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Old 04-02-2010, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA.com: All-Defense team: You gotta see it to believe it

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First Team
GUARDS

Rajon Rondo -- Boston Celtics (99.4)

Rondo still isn't the most disciplined defender, but with some encouragement from Doc Rivers, he's done a better job of staying in front of his man. With long arms, strong hands, quick feet and great anticipation, he's always been a disruptive force in the backcourt.

The opposing point guards on our list shoot slightly below average against Boston, but the Celtics' biggest strength defensively is forcing turnovers. And the league leader in steals is responsible for a good amount of those.

Arron Afflalo -- Denver Nuggets (104.3)

The Nuggets are a slightly below-average defensive team. Their best defender is Kenyon Martin. But they've done a good job of keeping Bryant, James and Wade in check this season. And it's been Afflalo who's had the assignment of slowing down the opposing stars most of the time.

In what was perhaps the most underrated acquisition of last summer (and another knock on Joe Dumars), the Nuggets got Afflalo from Detroit for a second round pick. He was in and out of the Pistons' rotation last season, but he's been a starter in Denver since early November.

FORWARDS

Kevin Garnett -- Boston Celtics (97.2)

The one defensive play by Garnett that stands out from this season is probably not one he'd like to be remembered for. Rashard Lewis drove baseline around Garnett for the game-winning bucket in the final seconds of the Magic's 96-94 win over the Celtics on Jan. 28 in Orlando, in front of a national TNT audience. For some observers, that play summarized how the Celtics have fallen off since they won the championship two years ago.

But Boston's problems are more about the other end of the floor. They're still an elite defensive team, and though his mobility has been limited, Garnett is still the biggest reason why. The Celtics have allowed just 97.2 points per 100 possessions with Garnett on the floor. That's the second lowest on-court efficiency in the league among players who have logged at least 1,200 minutes.

Shawn Marion -- Dallas Mavericks (101.8)

The Mavs are just the 12th ranked defense in the league, but that's up from 17th last season, with the big difference on the roster being Marion. More telling is that no team in the league defends the league's top five scorers better than the Mavs. In fact, Dallas (.452 true shooting percentage against) has a huge edge over Charlotte (.523), the second best team in defending the big five.

Anthony, Bryant, Durant, James and Wade all have sub-par numbers against Dallas. And while Jason Kidd, Josh Howard and Caron Butler have defended them at times, it's been mostly Marion doing the work. Further, the Mavs are 9-5 against the Nuggets, Lakers, Thunder, Cavs and Heat. So defending the stars well has paid dividends in the standings.

CENTER

Andrea Bargnani -- Toronto Raptors (112.5)

Ha! It is April 1st, after all. But seriously ...

Dwight Howard -- Orlando Magic (99.3)

For the second straight season, Howard is the anchor of the No. 1 defense in the NBA. The Magic lead the league by allowing just 99.7 points per 100 possessions. They're also the best team at defending low-post bigs, allowing just a .492 true shooting percentage from the other five big men on the list.

With Howard patrolling the middle, the Magic allow the fewest points in the paint in the league. They also rank sixth in keeping their opponents off the free-throw line. Howard is a center who has learned how best to apply his size and athleticism, making it much easier for the rest of the team to defend the perimeter. Simply, Howard is the most important defensive presence in the league.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bullshit. Bargs gets at least 2 blocks a night it seems. His defence is improving.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Bullshit. Bargs gets at least 2 blocks a night it seems. His defence is improving.
I agree he didnt deserve this. Poor Bargnani, the only time he is mentioned by NBA.com it is a joke.
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Marion is not defending Kobe these days
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hahaha really feel bad for Bargnani, he's not THAT bad defensively he just needs to rebound better.

