Posts Tagged ‘Deron Williams’

Effectively applying pressure to NBA owners

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

What sorts of things c/should specific types of NBA players be doing at this time to generate the best possible CBA from negotiations with the group of owners who have decided to lock them out?

Exhibit A

Deron Williams’ sweet move

  • Now there’s real pressure on Mikhail Prokhorov, and implied pressure on every owner with valued stars, to get the NBA season started on time. There’s nothing like watching the future of your franchise take the floor night in and night out in a chippy overseas league. If Williams gets injured in Turkey, it’s bad for Williams, but it’s dreadful for the Nets, who are hoping to use Williams to lure fans to a new arena in Brookyn a year from now, not to mention a big free agent like Dwight Howard. Without Williams, the Nets’ roster is pretty sad, and Prokhorov’s investment in basketball endures a major setback.
  • The Nets can ill afford hardball. Before they can make Williams the centerpiece of the next phase of their existence, they need to woo him into signing a contract extension.

In this instance, it is likely going to be the owners’ group that cracks apart before the players’ association.

Oh, Henry … Yes! There is

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Deron Williams and the Jazz know what they’re doing

“With Chris Paul sidelined, is any point guard playing better than Deron Williams?”

There are a few things I try not to do. Among them:

  • I try not to wake up my wife and kids when they’re sleeping.
  • I try not to call people who have little children late at night.
  • Realizing I’m a journalist, not a coach, I try not to make statements that rely strictly on my own cobbled-together basketball judgment.
  • I try not to curse.

Last night I came this close to breaking all those rules …

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Given the already stated preference of this corner, when forced to choose between CP3 and D-Will …

It’s the Age of the Point Guard, in today’s NBA [Dec 18 2009]

it is now a simple fact that the age-old …

QUESTION of …

Who is the best Point Guard in the NBA today?

… needs to be asked and, then, answered, in a different way than it’s ever been asked before … 

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Opponent

Score

GS

Min

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

Off

Def

Tot

 

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

MEM

W 105-89

1

37:07

 

7

14

50.0

 

1

4

25.0

 

7

7

100.0

 

1

5

6

 

15

4

1

1

2

22

Opponent

Score

GS

Min

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

M

A

Pct

 

Off

Def

Tot

 

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

LAC

W 114-89

1

39:55

 

10

20

50.0

 

5

6

83.3

 

7

8

87.5

 

1

2

3

 

11

1

1

0

1

32

@ IND

W 94-73

1

35:39

 

6

18

33.3

 

0

4

0.0

 

10

17

58.8

 

0

9

9

 

13

5

2

4

2

22

MIN

W 109-95

1

30:33

 

3

8

37.5

 

1

3

33.3

 

5

6

83.3

 

0

6

6

 

11

3

1

1

1

12

@ MIA

W 92-91

1

38:31

 

9

23

39.1

 

2

9

22.2

 

12

17

70.6

 

0

9

9

 

4

4

1

0

3

32

OKC

W 100-99

1

42:38

 

9

19

47.4

 

6

10

60.0

 

13

19

68.4

 

0

9

9

 

12

6

1

1

2

37

LAL

W 93-87

1

40:24

 

13

25

52.0

 

1

9

11.1

 

10

13

76.9

 

0

5

5

 

9

4

2

1

3

37

TOR

W 108-100

1

41:01

 

8

18

44.4

 

0

7

0.0

 

12

14

85.7

 

0

9

9

 

11

3

3

3

1

28

@ LAC

W 102-101

1

38:54

 

12

20

60.0

 

3

6

50.0

 

5

7

71.4

 

2

2

4

 

4

5

2

1

3

32

@ UTH

L 96-97

1

40:25

 

12

20

60.0

 

4

6

66.7

 

8

12

66.7

 

1

8

9

 

6

5

5

1

1

36

@ GSW

W 117-114

1

41:37

 

12

23

52.2

 

1

4

25.0

 

12

14

85.7

 

1

7

8

 

11

2

2

4

1

37

considering THE WAY a certain member of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been conducting his on-court business since approximately Jan 11 2010.

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Who is the best Point Guard in the NBA today?

