agreed West defense is a lot better than people are making it out to be
the reason the game of basketball is so intriguing and how teams are built is intriguing IMO because the players have to fit each other. Carlos Boozer is a awful defender almost Troy bad. But The Bulls have done a beautiful job of putting guys around him that mask his weakness. Lou Deng and Noah are the perfect guys to put next to a weak defender. Basketball players cant be judged on their play alone the system and the players around them have a lot to do with how they perform and that is why constructing a team that fits well together is key.
I have to laugh at Vnz Tyler is a "beast" yet West is superior on both sides of the ball(but he sucks) and on offense it isn't even close.
just love the hypocrisy
I guess you had me on ignore or you only read what you want because I've been dissapointed of Tyler all year I even mentioned "our power forwards made Anderson/Young look like Hall of Famers", find me a post on this thread were I'm saying that "Tyler is a beast" yep once again you are full of crap.
I also like that you are mentioning Boozer as an awful defender and Boozer's D is similar to West's, so I wonder what that makes West.
Last edited by vnzla81; 03-01-2012 at 01:48 PM.
I feel like almost every thread ends in a stupid argument over pointless, minor details.
We may not make it out of the first round, I don't know, (though right now I would like our chances against the Hawks or Sixers), but West's D won't be the reason why. As long as George and Granger are bringing effort defensively, it helps mask everything West cannot do on defense. West's impact on our offense has been huge. He clearly helps Roy when it comes to spacing much more than Tyler or McRoberts ever did.
Last edited by Trader Joe; 03-01-2012 at 02:47 PM.
Also, you're the one who always brings up "thanks" when talking to me or about me. I, for one, could care less whether one person, zero people or -10 people thank one of my posts, but you seem to be very intent on harping on it. Doesn't make much sense to me.
Vnzla, you're one of the biggest "stats don't mean everything" guys on this board and yet here you are bringing Troy Murphy into a conversation about David West, how does that make any sense?
Last edited by Trader Joe; 03-01-2012 at 02:54 PM.
Is this really a minor detail in this case? Vnzla is wondering why people give David West a pass for his average to below average D, but never gave a pass to Murphy...I mean try to digest that one for a second.
EDIT: Also, everyone is acting like West's stats are terrible, when in reality, they are pretty close to on par with his career averaged. He's just playing 5-6 less minutes a game then he has in his career in the past. Last year West played 35 MPG, this year he is playing 29.7 MPG. And even with playing nearly 6 minutes less per game, he is only averaging .7 less rebounds a game than he did last year. West averaged 7.5 RPG last year and is at 6.8 last year. So maybe his assists are down? Nope again. Last year in nearly 6 more MPG West averaged 2.3 APG that has dropped down a whopping .1 APG this season to 2.2 APG.
So yeah, his scoring is down, but he's also recovering from one of the most catastrophic physical injuries you can have. However, his rebounds and assists are virtually identical to last year and he is doing it in 6 less minutes a game. That is impressive. David West having a poor statistical season? I say bullocks.
Last edited by Trader Joe; 03-01-2012 at 03:02 PM.
Jeez, how many people actually read the article?
It's about West's complementary nature offensively.
Not about his stats, not about his defensive play.
Why is it that people want to pick apart each individual player's weaknesses, when most of those don't manner in the milieu of a game that's played as a team?
Most NBA players have to be spectacularly bad at a specific skill (read: Murphy) or poorly matched up with non-complementary teammates (read: GSW) for it to have real, fundamental meaning.
I can see pointing out that we have no real consistently effective second team lineup. I can see pointing out that we, as a team, seem to struggle feeding the low post effectively.
But to pick apart West's average to subpar team defensive skills seems like a waste of time, and borderline trollish.
Hibbert: "I am an all-star this year because of West"
Team: happy, cohesive
I think that's pretty accurate, although the details aren't always minor - it's just the way some people structure their arguments (and don't know how to let anything go) that's the problem, imo. I try to read all the posts before I respond in a thread and for the past 6 months or so by the time I get to the end I am annoyed enough that I don't even bother half the time. I can't avoid it by using my ignore list because the people I want to ignore the most tend to get quoted over and over again. Besides, the thread has often been narrowed down into "Yes, he is/X sucks!" and "No, he isn't/x doesn't suck!" anyway, so I figure - what's the point?
It's disheartening, especially when the team is doing so well overall. That's not to say there shouldn't be disagreement and discussion - of course there should be, it's a message board. But does almost every thread have to end in ? There have definitely been periods of time when in-depth but at least semi-respectful disagreements were normal around here, and no, it wasn't "boring." Now the board seems to be dripping with sarcasm, exaggeration, and self-congratulation. I'd hoped the combativeness would ease up just a bit post-JOB, but it really hasn't.
Ah well. I should be working anyway.
Last edited by gummy; 03-01-2012 at 04:57 PM.
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If West really wanted to, he could score more points than he currently is. Same's true of Roy, Danny, Paul George, and Collison.
Every one of the starters has sacrificed a couple ppg in order to build a well-rounded offense.
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Last edited by vnzla81; 03-01-2012 at 05:41 PM.
We don't have a player like Gibson to back up West. Hans may be a better scorer than Gibson (mainly because he can draw more fouls and hit most of his FTs) but defensively he is not the upgrade that Gibson is to Boozer.
Lou is our best defender at PF. I doubt that we would want to see Lou getting major time during the playoffs. He is an excellent defender but offensively he is not as good as Gibson.
If we could merge Lou and Hans together (and get a Louer Amundsbrough or a Tylis Hanson) then we could use this hybrid in the same way that Tom T uses Gibson. We cannot do this, though.
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I guess that the most disappointing fact is that we are in the 28th place in non-blocked 2 Pt attempts for the whole season shooting 49%. In this category we're only better than the Pistons (48.7%) and the Bobcats (48.1%). Even the Wizards are slightly above us (49.1%).
The good thing is that we still are a good team despite missing several open shots.
PS: Here's the link -> http://www.teamrankings.com/nba/stat...ocked-2-pt-pct
With Rondo being shopped any chance Pacers make a play? Granger + Collison for Rondo + Allen?
I haven’t heard anything. I’m not sure Rondo is a good fit for the Pacers, Ray Allen certainly is though. The Pacers need their PG to be able to hit a Jumper in order to provide spacing for their slashers and Hibbert in the paint. I just don’t see Rondo making the Pacers that much better because of his issues offensively. He’d be great on defense
Sittin on top of the world!
edit: Here are the numbers from the last five games, we are ranked at 11th(last five games).
I think the best measurement of team offense and defense is OFF EFF and DEF EFF because that way you don't get deceived when a team has a low FG% but gets offensive rebounds (or defensively, gets people to miss but can't get enough D rebounds), plus it balances every team by accounting for pace.
The Pacers are currently 13th in the league in OFF EFF (which sounds about right to me), while our DEF EFF is currently 7th, which also seems about right to me.
We're fine. Nothing spectacular, but we're doing quite well overall. When you're in the top half in both OFF EFF and also DEF EFF, and one of the two is top 10 (preferably top 5, however), you're doing a lot of things right.