chandler 2
Deron Williams 1 Zaza Pachulia 2
Dwight Howard 1 Al Harrington 1
George Hill 1 Al Horford 1
Goran Dragic 1 Anthony Johnson 1
J.R. Smith 1 Antoine Walker 1
James Posey 1 Antonio McDyess 1
Jannero Pargo 1 Bonzi Wells 1
Jason Kidd 1 Chris Johnson 1
Jason Maxiell 1 DeJuan Blair 1
Jason Richardson 1 Derek Fisher 1
Jose Juan Barea 1 DeShawn Stevenson 1
Josh Smith 1 Drew Gooden 1
Kevin Durant 1 Dwight Howard 1
Kevin Garnett 1 Dwyane Wade 1
Kirk Hinrich 1 Erick Dampier 1
Kobe Bryant 1 Jason Kidd 1
Linas Kleiza 1 Jason Richardson 1
Luis Scola 1 Jason Smith 1
Luke Walton 1 Jerryd Bayless 1
Luol Deng 1 Jordan Farmar 1
Maurice Ager 1 Josh Howard 1
Maurice Evans 1 Josh McRoberts 1
Mehmet Okur 1 Josh Smith 1
Mickael Pietrus 1 Lamar Odom 1
Mikki Moore 1 Marvin Williams 1
Mo Williams 1 Mickael Pietrus 1
Nate Robinson 1 Mikki Moore 1
Nicolas Batum 1 Morris Peterson 1
Paul Pierce 1 Richard Jefferson 1
Rasual Butler 1 Robert Horry 1
Ray Allen 1 Ron Artest 1
Richard Hamilton 1 Ronny Turiaf 1
Richard Jefferson 1 Sam Cassell 1
Ronnie Brewer 1 Sasha Pavlovic 1
Ronnie Price 1 Sasha Vujacic 1
Sasha Pavlovic 1 Shaquille O’Neal 1
Sasha Vujacic 1 Stephen Jackson 1
Steve Nash 1 Trevor Ariza 1
Tim Duncan 1 Udonis Haslem 1
Trevor Ariza 1
Vince Carter 1
Wilson Chandler 1
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21 Comments

Posted by on July 4, 2011 in Fringe Stats

 

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21 responses to “Intentional & Excessive, 5 Years of Flagrant Fouls

  1. Keke

    July 5, 2011 at 23:09

    “Blake Griffin 10 ”
    That’s incredible given that he’s had one year to get his numbers, and no-one else is in double digits even though they’ve had five seasons.

     
    • wiLQ

      July 5, 2011 at 23:56

      I had exactly the same first reaction ;-)
      Although it could also mean that referees protected him more than anybody else as a valuable high-flying property.

       
      • Leszczur

        July 6, 2011 at 15:40

        How come Blake Griffin is protected more than LeBron, Kobe or Wade???
        IMO it’s not related to refs and rather to defenders.
        It shows that his stature in NBA is not as big as all other guys. Since he’s “just” a rookie, he’s not respected as much as others.
        At the same time he’s just as dynamic (if not more) so defenders use any means necessary to stop him. Even if it is excessive and potentially dangerous contact.
        Defenders may be “affraid” to draw wrath of James or Kobe, but not Blake. At least not yet.

         
        • wiLQ

          July 6, 2011 at 20:29

          > How come Blake Griffin is protected more than LeBron, Kobe or Wade???

          Because of the difference in style? Kobe is not flying over the rim these days…

          > IMO it’s not related to refs and rather to defenders.
          > It shows that his stature in NBA is not as big as all other guys. Since
          > he’s “just” a rookie, he’s not respected as much as others.

          … although your guess sounds plausible too ;-)

          Anyway, that’s what I love about digging up such random stats, they are “like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get” and results can be surprising / unexpected ;-)

           
  2. merl

    July 5, 2011 at 23:35

    What about by team? Which teams give and receive flagrants? Is there a pattern there?

     
    • wiLQ

      July 6, 2011 at 00:40

      Great point! Thanks for it ;-)

      I have only checked regular season [because of equal number of games] and the results were…

      The Most Flagrant Fouls Committed: Pacers, Hawks and Mavs [all over 20].

      The Fewest Flagrant Fouls Committed: Spurs [only 1!!!], Raptors and Grizzlies.

      The Most Flagrant Fouls Drawn: Celtics, Clippers, Jazz and Spurs [all over 20].

      The Fewest Flagrant Fouls Drawn: OKC/Sonics, Knicks, Wolves and Sixers [all under 10].

       
      • Leszczur

        July 6, 2011 at 16:32

        Regarding Most flagrant Foules Drawn I’m puzzled. I can uderstand why Celtics are there, since everybody seems to hate their guts. Jazz foul a lot themselves so this is bound to create some form of retaliation. Clippers have Blake and he just brings it out in people ;-)
        But Spurs? Why? They generally do not foul very hard themselves and not too often (2 of last 3 years they were in Bottom3 of the NBA in PF). Is it because of the style of Parker and Manu?

         
        • wiLQ

          July 6, 2011 at 20:25

          That would be my best guess:
          they have a reputation of flopping a lot and that can really piss off some people, right?

           

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