laakers wrote:i guess but steal-tunrover seems like it would be a good stat for the nba in general, not just guards
steals and turnovers are completely independent of each other. steals are on defense, turnovers are on offense. and steals itself isn't a good representation of defense.
because only (point)guards average above like 6 or 7 assists, except for like lebron, kobe, etc. everyone gets turnovers. dwight is among the league leaders. most of the time, turnovers are caused by steals. it isn't a comparison of a good defender and secure ball player to a bad defender and an out of control person. it's more like you make a mistake by turning it over and your opponent gets a fast break opportunity, it's more like can you make up for the turnovers you commit?
so often on halftime reports you see turnovers and points off of them. a good majority are fastbreak points because the turnover was a steal. steals and turnovers are pretty much opposites.