For some players this might light a fire under their ass, but I think Andrea is too sensitive and will more likely demoralize him than anything else. He's got to remember things like this and try to improve so this shit can't be pulled on him. Still funny thought.
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Marion is not defending Kobe these days
He did hold Melo to 3-16 shooting and 11 pts the other night though.
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I would take J-Smoove or Gerald Wallace over Marion if I needed a stop.
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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damn guy cant catch a break

outside a handful of games he's been good this year

he gets disrespect from his own team, own fans, and media plus rest of the league
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hard to believe but Bargs actually has more blocks than Al Jefferson, Al Horford, Chris Kaman, Joel Anthony, Nene, Varejao, and a bunch of other bigs normally considered good shot blockers. If Nba.com writers had bothered to look at a few of bargnanis efforts on D against some good post scorers they would notice he isn't as bad as he was, as soon as he gets more focused theres no reason why he can't be at least an average defender at worst.

Oh yeah and lets leave out the fact he's going to block 100 shots and hit well over a 100 threes this year which isn't very common.
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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May serve a motivation.. if I'm Colangelo or Triano, this is posted all over Andrea's locker.
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He should have listed Jose and Hedo for guards and forwards to complete the joke.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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He should have listed Jose and Hedo for guards and forwards to complete the joke.
Shit then you have to mention Jack and Derozen. These Americans are just as or argubly worst defenders then Jose and Hedo.I still laugh when i read from few that Jack is better then Jose on d......its a beautuful day and its sunny but please take off the sun glasses....your glasses are distorting your colours.
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May serve a motivation.. if I'm Colangelo or Triano, this is posted all over Andrea's locker.
Screw them Andrea is doing just fine. This team goes as Andrea and Bosh goes. Andrea is one of most talented centers in the league. He will shine in the play offs. The NBA is an American game and Andrea being Italian gets hit with the joke. Who really cares Andrea has more balls and brains then the rest of those fucking American self centered morons with all those low self tattooed esteem pictures all over their diamond studded bodies.Andrea is improving and once his rebounding becomes more consistent he will be the best all round center in the league. Actually Andrea is argubly the best skilled center right now in the NBA.
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He should have listed Jose and Hedo for guards and forwards to complete the joke.
Yeah, no shit Jose is easily the worst defender at his position and therefor one of the worst defenders in the NBA and Turkoglu is only slightly better. Bargs puts them both to shame at both ends of the floor.
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If a guy isn't black people think he isn't as athletic... lol....

Bargnani is an above average defender, and if you don't think so, you're not paying attention to the intricacies of the game...
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Biggest disappointment on the Raptors on the d side is Jarett Jack. He came to this team to help us on d and wow did he surprise....Jose Calderon a Euro plays better d then Jarrett Jack. Jose> Jack .............more experience, more brains,more heart, more everthing !
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If a guy isn't black people think he isn't as athletic... lol....

Bargnani is an above average defender, and if you don't think so, you're not paying attention to the intricacies of the game...
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Bargs certainly gets no respect. Easy to see how this can happen, given on some nights it does look like he is somewhere else and gets no help by our guards.
He clearly doesn't deserve the disrespect. It's up to him to change the perception. He has the skill/talent, but will he bring the effort/intensity nightly to shut them up?
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Thats just typical bullshit based on players reputation. Bargs definately wasnt really good defender before this season, but he has made huge improvements this season. He has had some really good defensive games against some of the best big men in the league this season and he is blocking a respectable amount of shots. He has 12th most blocked shots per game of all centers in the league. That basically says he is blocking more shots than your average starting center.

Of course his defense looks a lot worse than it is because he is not a great help defender and playes in a team that has the worst team defense in the league. He is also playing with a front court partner who while having the athletic tools to be a good defender seems to concentrate on his offense rather than defense 75% of the time. That and the fact that the back court cant keep their guys in front of them leads to lot of help situations (where Andrea isnt at his best) which in turn lead to AB's man being open under the basket.

Im sure there isnt such statistic available, but Im sure AB get scored on more than other C's by those centers/Pf's that arent really center of their teams offense. Big guys who actually get lots of low post plays run for them, dont really dominate AB that much. This is due to the wild helping of Raps which often leaves those non-bigname centers open under the basket.

On average I think AB has been our best defender of the starting unit that we had prior to last few games. Bosh might be better if he focused on defense enough, but he doesnt and DD has the physical tools, but makes too many rookie mistakes at this point. Jose/Jack and Turk are definately worse than Bargs.
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