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Comparing Loose Ball Fouls Drawn and Committed

07 Dec

Before the break on this blog I used ESPN’s play-by-play data to publish detailed information about fouls in the last 5 NBA seasons including shooting, personal and loose ball fouls committed and shooting, personal and loose fouls drawn with a couple of different topics in mind.

Surprisingly for me, two columnists from bleacherreport.com not only read those posts but also found them useful and beat me to the punch – Kelly Scaletta wrote about “12 players who get the most star treatment” and Raj Prashad wrote an article titled “top10 smartest defenders” – so in the process they saved me some time
[I would have done those topics somewhat differently and with a bigger sample size but angle would be similar and it’s my blogging philosophy not to repeat anybody’s work].

They covered personal and shooting fouls which left me with only one type to play with – loose ball fouls.
They occur when nobody is in a possession of the ball and players fight for a position or for a ball.
And for that reason I find them interesting, who does usually win those battles?
Is it a skill or is it a random event? Is it only about size and strength?
Unfortunately, I can’t answer those questions directly because play-by-play data doesn’t have so much details but we can talk about instances when referee had to make an argument for one side over the over…

Here’s a comparison of total Loose Ball Fouls Drawn, total Loose Ball Fouls Committed and Difference between them for the last 5 seasons combined.
I listed all players with such difference in double figures. “<0" means "seasons with difference below 0".

