One of the keys to winning basketball is taking care of the ball. You must avoid giving your rival a free lane to the basket, or getting extra possessions because you turned the ball over. That's what separates winning teams from losing teams.
Even so, there have been a lot of great NBA players that have made a name for themselves for being incredibly turnover-prone- Then again, it's normal because of the fact that they have the rock on their hands on almost every possession.
Some of the players we're about to mention have cost their teams countless victories because of their turnovers. Others have still found a way to lead their franchises to success. Check out the top 10 active players with most turnovers in NBA history:
10. Rajon Rondo - 2,439 TO
There was a time when Rajon Rondo was one of the best point guards in the league and it wasn't even close. He was a top-tier playmaker and backcourt defender who always delivered in the playoffs. Sadly, that no longer seems to be the case for him.
Rondo holds a pretty respectable average of 2.8 turnovers per game over his career. However, he's had a couple of seasons averaging 3.9 turnovers per contest and has averaged at least 3.0 turnovers per game 8 times throughout his career.
9. Chris Paul - 2,465 TO
There's a reason why they call Chris Paul the Point God. He's one of the greatest point guards to ever do it, a born leader that has constantly made his teammates better, and a guy who can find passing lanes where no other player could.
Paul holds a 9.5 assists per game average throughout his career. More impressively, he averages just 2.4 turnovers per game and has only averaged more than 2.6 turnovers per game once on his career (3.0 on his fourth season in the league).
8. Jamal Crawford - 2,476 TO
Jamal Crawford is a walking bucket. He's earned a reputation around the league for being one of the most unstoppable scorers to ever do it and one of the greatest sixth men ever. His crossover and handles are simply elite and he can still ball at a high level.
Then again, Jamal Crawford has never been known for taking care of the ball. Even in limited minutes, he's managed to amass 2,476 career turnovers. Throughout his career, he holds an average of 1.9 turnovers per game in just 29.4 minutes a night.
7. Pau Gasol - 2,638 TO
Big men aren't exactly known for their handles and playmaking skills. However, one of the many things that made Pau Gasol stand out and have such a long and successful career in the league was his ability to create and facilitate for others.
Gasol is quite smart and a talented passer. However, he averages 2.2 turnovers per game, which is pretty high for a big man. He's never averaged more than 2.9 turnovers per game during a season but has still lost the ball 2,638 times thus far.
6. Kevin Durant - 2,653 TO
Kevin Durant's game is almost flawless. We're talking about a guy who was a bad three-point shooter and defender when he entered the league and is now a member of the 50/40/90 club and one of the top-tier two-way players in the world.
Durant has the handles and playmaking skills of a guard trapped in the body of a 7-footer. Even so, he holds a career average of 3.1 turnovers per game, which is normal considering how often he handles the responsibility of running the offense.
5. Carmelo Anthony - 2,932 TO
Carmelo Anthony isn't exactly a facilitator. He's made a name for being a deadly scorer, a shoot-first kind of guy that often tends to stop the motion of the offense and hog as many shots as he can but hey, shooters shoot, and he's one of the best to ever do it.
Anthony isn't prone to turning the ball over. His 2.6 turnovers per game career average aren't that bad for a guy with that many touches in the offensive end. Still, when you've been in the league for 17 years, you may turn the ball over 2,932 times.
4. James Harden - 3,078 TO
James Harden has become one of the greatest offensive players in the history of the game. He continues to bend the rulebook in his favor and keeps coming up with countless moves to fool his defenders. There's just no way of stopping him.
However, Harden just keeps piling up turnovers over and over. He averages a whopping 3.7 turnovers per game with 6 straight seasons averaging at least 4.0. He's had seasons of 5.7 (league-leading) and 5.0 turnovers per game and holds the record for most turnovers in one season (464).
3. Dwight Howard - 3,143 TO
It seems like people tend to forget just how good and how much of a dominant two-way player Dwight Howard was when he was in his prime. He led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals and was a perennial MVP and DPOY candidate.
Then again, one of the things that made him so good wasn't his ball-handling. Howard has always been prone to making mistakes and getting called for offensive fouls. Thus far, he averages 2.8 turnovers per game over his 16-year career.
2. Russell Westbrook - 3,581 TO
Talent-wise, Russell Westbrook may be one of the greatest players of all time. He's got the physical tools to be a dominant two-way player and the stats reflect how much of an impact he can have in pretty much every single aspect of the game.
However, Westbrook's overconfidence always gets the best of him. He's out of control and doesn't know how to just slow down and read his rival's defense. He's led the league in turnovers three times over his career and averages 4.1 turnovers per game.
1. LeBron James - 4,424 TO
LeBron James is, hands down, a top-3 player in the history of this beautiful game. He's the definition of a point forward and may have the highest basketball IQ the league has seen in the past 3 decades. That's just a fact, not an opinion.
However, when you have the ball on your hands as often as LeBron does, you're likely to make a mistake or two. That's why he's the active player with most turnovers right now. Thus far, he only trails Karl Malone (4,524) and will likely go down as the all-time leader in turnovers in NBA history.