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THE CORRECT ANSWER is … LeBron James.

[... which is something this corner has been advocating for at least the last 2+ years quite some time ... i.e. Best Point Guards in the NBA: An Update, Jan 30 2008]

 

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PS. In sharp contrast to other NBA experts/analysts/fans/etc. … there is a good reason why many of the statements and observations which appear on this blog do, in fact, rely mostly on “cobbled-together basketball judgment” rather than elaborate prose and/or the use of unnecessarily complicated new-age statistics. For those of you who took the time to read what Henry Abbott wrote in his introduction, it’s important to always be aware of How the Principle of Opposite functions in The Game of Hoops. :-)

 

There’s a good reason the Jazz were willing to trade Eric Maynor

Friday, January 15th, 2010

At the time this specific blog entry was started the clock on the wall reads 12:55 AM, ET, Friday, January 15, 2010.

Just one week ago, on Wed Jan 06, this was the scene when a young man by the name of Sundiata Gaines first earned the opportunity to begin his NBA career with the Utah Jazz and, in the process, also made his mother shed a tear or two:  

Watching him play right now, for the first time, in the heart of the 4th quarter … in the 2nd bill of TNT’s Thursday Night marquee match-up, against LeBron James & Co., no less … after Deron Williams sustained an injury, it says here that, by later on this [Friday] morning every NBA fan around the world will know [i] his name, [ii] where he’s from, and [iii] how exactly he’s managed to get to where he’s at this evening.

Go ahead and write his name down, in ink … because it says here that:

1. He is going to have a long and productive career;

2. Utah has just found their back-up PG for the rest of this season; and,

3. Come this spring, the Jazz will eventually qualify for the WC playoffs.

The time is now 1:39 AM … and the Jazz just won tonight’s game:

Cleveland 96
Utah 97
GameTrax

on a last second 3PT-shot by … none-other-than … Sundiata Gaines!

Update:

 

 

It’s the Age of the Point Guard, in today’s NBA

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This corner of the blogosphere has been saying for at least the last 2+ years that Deron Williams is, in fact, a better PG than the Annointed One, Chris Paul …  

However, despite the affection which exists here for the members of the TNT Crew, please let it still be known, to one and all, that there is also a VERY BIG difference between making a comparative statement like that, and subsequently christening D-Will as the No. 1 PG, overall, in the entire NBA today … whilest other top dogs, like:

Chauncey Billups
Steve Nash
Tony Parker, and
Jason Kidd

are still running, at near full-throttle, in the pound, and other still-as-yet wet-behind-the-ears young bucks, like:

Rajon Rondo
Devin Harris
Russell Westbrook
Derrick Rose
Rodney Stuckey
Monta Ellis
Tyreke Evans, and
Brandon Jennings

are just beginning to prowl.

Indeed, in the grand history of the game, you might not be able to identify any other era during which quite THIS many [and potentially even more than just the 14 names listed here] very-good-to-perhaps-great Point Guards roamed the floors of the NBA, all at once, on an every day basis.

Where and how exactly Toronto lost last night’s game at Utah

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Toronto Raptors 91
UTAH JAZZ 104
Wed Nov 18 2009 – Game Scoreboard

At the 9:20 mark of the 4th quarter this was a 2 possession game with the Jazz leading, 83-79. 

If you look at the Full-Play-By-Play for the next 5 minutes and 20 seconds, what you should be able to see during this sequence is that:

Toronto had 14 offensive possessions.
Utah had 11 offensive possessions.

Toronto committed 3 Turnovers.
Utah commited just 1 Turnover.

Toronto took 9 shots outside of the lane [and made only 1].
Utah took 0 shots outside of the lane.

Toronto scored just 3 points [1/3FG].
Utah scored 12 points [4 FTs; 4/2FGs].

