And in yet another example of how stats are more reflective of performance in baseball than basketball, [DeMarcus] Cousins' assist/turnover averages (2.3 for each) are totally misleading. Avoiding foul trouble and adapting to the conditioning demands of the NBA are his issues.
No one but no one grades big men exclusively on assist/turnover averages. Except maybe David Kahn.
If someone did grade big men exclusively on assist/turnover averages, they would see that a ratio of 1 isn't bad and that 2.3 assists a game for a big man is rather good. To wit: only six players 6'11 or taller are averaging 2.3 assists a game this year.
There's a pretty easy way in which stats can verify the foul trouble issue: fouls per game or fouls per minute. Cousins is fourth in fouls per game and 47th (of about 300) in fouls per minute.
You could actually use stats to determine whether Cousins wears down toward the end of his stints, and whether that's normal for NBA players, but that's a bit outside the scope of this complaint.
Overall, I do recommend Voisin's column. This type of "blame the numbers because I don't understand them" stuff just gets my goat.