On the defensive end I think two things extremely hurt us. One is that we got rid of James Johnson, who made a difference. Two is that we put Valanciunas beside Bargnani. This franchise would never admit something like present day Valanciunas being a god awful defender, but he is. Bargnani
is a nice fit with Amir, because Amir is experienced and a very smart help defender. The Bargnani-Valanciunas combo is a help defense disaster, even worse than Bosh-Bargnani was back in the day. I also think Bargnani
is just trying less defensively than he was last year.
This team would've won more games this year with a lineup of 24mpg Amir, 13mpg Gray and 11mpg Valanciunas at center to start the season. Rookies often have much less impact than their stats, which is why winning teams work them in slowly. Valanciunas is the 5th best big on our team and he's getting the 2nd most minutes. He's getting 9mpg more than Ed Davis who has clearly outplayed him. That's the kind of thing you don't do in a season where you're supposibly trying to win rather than tank