therealdeal wrote:^ One thing I really marveled at was Dwight's ability to challenge shots without getting called for fouls. He went up 3-4 times and may not have come up with the block, but changed the shot for damn sure.
Andrew didn't have the athleticism to do this and when he tried he was called for fouls, sometimes unfairly. Dwight's mobility is really remarkable and I think that's going to make our defense terrifying later on in the season.
I don't expect 4 blocks a game, but honestly he could have had way more last night. I think he should average more shots changed/shots blocked this season than he's had so far in his young career.
^I read that line and I had a deja vu moment. I posted this in the preseason thread " The thing that impressed me most was his ability to challenge shots without getting in foul trouble."
But yeah I agree (obviously). I'm glad someone else saw it too. That was beautiful to watch. And it also shows how much the refs respect his defense. Other players might have been called for fouls on those plays. That's why I was surprised people on here were complaining about his defense. He blocked or altered at least 7 or 8 shots. Of course he wasn't perfect but the guy hasn't played in 6 months yet he still dominated.
And it's hard not to respect a guy who has his kind of work ethic. He's always working to improve his game and he's a willing listener/learner. Overall, I don't think he's ever going to be better than the other great Laker centers (due to his offensive limitations), but he certainly has a chance to be the best defensively.