NBA Western Conference 2011-2012: Black Hole Players

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

We've all heard the term, but it's hard to truly quantify what is a black hole player. It's supposed to be a guy that you throw the ball to, and never see again. It's hard to figure this out from just watching a game -- unless it's super obvious where the dude is missing open team mates and so forth. The guys who shoot it a lot get called black holes, guys like Kobe Bryant and Al Jefferson are considered black holes in some circles. I wanted to investigate this and I'm using a simple formula. It's a players USG% divided by their AST%. That gives you the Black Hole%.

Because I'm lucky enough to not have any children yet I went ahead and did this for the entire Western Conference. (Sorry guys who wanted to see Derrick Rose, LeBron James, or Carmelo Anthony -- you're just going to have to do that work by yourself)

The higher the number for your Black Hole % the bigger a Black Hole you are. Simple.

BEHOLD:

Legend:

  • That Dijon mustard color range is +1 stdev to -1 stdev for a particular class: Wings, Points, or Bigs.
  • Red text is for guys with a 0.0 AST%, and thus, super ballhogs.
  • Color cell backgrounds indicate 20+ % in either USG or AST.
  • Blue is for 20%,
  • purple is for 30%,
  • Gold is for 40% or higher.
  • Bolded blue text for a player indicates a current 2011-2012 Western Conference All-Star.
  • (As an aside, peep where Paul Millsap falls)

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Click below to see all the players in one, even larger chart.

Yes, Amar is crazy.

(sorted by Black Hole %)

