Touches

Touches estimate the number of times a player touched the ball in an attacking position on the floor. The theory behind the formula is that once a player gets the ball, he can only do one of four things (aside from dribbling, of course): pass, shoot, draw a foul, or commit a turnover.

Touches Formula=Field Goal Attempts + Turnovers + (Free Throw Attempts / (Team’s Free Throw Attempts/Opponents Personal Fouls)) + (Assists/0.17)
• %Pass = 100 * (AST / 0.17) / Touches. The percentage of a player’s touches that ended with him passing to a teammate in an attacking position on the floor.
• %Shoot = 100 * FGA / Touches. The percentage of a player’s touches that ended with him taking a shot and not being fouled in the act.
• %Fouled = 100 * (FTA / (Tm FTA / Opp PF)) / Touches. The percentage of a player’s touches that ended with him drawing a foul.
• %TO = 100 * Turnovers / Touches. The percentage of a player’s touches that ended with him turning the ball over.
Touches can be accessed at stats.nba.com