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Random Stat: 24-Second Violations

Q: I would like to know which teams/set of five players forces the most 24 second violations on opposing teams/opposing set of five players. How often can 24 second violations be attributed to good defensive play rather than offensive ineptitude? Are there certain players (either by raw defensive ability or "presence") that when on the floor contribute to forcing more 24 second violations on the opposing team? How often do 24 second violations occur? -- Tyler Allen

A: Well let's start with the easy part first...the team 24 second violations, and while we're at it we might as well try out a little sortable table with various team turnover types!

NBA '06-07 Team Turnovers on DEFENSE (thru 3/21)
Team
24
Secs
Off.
Foul
Bad
Pass
Lost
Ball
Travel
Dbl/
Palm
3 Secs
OB
other
 Orlando 54 137 393 223 118 28 32 32 20
 Miami 51 168 385 213 94 15 24 17 5
 Detroit 49 96 377 240 110 22 26 35 14
 Denver 46 162 448 250 88 22 27 25 17
 Indiana 46 192 380 275 92 30 19 31 15
 L.A. Clippers 45 95 381 241 103 25 34 23 8
 Chicago 44 204 433 282 113 26 31 36 19
 Dallas 44 169 388 181 92 19 30 29 15
 Golden State 44 198 439 337 122 19 48 31 11
 Toronto 44 179 383 222 111 29 28 27 9
 Cleveland 42 169 368 258 89 23 21 37 13
 Washington 42 149 390 269 111 29 25 13 14
 Atlanta 41 139 407 255 132 20 32 22 13
 Boston 41 111 382 233 137 21 32 33 18
 Seattle 41 85 447 255 96 19 26 32 19
 New Jersey 40 195 353 203 100 19 31 40 17
 Minnesota 39 115 392 209 120 25 26 32 10
 Memphis 38 161 409 219 118 22 41 28 15
 San Antonio 38 146 387 224 102 29 19 18 14
 Charlotte 37 139 405 255 115 15 40 29 13
 Houston 36 130 386 262 102 14 23 32 10
 Phoenix 36 224 400 164 116 27 26 26 9
 Philadelphia 35 159 428 231 87 28 33 49 17
 Sacramento 34 143 469 278 100 24 28 40 13
 Milwaukee 31 178 432 210 104 20 30 26 26
 New Orleans 30 130 316 252 114 19 33 34 20
 Portland 28 96 368 215 118 21 38 25 13
 Utah 23 185 342 271 103 21 37 24 16
 L.A. Lakers 22 127 409 232 106 27 29 26 18
 New York 18 131 350 209 127 23 35 26 19

So there have been a total of 1159 24-second violations though 1013 games so far this season, so slightly more than one per game on average or 1.14 per game to be precise. Your top three teams in forcing the 24-second are Eastern Conference teams for what it's worth, but no team really stands that far apart from the rest of the league (compared to say something like "Lost Ball" turnovers forced, where the Golden Staters are way ahead of everyone else).

There are three teams at the bottom though who are distant from the norm: New York, the Lakers, and Utah...but all three may wind up in the playoffs!

As can be seen by the small number of instances we are dealing with, it probably doesn't make much sense to try and get to the "5-man unit level" but let's isolate individual players who were on court for defensive 24-second plays:

42 - Dwight Howard
39 - Hamilton
38 - Prince
37 - LeBron James
34 - Wade, Hinrich, Granger, Jermaine O'Neal
33 - Brand, Garnett, Caron Butler, Arenas, Baron Davis
32 - Haslem, Mobley, Billups, Maggette, Nelson
31 - Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Kidd
30 - Terry, Carter, Ben Wallace, Gordon, Ricky Davis, Turkoglu, Anthony Parker, Biedrins

If we look at it on a per 48 minutes basis (min: 1000 minutes with a team) the highest rate of on court 24-second defensive credits comes out as:

.91 - Wade, Gerald Green
.90 - Mourning
.89 - Stephen Jackson (Ind minutes)
.88 - Baron Davis
.87 - Buckner
.86 - Posey, Nene

What about on offense?

NBA '06-07 Team Turnovers on OFFENSE (thru 3/21)
Team
24
Secs
Off.
Foul
Bad
Pass
Lost
Ball
Travel
Dbl/
Palm
3 Secs
OB
other
 Seattle 63 136 410 236 99 16 21 35 18
 New York 54 216 405 212 119 30 42 25 19
 New Orleans 51 143 320 262 105 30 34 28 23
 Miami 50 152 352 234 84 24 37 22 12
 Dallas 49 128 358 215 79 17 44 24 17
 Boston 49 168 397 254 145 36 24 37 14
 Portland 49 189 326 226 123 27 36 35 10
 Atlanta 47 176 381 269 137 20 20 33 10
 New Jersey 44 132 407 223 95 15 27 28 17
 Orlando 43 152 433 280 133 24 51 30 15
 Memphis 42 147 455 281 111 28 16 26 10
 L.A. Clippers 41 185 349 264 112 20 26 20 14
 Philadelphia 41 131 441 221 97 20 32 36 23
 Chicago 39 175 439 227 125 32 32 35 20
 Minnesota 39 159 402 211 115 33 56 29 12
 Houston 37 116 435 200 100 25 39 25 6
 Charlotte 36 152 415 253 91 25 23 48 9
 Milwaukee 36 142 420 213 111 18 17 24 24
 Phoenix 35 141 464 171 100 13 17 41 13
 Cleveland 34 137 384 222 103 25 34 20 18
 Sacramento 34 146 376 250 116 21 28 24 14
 Washington 33 157 304 233 103 20 19 21 9
 San Antonio 33 117 369 246 89 13 31 22 8
 L.A. Lakers 32 146 455 255 94 17 34 27 12
 Utah 31 153 445 237 98 17 35 24 13
 Detroit 30 124 327 209 65 11 10 24 14
 Toronto 30 134 310 233 97 25 33 42 20
 Indiana 20 160 414 267 138 22 37 30 12
 Denver 19 167 421 249 108 30 40 37 18
 Golden State 18 131 433 315 148 27 9 26 16

You might have guessed the "shoot in 7 seconds" Phoenix Suns would have the fewest shot clock violations, but that's not the case as the Suns are actually closer to middle of the pack. No the fewest "languishing" turnovers comes from the truly frenetic Don Nelson Warriors, with the Nuggets right there in second (insert Allen Iverson joke here).

On the opposite end it's the Seattle Sonics who have committed the most by a sizeable margin. You might think there's more of relationship between 24-second turnovers on offense and W-L record given that conceivably seven of the ten highest may miss the post-season, but since Miami is #4 and Dallas tied for #5, it's a little hasty to ascribe much meaning to this.

For individual players who were on court for offensive 24-second turnovers it's like this:

47 - Ray Allen
44 - Collison
40 - Joe Johnson
39 - Al Jefferson, Haslem
38 - Eddy Curry (see Random Stat #29 for more on Eddy's wonderous turnover skills)
37 - Mike Miller, Wilcox
36 - Iguodala, Watson
35 - Desmond Mason, Chandler, Crawford, Wilkins
34 - Kidd, Marbury
33 - Terry, Nowitzki, Brand, Jack

If we look at it on a per 48 minutes basis, here are the players with the fewest on court 24-second demerits:

.18 - Anthony
.19 - Baron Davis, Biedrins
.22 - Barnes, Ellis


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