The Dirtiest NBA Team And Player

To find the dirtiest NBA team and players we looked at personal foul data for the last 5 seasons. And it turns out the Detroit Pistons are the most foul/dirty team in the NBA.  #BadBoys

The average NBA player commits a foul every 13 minutes and five seconds, which means 11 fouls are committed each game.

We analyzed NBA teams’ performance over the past five years to identify who committed the most personal fouls, and divided this against playing time to reveal the dirtiest of the dirty.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Detroit Pistons committed the most violations, with a foul recorded once every 11 minutes and 19 seconds.

This is significantly higher than the league average offense frequency (one every 12 minutes) and is a far more disruptive performance when compared to the Pistons’ rivals the Chicago Bulls, who committed a foul once every 12 minutes and 17 seconds.

A personal foul is caused when a player makes illegal contact with another player on the court to block their movement, such as charging and blocking.

According to the NBA, infractions of the rules are taken very seriously and can lead to a loss of ball possession or free throws. If a player accumulates six personal fouls in a game, he will be disqualified from the game.

It’s also interesting to see which team is likely to be most affected by the NBA’s recent attempts to cut down on ‘flopping’, which sees players try to draw a charging violation on an opposing team. Those suspected of flopping will be penalized and fined up to $2,000.

The Phoenix Suns come in as the second most badly-behaved team with a personal foul every 11 minutes 24 seconds. The team have never won a championship, but with the removal of Deandre Ayton, who commits a foul on average every 10 minutes, they may have a shot.

Fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves will be disappointed to learn that after averaging a personal foul every 11 minutes 25 seconds they’re the third most disruptive team.

Interestingly, the Golden State Warriors – who won the 2022-23 NBA title- are in the top five teams for the unruliest players, reporting an offense every 11 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Top Ten Dirtiest Teams in the NBA

RankTeamMinutes Per GamePersonal FoulsFrequency of Personal Fouls
1Detroit Pistons241.821.411 minutes 19 seconds
2Phoenix Suns241.621.211 minutes 24 seconds
3Minnesota Timberwolves241.921.211 minutes 25 seconds
4Golden State Warriors241.221.111 minutes 27 seconds
5Houston Rockets241.120.911 minutes 32 seconds
6New York Knicks24220.811 minutes 37 seconds
7Toronto Raptors241.620.711 minutes 41 seconds
8Atlanta Hawks241.820.611 minutes 43 seconds
9Brooklyn Nets241.920.611 minutes 43 seconds
10L.A. Clippers241.320.611 minutes 44 seconds

On the other end of the scale, the NBA’s best-behaved team is the Milwaukee Bucks, with a personal foul committed once every 12 minutes 59 seconds.

Following closely behind the Bucks is Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs as the second and third most not dirty teams, with a foul committed once every 12 minutes 58 seconds and every 12 minutes 57 seconds.

Who is the Dirtiest Player in The NBA?

We used the same methodology as we did for the dirtiest NBA team; the total personal fouls committed by each player divided by their playing time.

The worst-behaved NBA player is Dewayne Dedmon causing the most disruption over the last five seasons.

The former Philadelphia 76ers center committed a foul every 6 minutes and 27 seconds – compared to the NBA average of every 13 minutes

This is significantly higher than the average offense frequency committed across the NBA (once every 13 minutes and 5 seconds) and is more disruptive than the 76ers’ average offense rate of once every 11 minutes and 49 seconds.

The second most badly-behaved player is JaVale McGee who plays for the Sacramento Kings with a foul once every six minutes and 55 seconds.

The third-worst came out as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Naz Reid, with a foul every 7 minutes and 3 seconds.

Surprisingly, notorious bad boy Dillion Brooks only ranked as the 20th dirtiest player in the NBA.

The Top Ten Dirtiest Players in the NBA

RankPlayerMinutes PlayedPersonal FoulsFrequency of Personal Foul
1Dewayne Dedmon40846326 minutes 27 seconds
2JaVale McGee50067236 minutes 55 seconds
3Naz Reid43086107 minutes 3 seconds
4Moritz Wagner40725767 minutes 4 seconds
5JaMychal Green56807747 minutes 20 seconds
6Alex Len42785827 minutes 20 seconds
7Jaren Jackson 73089937 minutes 21 seconds
8Nerlens Noel44866077 minutes 23 seconds
9Richaun Holmes56307547 minutes 28 seconds
10Daniel Theis51616657 minutes 45 seconds

Who Is The “Nicest” NBA Player?

The NBA’s best-behaved player is Tyus Jones, who plays for the Washington Wizards who reports 81% fewer personal fouls than NBA bad boy Dewayne Dedmon.

Following closely is Harrison Barnes who plays for the Sacramento Kings, while the third-least troublesome player is Derrick Rose of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Top 10 Cleanest NBA Players

    Player   Minutes Per Game    Personal Fouls   Frequency of Personal Fouls  
1     Tyus Jones 7503  217   34 minutes 58 seconds  
2    Harrison Barnes 12359  487   25 minutes 22 seconds 
3    Derrick Rose 4943  195   25 minutes 21 seconds  
4    Darius Bazley 5384  227   23 minutes 43 seconds 
5    Tyrese Haliburton 6323  273   23 minutes 9 seconds  
6    Jimmy Butler 9958  431   23 minutes 6 seconds 
7    Lou Williams 6079  270   22 minutes 30 seconds 
8     Monte Morris 8736  390   22 minutes 24 seconds 
9    Tyler Herro 7631  343   22 minutes 15 seconds 
10     Kemba Walker 7066  331   21 minutes 21 seconds