Player Drawn Comm Diff. >=0 <0 Player Drawn Comm Diff. >=0 <0
Dirk Nowitzki 157 40 117 5 0 Zydrunas Ilgauskas 54 129 -75 0 5
Dwight Howard 239 126 113 5 0 Jason Thompson 48 117 -69 0 3
Chris Andersen 125 15 110 4 0 Carlos Boozer 65 127 -62 0 5
Antawn Jamison 139 48 91 5 0 Johan Petro 28 90 -62 0 5
Chris Bosh 137 49 88 5 0 Emeka Okafor 104 153 -49 0 5
Ben Wallace 111 30 81 5 0 Carl Landry 49 96 -47 0 4
Pau Gasol 149 69 80 5 0 Chuck Hayes 41 87 -46 0 5
Kevin Love 124 63 61 3 0 Juwan Howard 36 78 -42 0 5
Antonio McDyess 138 85 53 5 0 Linas Kleiza 26 66 -40 1 3
Josh Smith 109 61 48 5 0 Amir Johnson 52 91 -39 0 5
Andrei Kirilenko 68 21 47 5 0 Amare Stoudemire 90 128 -38 0 5
Marcus Camby 133 87 46 4 1 Zaza Pachulia 82 119 -37 1 4
Brad Miller 116 71 45 4 1 Samuel Dalembert 125 161 -36 0 5
Tyson Chandler 155 117 38 4 1 Al Jefferson 51 86 -35 0 5
Jarron Collins 60 26 34 5 0 Nazr Mohammed 32 67 -35 0 5
Shelden Williams 66 34 32 5 0 Kendrick Perkins 62 95 -33 0 5
Gerald Wallace 87 58 29 4 1 DeSagana Diop 30 62 -32 1 4
Zach Randolph 141 112 29 3 2 Luis Scola 95 127 -32 1 3
Blake Griffin 59 31 28 1 0 Aaron Gray 18 46 -28 0 4
Martell Webster 41 13 28 5 0 Charlie Villanueva 38 66 -28 0 5
Paul Millsap 99 72 27 3 2 DeJuan Blair 32 60 -28 0 2
Rasheed Wallace 56 29 27 3 1 Matt Bonner 42 70 -28 0 5
Darko Milicic 59 33 26 3 2 Rashard Lewis 30 57 -27 1 4
Shane Battier 54 28 26 5 0 Boris Diaw 41 67 -26 0 5
Andrew Bogut 107 83 24 5 0 Brian Skinner 14 39 -25 1 4
Kevin Durant 32 8 24 4 0 David Lee 87 112 -25 1 4
Kevin Garnett 63 39 24 5 0 Andrea Bargnani 49 73 -24 1 4
Andre Iguodala 46 23 23 5 0 Brian Scalabrine 9 32 -23 0 5
Derek Fisher 43 20 23 5 0 Joey Graham 14 37 -23 1 4
Ronny Turiaf 76 53 23 4 1 Udonis Haslem 74 97 -23 2 3
Kris Humphries 72 50 22 3 2 Lamar Odom 76 98 -22 1 4
Yao Ming 68 46 22 4 0 Hedo Turkoglu 32 53 -21 0 5
Anthony Parker 33 12 21 4 1 Dahntay Jones 22 41 -19 1 4
Chris Kaman 60 39 21 4 1 Ike Diogu 24 43 -19 1 3
Shawn Marion 47 26 21 5 0 Kurt Thomas 64 83 -19 1 4
Vince Carter 52 31 21 4 1 Taj Gibson 25 44 -19 0 2
Walter Herrmann 25 4 21 3 0 Arron Afflalo 14 32 -18 1 3
Brian Cardinal 27 7 20 5 0 Craig Smith 57 75 -18 2 3
Greg Monroe 27 8 19 1 0 Fabricio Oberto 32 50 -18 1 4
Hakim Warrick 85 66 19 3 2 Ron Artest 50 68 -18 1 4
LaMarcus Aldridge 71 52 19 4 1 Devin Brown 9 26 -17 0 4
Nene Hilario 114 95 19 3 2 Jameer Nelson 18 35 -17 0 5
Chauncey Billups 39 22 17 4 1 Jason Kapono 8 25 -17 2 3
DeAndre Jordan 58 41 17 2 1 Josh McRoberts 13 30 -17 1 3
Grant Hill 50 33 17 5 0 Leon Powe 54 71 -17 0 5
Jason Kidd 35 18 17 5 0 Maurice Evans 24 41 -17 1 4
Joe Smith 68 51 17 4 1 Paul Pierce 35 52 -17 2 3
Kevin Martin 35 18 17 5 0 Earl Barron 7 23 -16 1 3
Anderson Varejao 128 112 16 4 1 Sasha Vujacic 18 34 -16 0 5
Tim Duncan 85 69 16 4 1 Brandon Roy 20 35 -15 1 4
Tony Battie 36 21 15 3 1 Chris Paul 37 52 -15 3 2
Joel Przybilla 91 77 14 3 2 Jon Brockman 31 46 -15 0 2
Elton Brand 67 54 13 3 2 Keith Bogans 11 26 -15 1 4
Ersan Ilyasova 62 49 13 3 0 Nate Robinson 15 30 -15 0 5
Louis Amundson 38 25 13 5 0 P.J. Brown 8 23 -15 0 2
Omri Casspi 19 6 13 2 0 T.J. Ford 10 25 -15 1 4
Quinton Ross 30 17 13 3 2 Corey Brewer 14 28 -14 1 3
Tayshaun Prince 34 21 13 5 0 Sean Marks 13 27 -14 0 5
Bruce Bowen 30 18 12 2 1 Adam Morrison 12 25 -13 0 3
Devin Harris 31 19 12 4 1 Alexander Johnson 13 26 -13 0 2
Glen Davis 45 33 12 3 1 Antoine Walker 6 19 -13 0 2
Jorge Garbajosa 14 2 12 2 0 Corey Maggette 61 74 -13 1 4
Kwame Brown 57 45 12 4 1 Derrick Favors 7 20 -13 0 1
Luol Deng 44 32 12 3 2 Malik Rose 9 22 -13 1 2
Carlos Delfino 26 15 11 3 1 Stephen Graham 5 18 -13 1 4
Dan Gadzuric 49 38 11 4 1 Danny Granger 50 62 -12 2 3
David West 87 76 11 3 2 Etan Thomas 15 27 -12 2 2
Deron Williams 22 11 11 3 2 Jake Voskuhl 24 36 -12 1 2
Jeff Green 53 42 11 3 1 Kenyon Martin 31 43 -12 1 4
Josh Boone 36 25 11 4 0 Leandro Barbosa 18 30 -12 0 5
Josh Powell 40 29 11 4 1 Quentin Richardson 16 28 -12 1 4
Marco Belinelli 15 4 11 4 0 Rashad McCants 9 21 -12 1 2
Monta Ellis 27 16 11 4 1 Tony Parker 7 19 -12 1 4
Ramon Sessions 13 2 11 4 0 Brook Lopez 60 71 -11 2 1
Spencer Hawes 45 34 11 3 1 Daniel Gibson 15 26 -11 1 4
Allen Iverson 14 4 10 4 0 Mario Chalmers 11 22 -11 0 3
Charlie Bell 23 13 10 4 1 Sean Williams 19 30 -11 0 3
Desmond Mason 28 18 10 3 1 Serge Ibaka 41 52 -11 0 2
Jamal Crawford 18 8 10 5 0 Yakhouba Diawara 8 19 -11 2 2
Jamario Moon 23 13 10 3 1 Adonal Foyle 9 19 -10 1 2
Jose Calderon 15 5 10 5 0 Bobby Jackson 8 18 -10 1 2
Manu Ginobili 42 32 10 4 1 Eduardo Najera 41 51 -10 2 3
Mark Blount 30 20 10 3 0 James Johnson 5 15 -10 0 2
Mikki Moore 82 72 10 2 2 Joe Alexander 1 11 -10 1 1
Peja Stojakovic 23 13 10 5 0 Joey Dorsey 6 16 -10 1 2
Robin Lopez 36 26 10 2 1 Jordan Farmar 9 19 -10 1 4
Rodney Carney 18 8 10 5 0 Kosta Koufos 9 19 -10 1 2
Ronnie Brewer 18 8 10 4 1 Rafer Alston 10 20 -10 0 4
Solomon Jones 39 29 10 5 0

That is what I love about playing with obscure and random data – by watching games I would have never ever guessed that difference between loose ball fouls drawn and committed is so consistent at the top and at the bottom. Pretty much all players there had regularly either positive or negative differential!

But frankly… I don’t know how to interpret it ;-) Do you?

Is it a good positioning for rebounds versus bad one?
Is it about knowledge when you should fight for a ball and when lay it off?
Is it about selling to the referees how hard other player was pushing?

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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Expanding Horizons

 

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