Understanding the Role of Defense in the NBA
In preparation for this evening’s match-up between the Raptors and the 76ers:
this is a snapshot of a single possession, from an early season game between these same two teams.
What do you see, from a Raptors’ perspective?
If you look closely at this photo what you should be able to see is that:
* Roko Ukic has his man checked on the original Weak Side of the floor [i.e. Miller]
* Chris Bosh has his man checked on the original Ball Side of the floor [i.e. Mystery Sixer A]
* Jamario Moon was probably beaten off the bounce by Thaddeus Young, who drove into the lane from the Right Corner [i.e. looking at the picture]
Leaving the questions:
1. How come there was NO “Help” provided by Jason Kapono, who was checking Mystery Sixer B [standing Weak Side above the 3PT-line]?
2. How come Andrea Bargnani was “Pinned” in a Fronting Position vs Mystery Sixer C [either Brand or Dalembert; it's hard to tell in the pic], in a poor position to respond to, and effectively deter, Young’s drive into the lane?
There is no secret to playing good, solid defense in the NBA … but, a team’s best efforts in this area are severely mitigated by the presence on the floor of more than one individual player who is an Inferior Team Defender.
Deciphering the correct code for the Raptors [Dec 3 2008]
Wait a second … what’s really going on here [Dec 4 2009]
What is really going on here: Part II [Dec 5, 2009]
Respect for tellers of truths [Dec 8, 2009]