Who are the NBA's top ballhogs? We name 10

Updated: October 25, 2004, 4:47 PM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
"Ballhog" is such an ugly word.

I mean, what was Paul Pierce really supposed to do after the Celtic front office pulled the rug out from under him? Let Marcus Banks dribble the whole time while Jiri Welsch shot the ball?

Of course not. But if you combine shots per game, assists per game and turnovers per game, you'll see that Pierce ranked among the league leaders whether it was his fault or not. Sure, if the NBA had some statistic for dribbling or individual time of possession, we would use those, too, to help determine which players were holding the ball the most often, but this is what we're left with.

And it doesn't change the fact that with the ball in his possession, Pierce either shot the ball 18.7 times per game, passed to a teammate which led to a bucket 5.1 times per game or turned the ball over 3.7 times per game.

If the Celtics were going to score, Pierce often had to grab the rebound, do most of the dribbling -- and shoot. That accounted for 27.5 impact possessions per game which would place him 7th on the list below of, for lack of a better term, ballhogs.


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