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More Rubio craziness (stats)

During the three point era there have been, amongst the MPG qualifiers, only 37 players who have used over 40% of their possessions on assists (AST%) and been able to turn the ball over at a rate of 20% or higher (TOV%). Ricky, of course, meets this criteria, which is why I looked it up. I stumbled upon it because I noticed that Kyrie Irving and Ricky have the same WS/48 but vastly differently ancillary stats. What got me is that Kyrie Irving turns the ball over more than Ricky does per36 minutes (4.4 to 3.7), BUT Irving's TOV% is lower (18.3 to 24.6). Huh? So I got to thinking that maybe it's because Irving's USG is so much higher than Ricky's (29.5 to 18.8), meaning he simply has 30% more opportunities to turn the ball over at a slightly lower rate than Ricky to generate more overall TO's per36. Anyways, as a low usage player, Ricky is in pretty select company. If you sort by USG you find that Ricky is hangin' with Stockton, Rondo, and Kidd. And in terms of contemporaries over the last ten years, it's Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd, and Mark Jackson (2002) and Jamaal Tinsley (2001). Lastly, here's another fun BBall-Ref player comparison of rookies in the three point era. Ricky is either the best or worst in a bunch of categories.

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