Russ & The Beard – The Unwanted Record

As Russell Westbrook and James Harden continue to battle each other for the scoring and assist titles in order to achieve Tiny Archibald immortality, they may find that in their quest for glory they inadvertently set another previously thought unachievable record.

The following is the list of most turnovers in a season in combined NBA/ABA history:

  • 1) George McInnis, 1974-75 – 422 (5.3 per game)
  • 2) George McInnis, 1972-73 – 401 (4.9)
  • 3) George McInnis, 1973-74 – 393 (4.9)
  • 4) Billy Cunningham, 1972-73 – 381 (4.5)
  • 5) James Harden, 2015-16 – 374 (4.6)
  • 6) Artis Gilmore, 1977-78 – 366 (4.5)

How are the boys tracking this year you ask?

  • Harden: 32 games, 177 turnovers (5.53 per game)
    • Full season projected – 454
  • Westbrook: 31 games, 169 turnovers (5.45 per game)
    • Full season projected – 447

Apart from the immortal George McInnis above (honestly, how has he not endured more criticism historically with the 3 most turnover prone seasons in history?), the only other player with at least 5 turnovers per game? 1977-78 Pete Maravich with 250 turnovers in 50 games (5.0). Westbrook and Harden are on track to break the record for both season total and per game average, and that’s a record neither player will want to have.