NBA | Dwight Howard Wins “Worst Teammate” Award for 2017/18 Season
After a mediocre year at Atlanta last season, Dwight Howard has bounced back in 2017/18 with a better campaign, punctuated by being only the sixth player to have a 30-point, 30 rebound game in March.
However, he has gained an award that nobody desires: the NBA’s Worst Teammate Award.
The Worst Teammate Award, or “The Yinka Dare Award” is given to the player with the lowest Assist to Turnover Ratio (A/T). A good A/T ratio means that the player takes care of the ball and passes it to his teammates in a position to score.
Howard on the other hand, gave the ball to his opponents more than his own teammates, with 208 turnovers with only 105 assists, or a 0.5 A/T ratio.
To be qualified for The Yinka Dare Award, a player needs to have played at least 70 games. Houston’s Tarik Black would have won the award, but only played 49 games on the season.
The award is named after Yinka Dare, who had 96 turnovers in his 110 game career while only recording four total assists.
Previous winners of the award are Salah Mejri (Dallas, 0.3 A/T), Hassan Whiteside (Miami, 0.2 A/T) and Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto, 0.4 A/T).
Howard’s career A/T ratio is 0.5, making him one of the worst teammates in the history of the NBA. In his career, Howard has never had an A/T ratio of more than 0.59. To put that in perspective, this season’s leader in A/T is Indiana’s Darren Collison with a ratio of 4.2.
His worst season was in 2010/11 with Orlando, where he was named an Eastern Conference All-Star with averages of 23 points and 14 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately, he dished out 107 assists and gave the ball away 279 times, for an A/T ratio of 0.38. He didn’t win the award that season, as Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka had an A/T ratio of 0.31.
Dwight Howard was unavailable for comment.
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Le ultime 10 partite di Dwight Howard:
(6 marzo 2018) vs Sixers: 30 punti, 6 rimbalzi e 3 stoppate;
(8 marzo 2018) vs Nets: 19 punti, 7 rimbalzi e 3 stoppate;
(10 marzo 2018) vs Suns: 30 punti, 12 rimbalzi e 4 stoppate;
(13 marzo 2018) vs Pelicans: 22 punti, 11 rimbalzi e 3 stoppate;
(15 marzo 2018) vs Hawks: 33 punti, 12 rimbalzi e 2 stoppate;
(17 marzo 2018) vs Knicks: 14 punti, 13 rimbalzi e 1 stoppata;
(19 marzo 2018) vs Sixers: 10 punti e 4 rimbalzi;
(21 marzo 2018) vs Nets: 32 punti e 30 rimbalzi;
(24 marzo 2018) vs Mavericks: 18 punti, 23 rimbalzi e 1 stoppata;
(26 marzo 2018) vs Knicks: 23 punti e 13 rimbalzi.
Medie: 23.1 punti, 13.1 rimbalzi e 1.7 stoppate.
Sarà anche incostante ma ci sono dei momenti in cui è davvero dominante lì sotto.