Player Team Usg% Ast% Black
Hole %
Ryan Ried OKC 22.6 0.0 #DIV/0!
Tyler Honeycutt SAC 18.1 0.0 #DIV/0!
Armon Johnson POR 18.1 0.0 #DIV/0!
Sean Williams DAL 31.8 0.0 #DIV/0!
Earl Barron GSW 20.3 0.0 #DIV/0!
Marcus Morris HOU 28.8 0.0 #DIV/0!
Hasheem Thabeet HOU 6.7 0.0 #DIV/0!
Brian Skinner MEM 11.2 0.0 #DIV/0!
Solomon Jones NOR 34.2 0.0 #DIV/0!
Hassan Whiteside SAC 21.8 0.0 #DIV/0!
Ike Diogu SAS 12.9 0.0 #DIV/0!
Enes Kanter UTA 18.2 1.1 16.55
Yi Jianlian DAL 24.0 1.8 13.33
Kosta Koufos DEN 15.6 1.7 9.18
Anthony Randolph MIN 22.2 2.5 8.88
Ian Mahinmi DAL 15.9 1.8 8.83
Chris Andersen DEN 15.2 1.8 8.44
Travis Outlaw SAC 19.3 2.3 8.39
Brian Cook LAC 20.9 2.5 8.36
Kenneth Faried DEN 22.4 3.1 7.23
Derrick Favors UTA 20.9 3.0 6.97
Jeff Adrien HOU 16.6 2.4 6.92
Nikola Pekovic MIN 22.1 3.4 6.50
Daequan Cook OKC 13.8 2.2 6.27
DeAndre Jordan LAC 11.8 1.9 6.21
Robin Lopez PHX 19.2 3.1 6.19
Lance Thomas NOR 17.7 3.0 5.90
Elliot Williams POR 23.7 4.2 5.64
Darko Milicic MIN 18.0 3.2 5.63
Jason Smith NOR 20.0 3.7 5.41
Chris Johnson POR 16.1 3.0 5.37
Brandan Wright DAL 19.5 3.7 5.27
Kwame Brown GSW 16.8 3.2 5.25
Brendan Haywood DAL 12.2 2.4 5.08
Martell Webster MIN 16.9 3.4 4.97
Serge Ibaka OKC 14.5 3.1 4.68
Trey Thompkins LAC 26.4 5.9 4.47
Anthony Tolliver MIN 10.6 2.4 4.42
DeMarcus Cousins SAC 28.0 6.5 4.31
Sam Young MEM 19.6 4.7 4.17
Lazar Hayward OKC 17.5 4.2 4.17
Zach Randolph MEM 25.5 6.3 4.05
Luke Babbitt POR 16.4 4.1 4.00
Jeremy Tyler GSW 19.6 4.9 4.00
Marcin Gortat PHX 20.7 5.2 3.98
Derrick Williams MIN 20.3 5.1 3.98
Kenyon Martin LAC 14.1 3.7 3.81
Samuel Dalembert HOU 15.8 4.2 3.76
Jordan Hill HOU 16.1 4.3 3.74
Patrick Patterson HOU 16.5 4.6 3.59
Shannon Brown PHX 23.6 6.7 3.52
Michael Redd PHX 27.8 7.9 3.52
Andrew Bynum LAL 22.6 6.7 3.37
Cole Aldrich OKC 15.5 4.6 3.37
J.J. Hickson SAC 16.4 5.0 3.28
Marreese Speights MEM 19.2 5.9 3.25
Kevin Love MIN 27.3 8.5 3.21
Nazr Mohammed OKC 13.8 4.3 3.21
Jordan Hamilton DEN 33.5 10.5 3.19
Alec Burks UTA 25.5 8.0 3.19
Emeka Okafor NOR 17.1 5.4 3.17
Corey Brewer DEN 21.8 6.9 3.16
Michael Beasley MIN 25.1 8.0 3.14
Quincy Pondexter MEM 14.7 4.7 3.13
Tony Allen MEM 19.7 6.3 3.13
Royal Ivey OKC 16.1 5.2 3.10
Nicolas Batum POR 20.7 6.7 3.09
Carl Landry NOR 23.9 7.8 3.06
Andris Biedrins GSW 5.8 1.9 3.05
Wayne Ellington MIN 14.1 4.7 3.00
Andrew Goudelock LAL 20.1 6.7 3.00
Al Harrington DEN 24.8 8.3 2.99
Xavier Henry NOR 19.6 6.8 2.88
Caron Butler LAC 21.1 7.4 2.85
Ryan Gomes LAC 12.2 4.3 2.84
Timofey Mozgov DEN 16.1 5.7 2.82
Luis Scola HOU 26.0 9.3 2.80
Chris Wright GSW 14.8 5.3 2.79
Eric Gordon NOR 29.0 10.4 2.79
Al-Farouq Aminu NOR 15.7 5.7 2.75
Josh Howard UTA 20.2 7.5 2.69
Solomon Jones LAC 7.5 2.8 2.68
DeJuan Blair SAS 21.3 8.2 2.60
Craig Smith POR 17.4 6.7 2.60
Wesley Johnson MIN 15.8 6.1 2.59
Marco Belinelli NOR 17.8 7.0 2.54
Reggie Evans LAC 7.5 3.0 2.50
Channing Frye PHX 19.5 7.8 2.50
C.J. Miles UTA 25.9 10.4 2.49
Hakim Warrick PHX 23.4 9.4 2.49
Dante Cunningham MEM 13.1 5.3 2.47
Donte Greene SAC 19.5 7.9 2.47
Markieff Morris PHX 20.1 8.2 2.45
Kawhi Leonard SAS 14.6 6.1 2.39
Rudy Gay MEM 25.4 10.7 2.37
Matt Bonner SAS 13.7 5.9 2.32
Kendrick Perkins OKC 10.5 4.6 2.28
Terrence Williams HOU 16.2 7.1 2.28
Francisco Garcia SAC 13.9 6.1 2.28
Marcus Thornton SAC 23.4 10.3 2.27
Hamed Haddadi MEM 17.9 7.9 2.27
Al Jefferson UTA 27.6 12.2 2.26
Ekpe Udoh GSW 13.0 5.8 2.24
Richard Jefferson SAS 15.0 6.8 2.21
Chris Kaman NOR 27.1 12.4 2.19
Arron Afflalo DEN 17.7 8.1 2.19
Jason Thompson SAC 15.7 7.3 2.15
Deven Ebanks LAL 12.6 5.9 2.14
Chase Budinger HOU 18.5 8.7 2.13
DeJuan Summers NOR 17.3 8.3 2.08
Tiago Splitter SAS 20.1 9.9 2.03