If you then watch the game-tape closely … specifically … this is how each of the offensive possessions for the Raptors and Jazz actually broke down:

TORONTO RAPTORS

UTAH JAZZ

Jack

Belinelli

Turkoglu

Johnson

Bargnani

 

Maynor

Williams

Kirilenko

Millsap

Boozer

Time

#

Play Action

Outcome

Play Action

#

9:20

 

 

Maynor, DLU, make [vs Jack, contested], 85-79

1, Wing entry pass to 2; 1, UCLA cut; 2-5 Wing Pick with weak side Staggered Screens; Split dribble; Kick-out Pass to 1 [right Wing]; 1, Driving Layup

1

 

1

4 & 5 Double High Picks for 1; 1, Kick-out Pass to 2 [weak side Corner]

Belinelli, J3, miss

[vs Williams, in rotation; open]

 

 

 

 

 

Williams/Kirilenko, TO-1 [Bad pass]

2, Wing iso; 3, weak side flash cut middle; 2 Pass to 3

2

8:33

 

 

Official Time-out

 

 

Calderon

Jack

Belinelli

Johnson

Bargnani

 

Maynor

Williams

Brewer

Kirilenko

Millsap

 

2

1-5 Wing Pick & Roll, Pass Across to 4; 4, Pass to 5; Pass deflected by X4; 5 tied up for jump-ball; 5 losses jump-ball

Bargnani, TO-1

 

 

 

 

 

Brewer, LU, miss [vs Belinelli, open]

2, Wing entry pass to 1; 2 UCLA cut; 1-5 Wing Pick with weak side Staggered Screens; 5, Slip the Pick with weak side Tornado [3 flash cut to middle & 2 pop out]; 1, Pass to 5; 5, Pass to 3

3

 

3

2-4 Wing Pick & Roll; 2, Drive middle; 2 Kick-out Pass to 1 [right Corner]; 1, Pass to 2

Jack, J3, miss [vs Brewer, in rotation; open]

 

 

 

4

5, weak side flash cut middle; fouled by Kirilenko; 1-4 High middle Pick & Roll; 1, Drive middle

Calderon, PUJ, miss [vs Williams, open]

 

 

7:23

 

 

Maynor, TAJ [middle], fouled [Bargnani]; FT, make, 86-79; FT, make, 87-79

2, Wing entry pass to 3; 2 UCLA cut; 3-5 Wing Pick with weak side Staggered Screens; 5, Step-out; 3 Pass to 5; weak side Tornado [1 flash cut to middle & 2 pop out]; 5, Pass to 1 [right Block]

4

Calderon

Belinelli

Turkoglu

Bosh

Bargnani

 

Maynor

Williams

Kirilenko

Millsap

Boozer

 

5

3-4 High Middle Pick & Roll; 3, Pass to 4 [weak side Top]; 4, Pass to 1 [left Corner]

Calderon, J3, miss [vs Boozer, in rotation; open]

 

 

 

 

 

Boozer, JHS, miss [vs Bosh, contested]

1, in transition, Pass to 5 [Front rim]

5

 

 

 

Kirilenko, DLU, miss [vs Calderon; contested by Bargnani]

Scramble; 3, Drive middle

6

 

6

1, in transition, Pass to 5; 5, shot fake, drive right; fouled [Millsap]; 3-4 High Pick & Roll; 3, Pass to 4 [weak side Top]

Bargnani, J3, miss [vs Millsap; open]

 

 

 

7

4, left Block isolation

Bosh, J2, miss [vs Boozer, contested]

 

 

 

8

Scramble; 2, Drive middle

Belinelli, DLU, miss [open]

 

 

 

9

3-4 High Wing Pick & Roll; 3, Drive middle

Turkoglu, TO-2 [stripped by Kirilenko]

 

 

 

 

 

Maynor, DLU, make [uncontested run-out], 89-79

5, Pass to 2; 2, in transition, Pass to 1

7

 

10

1-4 High Middle Pick, in transition

Calderon, PUJ2, miss [vs Maynor; open]

 

 

 

 

 

 

2, drive in transition; fouled [Calderon];

8

5:50

 

 

Time-out

Regular

 

 

 

 

