Kobe Bryant and the NBA’s Other Terrible Offensive Players

Brilliant idea putting these two together!

A couple of weeks ago, Dre put together a list of the top twenty players in the NBA in terms of offense. But what about the worst players? The most offensive offensive players, if you will. Well, we’ve got you covered there too. Here are the bottom twenty offensive players, as determined by total wins produced via offensive factors:

What do we mean by offense? Wins earned from two point shooting, three point shooting, free throws, assists, turnovers and offensive rebounds. Offensive production is more than just scoring or shooting; as Dre said, passing the ball, getting the ball, and keeping the ball are all important to productivity on the offensive end.

Bottom 20 Offensive Players (2011-12)

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There are quite a few familiar names on that list, and at least one that is sure to rile up a certain segment of the population (and no, I’m not talking about Chris Kaman and Mark Cuban, respectively). But keep in mind that both of the lists above are measuring totals, and have not controlled for minutes played. For example, Austin Daye is more than three times less efficient on offense on a per minute than Kobe Bryant, but because Kobe played so many more minutes, he ends up producing more losses. Taking each player’s offensive win totals and dividing them per 48 minutes played gives us a different story (note: the following table has a 400 minute cutoff):

20 Least Efficient Offensive Players (2011-12)

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Here are what I would consider the “true” worst offensive players in the league from last season; on a per minute basis, they hurt their teams’ offense more than anyone else. And these players shouldn’t be a surprise, because their stats are terrible. All of these players produced wins at a below average rate, and only Lance Stephenson and Stephen Jackson managed to stay in the positive range. There’s a lot of turnover compared to the previous list, as only eight players made it on both. At the top of the list, Cory Higgins‘ offense set his team back a quarter of a win every time he managed to log 48 minutes of playing time.

For fans of teams like the Pistons and Nets (and yes, the Mavericks) these lists are not pretty sights. The one area that the NBA loves to overrate is offense. It turns out that even with the best set of reality distortion goggles, these players can’t look reasonable. At least, that’s our take.

- Devin

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