“Turnover” is when a player loses possession of a ball to the opposing team before attempting a shot.
Houston Rockets forward David Nwaba, left, forces a turnover as Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, middle, tries to keep control and Rockets center Alperen Sengun (28) falls back during the second half of an NBA basketball game.
When it happens, the player has a reduced chance of scoring points, and as a result, their chances of winning are also reduced.
Simply losing the ball does not make it a turnover, of course. There are specific instances that make a turnover a “turnover”.
For instance, it cannot be counted as turnover unless the opponent got the ball after you lost possession of it.
Aspects of Turnover
There can’t be any other scenario counted as a “turnover” than when the player lost the ball and landed at the opposing player’s hands.
A player who throws the ball out of the court during the offense is not counted as a turnover. This is because the opposing team didn’t get the ball.
The most crucial aspect that makes a scenario a “turnover” is the involvement of both teams.
Types of Turnover
The definition of turnover is too general, and many possible instances can be called a “turnover”. There are two main categories of turnover that can provide more detail about what it is.
Forced turnover is when the player loses possession of the ball due to the opposing team’s defense. The opponent “forced” the turnover or created it. An example of this is when the player in defense steals the ball or intercepts a pass.
Unforced turnover is the type that happens because of silly mistakes committed by the offensive player, often due to loss of concentration. In basketball, mistakes are the difference between winning and losing.