Just saw this on ESPN today and thought it was interesting...
http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/post?id=2544In his illustrious college career at North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough became the school's all-time scoring leader. And while that hasn't translated very well to the NBA, the Pacers backup power forward is starting to show big improvement on the defensive end.
Synergy Sports Technology shows that Hansbrough is among the very best post up defenders in the NBA this season, allowing just 0.453 points per play. That ranks in the 98th percentile league-wide, and is light years ahead of where Hansbrough was at in previous seasons. Last year, he allow 0.902 PPP when defending the post (32nd percentile) and the year before he was at 0.97 (29th percentile).
Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers lead the league in defensive efficiency and have a number of players (David West, George Hill) committed to that side of the court. What the numbers above indicate is that Hansbrough is one of them.
Anyone else surprised? I mean, I have definitely seen improvement in his defense this year, but I had no idea it was so much better.