It is still really early in the season - so I have not looked at the team stats. But in reading Wells article this morning I was surprised the Pacers were tied with the Cavs in defensive field goal percentage 3rd (behind only the Celts and Lakers) opponents are shooting 42.3% - that is excellent. Pacers also lead the NBA in block shots and they are in the top 6 in forcing turnovers. - Granted their defensive rebounding is average at best - but overall the defensive stats show the Pacers as being one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
Is this an aberation? Will this last the whole season? Why are the stats sooo good?
Sure, Daniels in the lineup and Dunleavy out has helped the overall defense some - but not nearly as much as having Ford and Jack replace Jamaal and Diener - that is a huge, huge upgrade. Almost as important as the point guard position is that the players seem to be buying into - accepting the system much much better - fewer missed assignments - fewer players completely lost (Harrison, Ike) -