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"Taking the Charge" in NBA Basketball

Taking the Charge in NBA Basketball

There are some obvious individual measures that should without doubt be part of the official NBA statistics -- with some form of plus/minus data topping the list for us. However an even easier number to introduce would be foul drawing, and fans would relish and indeed have been clamoring to see data on which NBA players draw the most offensive fouls from their opponents.

Now last year we did post an article looking at '05-06 Offensive Fouls Drawn, and to recap, here were the leaders:

2005-06 Regular Season
Rank
Team
Player
Off.Fouls
Drawn
1 PHO  Bell 76
2 CHI  Nocioni 67
3 MIL  Bogut 65
4 UTA  Collins 63
5 GSW  Dunleavy 63
6 DET  B.Wallace 50
7 NJN  Krstic 50
8 GSW  Fisher 49
9 NOK  Mason 49
10* MEM  Battier 48
10* SAS  Ginobili 48
10* TOR  Peterson 48

Offensive Fouls Drawn per Minute
Rank
Team
Player
Off.Fouls
Drawn
Minutes/
Off.Foul
1 CLE  Varejao 32 23.7
2 DAL  Armstrong 25 24.9
3 UTA  Collins 63 27.4
4 SEA  Fortson 10 27.6
5 MIL  Smith 29 30.5
6 PHI  Randolph 15 32.5
7 CHI  Nocioni 67 33.4
8 MIN  Madsen 20 33.7
9 MIN  Reed 20 35.2
10 CHI  Harrington 23 35.8
So last year's champ was Raja Bell (who certainly garnered a lot of attention for his defense during the Lakers-Suns playoff series). It was Andres Nocioni though who was closing fast in the second half of the season, potentially setting up an exciting '06-07 battle? In addition we did note that Anderson Varejao was the leader in "offensive fouls drawn per minute" and could also enter the fray on the "total for the season" stage.

So who are the leaders this season? The envelope please...

Leading 2006-07 NBA Players in drawing Offensive Fouls

Through Feb. 4th
Rank
Team
Player
Off.Fouls
Drawn
1 CLE  Varejao  58
2 MIL  Bogut  55
3 CHI  Nocioni  46
4 DAL  Harris  41
5 PHO  Bell  41
6 PHO  Nash  37
7 IND  O'Neal  36
8 HOU  Battier  32
9 NJN  Collins  28
10 NOK  Mason  28
11 GSW  Ellis  27
12 GSW  Dunleavy  25
13 LAL  Parker  25
14 SAC  Bibby  25
15 SAC  Martin  24
16 CHI  Wallace  23
17 MIA  Posey  23
18 NJN  Moore  23
19 SAS  Bowen  23
20 TOR  Garbajosa  23
21 CHA  Wallace  23
22 CHI  Hinrich  22
23 TOR  Parker  22
24 UTA  Fisher  22
25 NJN  Nachbar  21
26 SAS  Ginobili  21
27 MIA  Haslem  20
28 PHI  Iverson  20
29 PHO  Barbosa  20
30 ATL  Claxton  19





So it's Varejao the "per minute" champ of 05-06 who is currently sitting on top, and while we won't count out Bell and Nocioni just yet, it's actually last year's number three charge taker Andrew Bogut who looks to be offering the strongest competition.

It's interesting to see how consistent many of the players are, and indeed five of the current top ten were in the top ten last year (actually six if we count Dunleavy who with four fouls drawn already for the Pacers is #9 all told).

Likewise Iverson has 31 total offensive fouls drawn between his two teams this season, good for 9th (and he missed a bunch of games!)

The leaders are fairly evenly distributed across the five positions, although there are more of those speedy point guard types who get in front of a driving player than any other 'type' in this pack.

Now we often get requests for "flop" stats and we're working on something to that end. Certainly some of the players represented here are, ahem, guilty of a little acting now and then, and do sometimes choose the "fall to the ground" defense over trying to actually contest a shot. Still, let's not fault the masters of the trade for being successful.

