Caitlin Clark Breaks Unwanted WNBA Record: Surpasses Turnover Milestone in Rookie Season!

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 07/10/2024
On a rather dreary Wednesday early afternoon in a match against the Washington Mystics, Indiana Fever's Caitlin Clark found herself etching her name into the annals of WNBA history for all the wrong reasons. In what can only be described as an unfortunate milestone, Clark amassed her fifth turnover of the game, surpassing the late Nikki McCray’s infamous record for most turnovers in a rookie season.

With this unwanted achievement, Clark's 127th turnover of the season moved her past McCray’s mark of 126 set back in 1998—a record that had withstood the test of time for nearly a quarter-century. To add insult to injury, Clark managed this dubious feat in just 23 games, outpacing McCray's pace, who took 29 games to reach her total.

Ironically, there's a silver lining that comes with this record; it places Clark among some legendary company. The career leaders in turnovers include some of the most celebrated names in basketball—Diana Taurasi leads the WNBA with an astonishing 1,490 career turnovers and LeBron James holds the NBA record with 5,211. Somehow, Clark is following in the footsteps of giants through her mishaps on court. Moreover, she's alarmingly on track to shatter another less-than-desirable record: the single-season WNBA turnover record of 137 set by Alyssa Thomas just earlier this year.

Clark’s average of leading the league with 5.5 turnovers per game—a staggering 1.7 more than any other player—is not exactly a statistic to be proud of. Despite these glaring setbacks shadowing her debut season, Clark has managed to secure some semblance of redemption by still putting up an impressive performance overall. Her participation alongside Angel Reese as one of only two rookies in the WNBA All-Star game stands out as a beacon of hope amidst her struggles.

Additionally, her breaking numerous positive records throughout the season does offer some consolation. Achieving milestones such as becoming the fastest player to reach over 300 points, over 100 assists, and over 100 rebounds in WNBA history and recording a rare rookie triple-double are commendable feats indeed.

Yet these accomplishments are overshadowed by her propensity for turnovers—a blemish on what could have been an otherwise stellar rookie campaign. This juxtaposition serves as a stark reminder that even talented newcomers are not immune to challenges and setbacks on their journey through professional sports.


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