David Lee GSW 24.6 12.2 2.02
Wesley Matthews POR 17.9 8.9 2.01
Brandon Rush GSW 14.6 7.4 1.97
Courtney Lee HOU 17.9 9.1 1.97
Nene Hilario DEN 21.4 10.9 1.96
Dirk Nowitzki DAL 26.6 13.6 1.96
LaMarcus Aldridge POR 28.0 14.9 1.88
Jason Kapono LAL 11.2 6.0 1.87
O.J. Mayo MEM 23.2 12.5 1.86
Paul Millsap UTA 23.2 12.6 1.84
Kevin Martin HOU 25.0 13.7 1.82
Kevin Durant OKC 31.4 17.3 1.82
Dorell Wright GSW 16.7 9.3 1.80
Jared Dudley PHX 16.7 9.3 1.80
Blake Griffin LAC 27.3 15.3 1.78
Gustavo Ayon NOR 15.4 8.8 1.75
Thabo Sefolosha OKC 10.7 6.2 1.73
Raja Bell UTA 12.3 7.2 1.71
Josh Davis MEM 11.6 6.8 1.71
Shawn Marion DAL 20.4 12.0 1.70
Klay Thompson GSW 20.9 12.3 1.70
Gary Neal SAS 21.4 12.6 1.70
Lamar Odom DAL 21.7 12.8 1.70
Danilo Gallinari DEN 21.5 12.7 1.69
Danny Green SAS 16.9 10.3 1.64
Grant Hill PHX 18.2 11.6 1.56
James Anderson SAS 18.9 12.4 1.52
Gerald Wallace POR 17.8 11.7 1.52
Chander Parsons HOU 16.0 10.6 1.51
Tim Duncan SAS 25.4 16.9 1.50
Marc Gasol MEM 18.5 12.5 1.48
Pau Gasol LAL 21.5 14.6 1.47
Chuck Hayes SAC 11.0 7.5 1.47
Trey Johnson NOR 16.4 11.3 1.45
Kurt Thomas POR 11.3 8.0 1.41
Malcolm Thomas SAS 12.0 8.6 1.40
John Salmons SAC 14.2 10.3 1.38
Matt Barnes LAL 16.5 12.0 1.38
Kobe Bryant LAL 37.6 28.5 1.32
Brad Miller MIN 16.0 12.2 1.31
Travis Leslie LAC 20.3 16.4 1.24
Courtney Fortson LAC 20.9 16.9 1.24
Metta World Peace LAL 14.8 12.0 1.23
Dominic McGuire GSW 13.0 10.8 1.20
James Harden OKC 21.8 18.2 1.20
Trevor Ariza NOR 19.0 15.9 1.19
Brian Cardinal DAL 11.3 9.5 1.19
Nolan Smith POR 22.6 19.2 1.18
Jimmer Fredette SAC 19.4 16.6 1.17
Rudy Fernandez DEN 18.0 15.7 1.15
Jason Terry DAL 23.8 20.9 1.14
Vince Carter DAL 21.5 18.9 1.14
Randy Foye LAC 19.3 17.2 1.12
Troy Murphy LAL 10.1 9.2 1.10
Mo Williams LAC 22.8 20.8 1.10
Jamal Crawford POR 28.0 25.6 1.09
Dominique Jones DAL 22.9 21.0 1.09
Chauncey Billups LAC 23.3 21.4 1.09
Russell Westbrook OKC 33.2 30.6 1.08
Monta Ellis GSW 30.2 28.1 1.07
Josh Childress PHX 10.7 10.0 1.07
Sebastian Telfair PHX 22.7 21.6 1.05
Jose Juan Barea MIN 25.9 25.0 1.04
Jeremy Pargo MEM 23.0 22.8 1.01
Gordon Hayward UTA 17.6 17.7 0.99
Nick Collison OKC 9.4 9.5 0.99
Darius Morris LAL 13.9 14.3 0.97
Jeremy Evans UTA 10.6 11.0 0.96
Ishmael Smith GSW 23.1 24.3 0.95
Josh Selby MEM 20.6 21.8 0.94
Josh McRoberts LAL 9.9 10.6 0.93
Tyreke Evans SAC 24.3 26.7 0.91
Rodrigue Beaubois DAL 22.0 24.2 0.91
Reggie Jackson OKC 19.4 22.0 0.88
Luke Ridnour MIN 16.7 19.0 0.88
Marcus Camby POR 11.3 13.1 0.86
Luke Walton LAL 11.8 14.0 0.84
Isaiah Thomas SAC 20.5 24.6 0.83
Manu Ginobili SAS 21.3 25.9 0.82
Nate Robinson GSW 23.7 28.9 0.82
Steve Blake LAL 15.4 19.1 0.81
Ronnie Price PHX 16.5 20.8 0.79
Delonte West DAL 19.8 25.4 0.78
Donald Sloan NOR 23.9 33.2 0.72
Cory Joseph SAS 14.3 19.9 0.72
Ty Lawson DEN 21.5 30.0 0.72
Goran Dragic HOU 20.3 28.4 0.71
Stephen Curry GSW 23.9 33.6 0.71
Eric Maynor OKC 17.1 24.3 0.70
Tony Parker SAS 28.6 40.7 0.70
Jarrett Jack NOR 22.5 33.1 0.68
Jonny Flynn HOU 19.6 29.6 0.66
Devin Harris UTA 17.9 27.5 0.65
Raymond Felton POR 19.7 30.3 0.65
Kyle Lowry HOU 21.8 33.9 0.64
Derek Fisher LAL 13.2 21.5 0.61
Charles Jenkins GSW 13.9 22.7 0.61
Mike Conley MEM 19.0 31.3 0.61
DeMarre Carroll DEN 17.0 28.9 0.59
Carldell Johnson NOR 17.2 29.9 0.58
Greivis Vasquez NOR 20.2 35.6 0.57
Chris Paul LAC 23.1 42.9 0.54
Andre Miller DEN 18.5 34.9 0.53
Eric Bledsoe LAC 13.9 26.9 0.52
T.J. Ford SAS 17.4 35.9 0.48
Julyan Stone DEN 12.4 26.3 0.47
Ricky Rubio MIN 18.3 39.6 0.46
Jason Kidd DAL 12.0 28.4 0.42
Jamaal Tinsley UTA 13.8 35.6 0.39
Earl Watson UTA 12.0 31.1 0.39
Steve Nash PHX 21.6 59.1 0.37

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