Team by Team Leaders in drawing Offensive Fouls

All right, the league leaders are fun, but you want to know who's been getting knocked to the floor most often on a team by team basis, and also whether offensive fouls have any correlation with team success.

Last year the top teams in drawing offensive fouls were:

1. Chicago
2. Utah
3. Phoenix

Team
Off.Fouls
Drawn
Off.Fouls
Committed
Net
Off.Foul
Top Three in drawing the Offensive Foul
 Phoenix 166  102  +64   Bell 41 - Nash 37 - Barbosa 20
 Chicago 154  115  +39   Nocioni 46 - Wallace 23 - Hinrich 22
 New Jersey 139  96  +43   Collins 28 - Moore 23 - Nachbar 21
 Indiana 135  109  +26   O'Neal 36 - Daniels 17 - Armstrong 16
 Utah 130  110  +20   Fisher 22 - Williams 19 - Collins 18
 Toronto 129  93  +36   Garbajosa 23 - Parker 22 - Bargnani 17
 Milwaukee 126  100  +26   Bogut 55 - Ilyasova 16 - Williams 15
 Miami 125  110  +15   Posey 23 - Haslem 20 - Walker 17
 Golden State 122  79  +43   Ellis 27 - Dunleavy 25 - Davis 16
 Philadelphia 118  93  +25   Iverson 20 - Korver 15 - Joe.Smith 14
 Cleveland 117  97  +20   Varejao 58 - James 14 - Snow 13
 Memphis 116  114  +2   D.Jones 17 - Warrick 14 - Atkins 13
 Denver 115  110  +5   Evans 19 - Najera 17 - Camby 16
 Dallas 113  94  +19   Harris 41 - Howard 17 - Terry 14
 San Antonio 111  92  +19   Bowen 23 - Ginobili 21 - Oberto 19
 Sacramento 102  101  +1   Bibby 25 - Martin 24 - Williamson 13
 Atlanta 100  119  -19   Claxton 19 - Lue 12 - Smith 12
 Washington 100  107  -7   Daniels 19 - Haywood 17 - Arenas 14
 L.A. Lakers 98  113  -15   Parker 25 - Evans 10 - Bryant 10
 Charlotte 97  105  -8   Wallace 23 - Okafor 15 - Felton 12
 Orlando 96  105  -9   Arroyo 15 - Hill 13 - Dooling 10
 New Orleans 92  107  -15   Mason 28 - Pargo 11 - Chandler 11
 Houston 90  82  +8   Battier 32 - Howard 13 - Hayes 12
 New York 88  170  -82   Lee 15 - Frye 12 - Rose 11
 Minnesota 85  115  -30   Davis 15 - Smith 14 - Garnett 8
 Boston 75  116  -41   Pierce 11 - Jefferson 10 - Telfair 7
 Seattle 72  112  -40   Collison 16 - Ridnour 10 - Watson 10
 Detroit 70  85  -15   Prince 12 - Delfino 11 - Maxiell 11
 L.A. Clippers 65  120  -55   Cassell 18 - Maggette 9 - Ross 7
 Portland 65  150  -85   Roy 10 - Jack 9 - Udoka 8

So two of last year's top three are right back in the high life, while Utah has dropped only slightly to fifth. Hmmm, seems like there's a pretty strong year to year pattern here!

Now last year there wasn't a huge correlation between charges drawn and wins, but this season it is up some:

.39 Net offensive fouls (drawn minus committed)
.33 Offensive Fouls Drawn
-.31 Offensive Fouls Committed

We'll have more to say about fouls in future articles, but to summarize it looks like this:

  1. players who are among the leaders in offensive fouls drawn are likely to have positive on court/off court influence
  2. the correlation between team totals for drawing offensive fouls and net offensive fouls to wins is more significant so far this season than last season
  3. it takes one bad ass/crazy dude to stand in the way of an NBA superstar driving full speed to the basket!


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