If you want to be subjective then you can't blame Bargs
completely for his poor help D - that's a systemic issue and lack of trust in his team mates. Early on in his career Bargs
would leave his man way too much to defend a cutter and either a) ramp up fouls b) no team rotation to cover his man who would often score. Result - pulled by Smitch and sat at the end of a bench, which is not teaching IMO. Smitch was a coach not a teacher. Now Bargs
sticks to his man too much. Bargs
and a number of the Raptors
are a product of poor defensive coaching - how many times have we shook our heads watching Raps leak off their man, rotating poorly, etc. IMO, If Bargs
has the instincts and has been taught to hone them to be an offensive threat AND to play man defense he can be taught help defense, though it has to be the entire team, not just Bargs. I'm tired of this lazy argument or he's not smart enough to get it. Casey has shown with the right system the entire team gets better. Another year of that and we'll have a number of posters changing their tune.