I'm not going to deny that a Stretch 5 with a Team that has very good ball movement can beat a Vogel designed defense that depends on Hibbert defending the paint....but not all Teams great ball movement that keeps the defense on it's heels much less a stretch 5 that has a 3pt or mid range game that you can't sag off off.
But let's be fair here.......the vast majority of the Centers in the League don't want to venture out to the perimeter as well. Let's not make this into some weakness that Hibbert himself only exhibits.....the weakness that Hibbert has in defending outside of the paint is the same weakness that a lot of other Centers have as well.
Also, shouldn't there be some distinction between finding a way to beat Hibbert and finding a way to beat a defense designed to take advantage of Hibbert's defensive strengths?
To be clear....I'm not saying that once Hibbert ventures 5 feet outside of the paint that his defense isn't extremely limited if not sucks......but using a Stretch 5 offense is taking advantage of the System as much as it is taking advantage of the Player.
To further this line of discussion.....how do other Teams defend against a Stretch 5 offense?
Is it to simply go 1 on 1 for all Players ( even the Center ) where everyone has to stick with their Player regardless?
If so, then why doesn't other Teams simply adopt a Stretch 5 offense to beat every Team's defense?
Last edited by CableKC; 08-23-2014 at 12:41 AM.
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Really, this season just depends on Roy Hibbert. Where he goes, the team goes. No matter what some think, losing Stephenson and George is too big of a loss to overcome if we play like the team to end last year's season.
I think this will be a fun season to watch.
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I thought the comments about the Pacers were fair. We were slightly better than a .500 team for the last 30 games of the year, and we lost arguably our two best players.