The Houston Rockets should know that this young Utah Jazz team has a higher turnover rate than any other team in the playoffs so far.
During the regular season, the Jazz averaged 14.7 turnovers per game. This has jumped to 15.8 turnovers per game in the postseason. Ricky Rubio (3.0) and Donovan Mitchell (2.9) both rank in the top 10 for most turnovers per game among Western Conference guards this postseason.
During the regular season, Utah’s turnover percentage (15.0 percent) was the fifth-worst in the Western Conference. Their assist-to-turnover rate (1.53) in the regular season was seventh-worst in the West. Also, their turnover rate when running pick-and-roll plays for the ballhandler (17.9 percent) was the third-worst in the NBA, per Synergy Sports.
On post-up opportunities during the regular season, they turned the ball over more often than all but five teams in the league (15.8 percent). Only two teams turned the ball over in transition more often than Utah (14.5 percent).
These numbers have only gotten worse since the start of the playoffs. Utah has turned the ball over more often (15.2 percent) than any other team in the postseason thus far, and their assist-to-turnover rate (1.32) is the lowest of any team remaining in the playoffs.
No team has turned the ball over more often on pick-and-roll plays for the ballhandler (24.5 percent) in the playoffs than Utah. Their turnover rate when posting up (23.1 percent) is also the worst among all teams in the postseason.
The biggest culprit here has been Dante Exum, whose turnover rate (25.3) is the highest of anyone left in the postseason who has averaged more than 10 minutes per game. His assist-to-turnover rate (0.64) is the second-worst when looking at all guards who have appeared in six or more games.
His turnover percentage as the ballhandler in a pick-and-roll (46.2 percent) is worse than every other player in the playoffs except Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon.
Rudy Gobert has an abnormally high turnover rate (15.6 percent) thus far too. Royce O’Neale (14.6 percent) has also struggled to hold onto the ball in the playoffs.
Gobert has turned the ball over on three of his nine post-up possessions in the postseason. Boston’s Greg Monroe is the only player in the playoffs who has had as many opportunities and a higher turnover rate when posting up.
Among players who have had at least 15 fastbreak possessions, O’Neale has turned the ball over while in transition more often (17.6 percent) than all but three players.
While this problem was not enough to cost them their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it could become a huge issue if it continues against the Rockets.
Houston has allowed the fewest turnovers per game (9.3) among all teams in the postseason thus far. Still, the Jazz managed to even their series against the Rockets (and steal home-court advantage) with an impressive Game 2 victory.