Maynor, JHS, make [vs Calderon, contested], 91-79

2, Wing entry pass to 1; 2, UCLA cut; 1-5 Wing Pick with weak side Staggered Screens; 5, Slip Pick; 1 Pass to 5; 5 Kick-out Pass to 2 [weak side Wing]; 5, flash cut middle; 1, Pass to 5; 5, Kick-out Pass to 4 [right Wing/Corner]; 4, Pass to 2; ball deflected out-of-bounds; 1, curl cut to basket [Stack formation]; 3, in-bounds Pass to 1 [weak side block]; 1, mid-post isolation

 

 

11

4, low-post isolation [right Block]; Kick-out Pass to 1; 4, re-post; 1, Pass to 4

Bosh, TAJ2, miss [vs Millsap, contested]

 

 

 

 

 

Kirilenko, J2, make [vs Bosh, uncontested], 93-79

2, middle drive in transition; Kick-out Pass to 3 [FT line]

9

 

12

2-5 High Wing Pick & Pop; 2, drive middle

Belinelli, DLU, miss [vs Boozer & Millsap, contested]

 

 

 

 

 

Kirilenko, FT, make, 94-79; FT, make, 95-79

2, in transition, Pass Ahead to 3 [vs Turkoglu]; 3, fouled [Bosh]

10

 

13

3-4 High Middle Pick & Roll; 3, drive right; fouled [Kirilenko]; 4, in-bounds Pass to 5 [top]; 5, Pass across to 3; 1, Back Screen for 4; 4, flash cut to middle; 3, Pass to 2 [left FT line extended]; 2, Pass to 4 [left Mid-post]; 5, flash cut to front rim; 4, Pass to 5

Bargnani, TO-3 [stripped by Boozer]

 

 

 

 

 

Boozer, DLU, miss [vs Bosh, in rotation, contested]

1, dribble into left Wing; 2, shallow cut to Top; 2, UCLA cut; 5, Wing Pick with weak side Staggered Screens; 5, Slip Pick; 1, Pass to 5

11

4:00

14

3-4 High Middle Pick, in transition; 3, drive middle; 3, Kick-out Pass to 1 [right Top]

Calderon, J3, make [vs Maynor, uncontested], 95-82

 

 

What you should then be able to see is:

A. Just how ineffective the Raptors were with their ”High Middle/High Wing/Wing Pick” Series;

vs

B. Just how effective the Jazz were using their “UCLA Cut” Series and ”Transition Attack”;

in terms of generating high percentage shot attempts, in the lane, or from the free throw line … none of which should come as much of a surprise, at least, to those of you who paid attention to what was first written here on Sep 18 2009:

Thumb-down 35 special … for the Raptors

The fact is …

Not only is the Raptors’ defense performing in a poor way, thus far this season, but … when crunch time arrives in important games vs a Quality Opponent [.500+], or in last night’s case, vs an opponent that is particularly well-schooled in its own highly potent offensive and defensive [i.e. with designated helps and specific rotations] systems … so, too, is their offense, which is based primarily on the 3-5 Pick & Roll/Pop action.

Executing well, offensively, in the NBA isn’t just about “making the open shots your players happen to get” but, also … and, more importantly … “getting the specific type of open shots which your players can make on a consistent basis.” 

There’s a big difference between these two types of shot attempts. :-)

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 12

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 12 – at Utah [Wed Nov 18]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

JAZZ

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Williams

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Korver

SF

Turkoglu $^

ß

SF

Brewer

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Boozer

C

Bargnani

=

C

Okur

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

ß

PG

Price

OG

Belinelli ^

ß

G

Maynor *

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Kirilenko

PF

Evans ^

à

PF

Millsap

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Koufos

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G

Dupree $

PF

Johnson ^

=

C

Fesenko

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Sloan

 

 

 

+3

OUTCOME

+4

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player.

The last of a 4-game WC road trip, in a back-2-back situation, is not a good spot for the Raptors to right their listing ship. Although the Jazz might still be without CJ Miles [OG] and Matt Harpring [SF-PF], due to lingering injuries, Utah will still be a dangerous opponent, playing on 3 days rest with recent Hall Of Fame inductee Jerry Sloan at the helm:

 

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 4-8

In appreciation of Les Gouchos

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Watching Luis Scola dismantle the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st quarter of last night’s Game 6, the following thought came to mind …

Q. Do most so-called NBA experts/observers really truly understand just how good, and skilled, and smart, and tenacious, etc., the 2004 Olympic Games [Athens] Men’s Basketball Champions actually were?

