Houston Rockets: 3 ways to turn around their turnover problem

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Houston Rockets way #3 to limit turnovers: Point Guard by committee 

The Kevin Porter Jr point guard experiment might not be over, but it’s definitely on ice. Over the first four games of the season, he had a usage rate of 27.1%, an assist rate of 29.1%, and a turnover rate of 31.5%. In the ensuing four games, he has seen his usage drop to 20.6%, his assist rate to 19.6%, and his turnover rate to 21.4%. 

Porter seeing less of the ball means more playmaking for Jalen Green, Jae’Sean Tate, Alperen Sengun, and Eric Gordon. No one in this quartet is an elite passer, but they’re all capable of bending a defense and picking out a pass. 

Point guard is the toughest position to play because it demands near-perfect decision-making on a possession-by-possession basis. Asking one player to shoulder that load is difficult for a superstar, let alone a player with fewer than 100 career games. By breaking up that responsibility it should help cut out a few turnovers a game and prevent defenses from keying in on one guy. 

The Rockets, outside of DJ Augustin, don’t have a conventional point guard. Instead of trying to turn the unconventional into the conventional, they should lean into the unconventional idea of a point guard by committee. Or they could always bring John Wall out of the cryo-chamber.