Sky wrote:Banks doesn't make other players better on defense? ohkaaaay.
Does the other side of the floor exist for you? C'mon Game.
Your reply is bunk. If a point can go over the screen and recover the pick and roll defense improves 100X. Slight weakness of ours.
Sky wrote:The stats I gave you for ATO are only his games in Minnesota. 54% from 3 in April is only Minnesota in big minutes. Just the Minnesota games he had a fg% of .454. Nice try though.
The current Laker bigs have proven they can show. The missing half of the equation is the point. Get that and they can defend pick and roll for the first time in a decade.
I know you were talking about playmaking. My point was to expand your point of view to include BOTH sides of the court when it comes to making your teammates better.
I fully reject the notion of offense-only thinking, it angers me greatly. So my response is part of my neverending Quixotesque quest to get Laker fans to miraculously value defense as much as offense. Impossible I know, but my mission nonetheless.
A shotblocker? Look at the free agent list. Now consider that Pryzbilla and Nazr go for more than MLE, pretty soon you're looking at Cato. Whose offensive skills are so lacking Phil wouldn't play him. It's a good idea in the abstract, but they can't get it in free agency.
Sky wrote:If we don't have defense at 1 that can go over screens and recover we'll get shredded at a very high % in pick and roll and anything else the player can do is irrelevant. How's that for the big picture?
The league isn't moving to making defense at 1 unnecessary. The rules reward speed. Very important distinction.
Shotblocking is not a cure all. Neither is defense at 1. But make no mistake we need both.
Some fans value offensive skills at 1 as an absolute that cannot be touched. Only if a player clears that bar can ANYTHING else they do even be considered. Wolf at LG as the primary example. They refuse to value individual defense at 1. Or like you they point to the rules. The rules help penetrators, but what about pick and roll? Individual defensive skill at 1 is vital to pick and roll defense. Points are helpless in the new rules against penetration, skill doesn't matter? Banks was 5th in the league in % of fg's against inside. 22%. Individual defense matters. Including at 1.
This predates Fisher. I've been a Laker fan since 1971. Jerry West was the last Laker 1 that could defend anything. It's been thirty years and at this point I'm absolutely furious. This idiocy has to stop right now. If fans still refuse to value defense at 1 after these playoffs then I'm just left speechless. Have the last word.
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