A. Not a chance.

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However, if you want to pass yourself off as someone who has a thorough knowledge of the game of basketball, you really SHOULD.

STARTERS
PG/Pepe Sanchez
OG/Manu Ginobili
SF/Andres Nocioni
PF/Luis Scola
C/Fabricio Oberto

KEY SUBS
Alejandro Montecchia [G]
Carlos Delfino [G/F]
Walter Herrmann [F]
Ruben Wolkowisky [F/C]

This is a team which had at least 9 players who were more than capable of holding their own against the very best in the world, and was full value for winning their [i] quarter-final vs Greece [host], [ii] semi-final vs the USA and [iii] final vs Italy, after starting the tournament with an 0-2 record.

If that exact team would have been able to stay together for the 2008 Olympic Games [Beijing] Men’s Basketball Tournament, this past summer, and been 100% healthy, there is simply no telling whether the following group of players, coaches and administrators:

Jason Kidd
Dwyane Wade
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Chris Bosh

Chris Paul
Deron Williams
Michael Redd
Carmelo Anthony
Tayshaun Prince
Carlos Boozer
Dwight Howard

Mike Krzyzewski
Mike D’Antoni
Nate McMillan

Jerry Colangelo

would still enjoy the stellar reputations they have today and have been strong & cohesive enough to reclaim the Gold Medal for the Red, White & Blue.

Oh, but, what a game THAT would have been to witness.

POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors vs Jazz [Mar 08]

Monday, March 9th, 2009

FINAL SCORE: TOR 101, Uta 109
Complete Game Info

These are the different 5-Man Units which the Jazz and Raptors chose to play in the 4th quarter of yesterday’s game:

 

SUBSTITUTION CHART

Raptors vs Jazz, 4th Quarter

 

[Sun Mar 08 2009]

 

Time

Team

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

Start

End

Diff

 

12:00

Uta

Knight

Korver

Kirilenko

Harpring

Collins

81

87

81

87

 

0

TOR

Parker√

Kapono

Graham√

Marion√

Bosh√

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:17

Uta

Williams

 

 

 

 

81

87

82

89

 

+1

TOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09:40

Uta

 

 

 

Millsap

Okur

82

89

85

89

 

-3

TOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09:29

Uta

 

 

 

 

 

85

89

87

89

 

-2

TOR

Calderon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:21

Uta

 

 

 

 

 

87

89

95

93

 

-4

TOR

 

 

Bosh

Bargnani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05:46

Uta

 

 

 

 

 

95

93

97

95

 

0

TOR

 

Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04:23

Uta

 

 

 

 

 

97

95

104

97

 

-5

TOR

 

 

Marion√

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:00

Uta

 

 

 

 

 

104

97

109

101

 

-1

TOR

 

 

Kapono

 

 

LEGEND:

Bold – Player Subbed into the game; Italics – Player Shifted to a new position; √ – Solid Rebounder

 

 

This is how the Minutes Played [MP], at specific positions, broke down for each player:

Utah

Brevin Knight/PG, 01:43
Jarron Collins/C, 02:20
Matt Harpring/PF, 02:20
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Deron Williams/PG, 10:17
Kyle Korver/OG, 12:00
Andrei Kirilenko/SF, 12:00
Paul Millsap/PF, 09:40
Mehmet Okur/C, 09:40

Toronto

Jose Calderon/PG, 09:29
Anthony Parker/PG, 02:31
Anthony Parker/OG, 05:46
Jason Kapono/OG, 07:14
Joey Graham/SF, 07:37
Shawn Marion/PF, 03:39
Shawn Marion/SF, 03:23
Chris Bosh/C, 03:39
Chris Bosh/PF, 08:21 
Andrea Bargnani/C, 08:21

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Key Utah Possession Outcomes during the final 01:35 of the 4th Q

01:35 Deron Williams Made 22-ft Jumpshot [P & R/P isolation vs Switch by Bargnani/checking MIllsap] 

