One of the biggest issues with theIsolated Rim Protection metric has been been adjusting for shot "deterrence" and pace. Basically, from the defensive perspective, the best shot at the rim is the one not taken at all. And while I had accounted for this previously with a team adjustment, that was fairly blunt, as it is clear as day that there is a great difference in the intimidation factor presented by a Dwight Howard and by his current backup Donatas Motiejunas .
Related to the piece I had up on ClipperBlog yesterday (thanks to Andrew Han for running it), I recalculated "Isolated Rim Protection" values up through games of Monday the 20th. Based on a suggestion from Rob, I ran the whole league, not just big men, though obviously "rim protection" is a far less important stat for wings and guards than for bigs. But, looking at the whole league (well, players who had played at least 20 games and at least 10 minutes per game) reveals the contribution each "position" on the floor tends to have in protecting the paint:
Podcast: Trade Thoughts and Rating Local Announce Teams
Most airtime he's gotten in months.
Thankfully, Rob has recovered from what sounded like a nasty bout of appendicitis, and we were able to record a long overdue podcast. After the jump, we get sidetracked talking MORE about Blake vs. DMC before segueing into discussing the recent trades involving Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford among others before finishing up with our thoughts on the League Pass experience of the booths on local broadcasts.
Since I last looked at the Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins comparison a month ago, a funny thing happened: they both started balling out all over the place. My thesis at that point was the DMC would be the better "primary option" as he was a more consistent one on one scorer as well as able to "bend" defenses by drawing a double team in the post.
In Which I Lambaste Mike Brown (with a poke at Doc Rivers as well)
I don't understand, that always worked with Lebron
The other week when I talked about the horrorshow that is the Cleveland offense, I stated that Mike Brown is a bad offensive coach, figuring I didn't need to provide examples. But he provides them anyway, and not just of his teams' "get the worst shot possible given our talent" philosophy with the ball, but for a guy with a supposed great pedigree for defensive principles, oversees a team prone to some shocking breakdowns.
This may become something of a belabored point on this here blog, but role matters a great deal when deciding between two players. Much as we can see the mammoth front line in Detroit being less than the sum of their parts, or Wes Matthews looking like an All-Star in Portland where he might look uglier on a team where he was expected to do more with the ball, a player's production is a function of both his talent and how well that talent fits the tasks he is put in a position to perform by his teammates and system. The importance of fit has a great deal of relevance to the Blake vs. DMC discussion.
After enjoying the Fightin' Stevenses whoop up on the Quittin' Woodsons (how long til they become Firin' Woodsons?), Rob from PPP and I sat down to record a podcast, which I've embedded after the jump. Even though I'm posting the here, it's still the Points Per Possession Podcast at Where Offense Happens, sort of like Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High, but with millions less in sponsorship revenue. Hey Rob, CTC?
Comparing players is something of a obsession among hoopheads. I'm of course not immune, even though I tend to think "who else you got" is almost as important a question as the skills and talents of the two players you are evaluating. One of the more intriguing pair of subjects for idle discussion is Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins. Obviously, based on national profile and acclaim, Griffin wins in a walk. However, I'm not so sure. And I want to spend some time teasing out the areas in which each has the edge. In part 1 of this series, I'm going to look at their post games, in part 2, I'll look at pick and roll play, and in part 3 I'll discuss defense and transition play.