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Turnovers - Issue or non-issue?


Hi. It seems like turnovers have been an area of concern for the Magic this season. I posted this as a topic for discussion in a previous thread, and it seems salient enough to expand it somewhat here. I am going to quote eltharion_doa's thoughts on this topic verbatim at this point, because I think this is a good and succinct summary:

Firstly, we set a lot of screens, so we run the risk of being called for offensive fouls and turning the ball over. Secondly, we have a few players who can be a little inconsistent mentally and do things like step out of bounds. Thirdly, we run an at time complicated offense which relies on players being in the right spot to receive a pass, and every now and then that goes wrong. We use a lot of ball movement, especially with speed around the perimeter, which gives a defense the chance to steal the ball and means every now and then a pass isn’t quite precise enough. Finally, our guards are good, but not amazing, ballhandlers, so we’ll get the odd turnover from that too.

This explains some of the factors involved with this issue really well. My question is: In 2009-2010 we had 1155 turnovers in 82 games; roughly an average of 14.08; so far we’ve had 243 through 15 games; roughly 16.2. (These figures don't include the most recent contest, and I am cool with someone checking my math if they like-my raw data were from basketball-reference).

So, is an increase of that amount enough to be worried about? Or is it much ado about nothing? And, if it is a cause for concern, what has changed from last year? Doesn’t seem like replacing Barnes with Q could be wholly responsible, so, maybe the instability of the lineup at first? Or is this something that will work itself out with a larger sample size?

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