01:00 Deron Williams Maked 1 FT [fouled by Bargnani, P & R/P isolation vs Switch by Bargnani/checking Kirilenko]

00:31 Mehmet Okur Made Layup [P & R isolation vs Switch by Bosh/checking Okur and Bargnani failed to Rotate-to-Help Calderon vs Okur]

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If the Raptors would have used a combination of the following 6 players, instead:

Calderon/PG
Parker/OG or PG [solid Rebounder/Defender at the PG spot]
Graham/OG or SF [solid Rebounder/Defender at the OG or SF spot]
Marion/PF or SF [solid Rebounder/Defender at the PF or the SF spot]
Mensah-Bonsu/PF [solid Rebounder/Defender at the PF spot]
Bosh/C [solid Rebounder/Defender at the C spot]

during the final 06:00 minutes, the outcome would have been different for the home team.

As long as the Raptors continue to assemble a roster of players like this and then use them in the way they are right now … which is how they’ve operated for much of this disappointing season to-date … they will continue to come up short on a consistent basis against the High End Teams in this league.

Despite what others might think … the Raptors are NOT repeatedly losing games this season on account of how Jose Calderon and/or Chris Bosh are performing at the Point Guard spot and the Center position, respectively.

They are losing games on account of what’s happening on the floor when:

1. Chris Bosh is NOT at the Center position;

2. Jose Calderon, or Anthony Parker, is NOT at the Point Guard position; and,

3. Jason Kapono is NOT sitting on the bench … beside Andrea Bargnani [with Roko Ukic, Marcus Banks, Jake Voskuhl, Jermaine O'Neal, Will Solomon, Hassan Adams, and Nathan Jawai], from an effective Rebounding & Team Defense perspective.

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PS. FWIW, you can decide for yourself who you think SHOULD bare Most of The Responsibility for this … i.e. Sam Mitchell, Jay Triano or BRYAN COLANGELO.

Jose Calderon is an average defender at the PG position

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

When yours truly sees this type of observation being made repeatedly in on-line articles and commentary by traditional media sources, bloggers, and members of the Raptors’ fanbase …

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Reasons for concern in Raptorville
The defenceless point guard

In his first year as starting point guard, Jose Calderon has kept up his efficient offensive ways, with a league-leading 4.18 assists for every turnover.

But on the other end of the floor, opposing point guards routinely light up Calderon. Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists against him. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 19 points and eight assists. Devin Harris has torched Calderon in two decisive fourth quarters.

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it indicates that there is still a significant level of basketball sophistication that has yet to be reached by many of the followers of this team.

The average Raptors fan has seen Jose Calderon play each and every game of his NBA career to-date; but this does NOT mean that said fan has a sound/accurate understanding of the game, in general, and how it should be played properly, concerning a player like the Raptors’ starting PG.

In reality … while Jose Calderon will never be confused for a top notch defensive player … he is far from being an atrocious defender at the PG position in the NBA.

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Specific Defensive Responsibilities of a PG for a team in the NBA

Situation #1. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him. Pressure/contain the opposition’s PG, 1-on-1.

Situation #2. In a half-court situation when there is a Pick being set on him. Direct the opposition’s PG toward the Picker – in conjunction with the Picker’s defender – and then recover [by going either under or over, depending on the specific defensive tactic being used] to defend the PG on the dribble.

Situation #3. In a transition situation when there is no Pick being set on him. To contain the opposition’s PG on the dribble, 1-on-1.

Situation #4. In a transition situation when there is a Pick being set on him. To contain the opposition’s PG on the dribble, in conjunction with the Picker’s defender.

Situation #5. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him. To switch defensive responsibilities with a teammate who has the task of defending against an opposition player who plays a different position and is, therefore, usually a bigger player. 

Situation #6. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him. To initiate defensive double-teams and traps against opponent players who are very skilful at scoring either in the Low Post or on drives from the perimeter into the lane.

Situation #7. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him.  To rotate appropriately in order to provide the necessary help for a teammate who has been beaten on a dribble penetration move by an opponent.

