NBA Stat Central #8: The Number Zero

This week’s NBA Stat Central has been inspired by the number zero. Zilch. Nada. None. Goose egg. Bupkus. We’re going to take a look at the number zero and those who are most prolific at acquiring them.

NBA Stat Central is one of our weekly columns here at HoopsHabit, where every Friday we take a deeper look the the statistics from the past and present.

Most Minutes Played Without An Assist In A Season

2012-13: Bernard James, 171 minutes

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 27 DAL NBA 14 0 171 20 40 .500 0 1 .000 15 22 .682 18 34 52 0 3 14 8 17 55
Career NBA 14 0 171 20 40 .500 0 1 .000 15 22 .682 18 34 52 0 3 14 8 17 55
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

All-Time (1995-96) : Yinka Dare, 626 minutes

Totals Shooting
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% WS
2 Yinka Dare 1995-96 23 NJN NBA 58 23 626 63 144 0 0 38 62 56 125 181 0 8 40 72 117 164 .438 .613 -0.5
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

The All-Time feat here is amazing. 626 minutes of action, 58 games and 23 of those were starts. Yet, he couldn’t find it in him to collect ONE assist. Ballhog!

Most Minutes Played Without A Rebound In A Season

2012-13: Kendall Marshall, 34 minutes

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 21 PHO NBA 6 0 34 3 9 .333 1 4 .250 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 3 3 7
Career NBA 6 0 34 3 9 .333 1 4 .250 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 3 3 7
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

All-Time (2005-06): Reece Gaines, 54 minutes

Totals Shooting
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% WS
1 Reece Gaines 2005-06 25 MIL NBA 12 0 54 6 12 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 13 .500 .000 .250 0.0
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

This one surprised us. We fully expected to see some slug with over 100 minutes, but there aren’t any. I guess just by being on the court, you’re going to get a rebound fly your way at some point.

Most Minutes Played Without Scoring A Point In A Season

2012-13: DeSagana Diop, 70 minutes

Totals Shooting
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% WS
2 DeSagana Diop 2012-13 31 CHA NBA 8 0 70 0 7 0 0 0 0 3 12 15 2 2 4 1 5 0 .000 -0.1
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

All-Time (2006-07): Will Conroy, 52 minutes

Totals Shooting
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% WS
1 Will Conroy 2006-07 24 TOT NBA 7 0 52 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 4 7 9 0 0 2 7 0 .000 .000 -0.1
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

Diop could set the All-Time mark if he continues to avoid scoring like the plague. We can’t be too hard on him though, he does make $7.3 million dollars this year. Wait, yeah we can. ZERO points for $7.3 million???

Most Games Played In A Career With Zero Points, Zero Rebounds and Zero Assists (Since 1985-86)

Rk Player Pos From To Count
1 Jud Buechler F 1991 2002 117
2 Ryan Bowen F 2000 2009 89
3 Brian Scalabrine F 2002 2012 88
4 Greg Dreiling C 1987 1997 78
5 Mario West G 2008 2010 75
6 Steve Kerr G 1989 2003 73
7 Mark Madsen F 2001 2009 73
8 Greg Foster F 1991 2003 71
9 Steve Novak F 2007 2012 70
10 Matt Bullard F 1991 2002 69
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

Ah, it’s a special list of crowd favorites who appear in blowouts to secure a few minutes and not many statistics. However, there are a couple of surprises on here. Steve Kerr and Steve Novak are surprises to us.

Teams Who Had Zero Steals And Zero Blocks In A Game (Since 1985-86)

Team
Rk Date Tm Opp Result MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% PTS AST STL BLK TOV PF
1 2004-03-18 MIN @ SAS L 86-106 240 31 71 .437 2 9 .222 22 26 .846 86 15 0 0 14 29
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/7/2012.

This one completely shocked us. Of all the games that have been played in the last 27 years and all of the horrible teams that have come through the league, it’s the 2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves who accomplished this feat. They would go on to the Western Conference Finals in this season.

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