Situation #8. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him. To rotate appropriately in order to provide the necessary help for a teammate who has had to rotate to assist a teammate that has been beaten on a dribble penetration move by an opponent, i.e. Help-the-helper.

Situation #9. In a half-court situation when there is no Pick being set on him. To close-out appropriately versus an opponent shooter, contesting the shot and containing that player on the dribble.

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When Jose Calderon is injury-free, the vast majority of his individual defensive breakdowns occur in Situation #2, as a result of a Big-on-Little Pick, where the main culprit isn’t actually Calderon at all but the Raptors’ Big involved in defending this specific action.

If Andrea Bargnani [who is the worst offender], Jermaine O’Neal [who is the 2nd worst offender], Chris Bosh [who is fairly good at this] and Kris Humphries [who is the most proficient at this], as a group, do a poor job defensively when:

i. Switching
ii. Showing & Recovering, or
iii. Trapping

in a 5/4-on-1 Pick scenario … and the opponent’s PG is able to dribble penetrate into the heart of the Raptor’s defense on a consistent basis, primarily, this is not the fault of the Dino’s PG.

When assessing Jose Calderon’s individual defense … encompassing those Nine Situational Categories … versus that provided by the other starting PGs across the League, this is what you should be able to see:

 

 

Defensive Rankings for Starting Point Guards in the NBA


[
Tue Dec 30 2008]

 

No.

EASTERN CONF.

No.

WESTERN CONF.

1

Rajon Rondo/Celtics

1

Deron Williams/Jazz

2

Devin Harris/Nets

2

Chauncey Billups/Nuggets

3

Rodney Stuckey/Pistons

3

Derek Fisher/Lakers

4

Chris Duhon/Knicks

4

Chris Paul/Hornets

5

Andre Miller/Miller

5

Jason Kidd/Mavericks

6

Derrick Rose/Bulls

6

Russell Westbrook/Thunder

7

Jose Calderon/Raptors

7

Tony Parker/Spurs

8

Mike James/Wizards

8

Kyle Lowry/Grizzlies

9

Jameer Nelson/Magic

9

CJ Watson/Warriors

10

Mario Chalmers/Heat

10

Rafer Alston/Rockets

11

TJ Ford/Pacers

11

Baron Davis/Clippers

12

Raymond Felton/Bobcats

12

Steve Nash/Suns

13

Mike Bibby/Hawks

13

Steve Blake/Blazers

14

Luc Ridnour/Bucks

14

Randy Foye/Timberwolves

15

Mo Williams/Cavaliers

15

Beno Udrih/Kings

which would place him in the middle-of-the-pack, approximately, not towards the bottom. 

Taking on all comers

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Reading this specific blog entry … precipitated the following thought:

If you could construct your ideal 12-man team of current NBA players, who would you select?

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Hmmmmmmm …

From that many possibilities, there would be some exceptionally difficult choices to make … and a lot of supremely talented and valuable players left out in the cold.

Regardless … according to these eyes,

these are the Dirtiest Dozen, in the NBA today:

[listed by position & role]

Starters
PG – Lebron James … far and away his best and most natural position
G/F – Dwyane Wade … the best, taking it to the rack, in the half-court
G/F – Kobe Bryant … Samarai Warrior
PF - Kevin Garnett … Rebounding & Energy are thy true names
C – Greg Oden [my, oh, my] … that’s right, before he’s played a game 

Key Bench Subs
PG – Deron Williams … well-balanced in every respect
G/F – Manu Ginobili … the best 6th Man in existence
PF/C – Tim Duncan … the best combo Big in existence

Reserves
PG – Steve Nash … still the best facilitaor in the business, bar none
G/F – Tracy McGrady … multi-purpose player
PF/C – Amare Stoudemire … multi-purpose player
PF/C – Rasheed Wallace … multi-purpose player

Coach – Philip Patrick Jackson Riley … ‘The Sacred Winner Hoops Within’

“Train them … Excite them … and, Turn them Loose … “

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There you go!

Now … Which 12 players would you choose for your team?

[PLEASE NOTE: Who you choose, in what positions & roles, and who you leave out, says a lot about your unique vision of the game.]