Tag: defense

  • Who was the most overrated NBA player defensively?

    Kobe Bryant. His 12x All-Def selections would have you believe he was one of the greatest defenders ever. He wasn’t. -Never led the league in Def BPM -Never led the league in Def Rating -Never locked or shut anyone down in the playoffs -Outscored by everyone from Leandro Barbossa, Cliff Robinson, Jason Terry, Jalen Rose […]

  • If DPOY had been awarded in the 1960s and 1970s, which NBA players would have won them?

    Interesting question, it’s hard to know because All-Def wasn’t an award until 1969 and DPOY not an award until 1983. So I’m going to go by defensive win shares. It’s not perfect, but it’s something I can go off of. source: https://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/dws_yearly.html 1950: George Mikan1951: George Mikan (2)1952: George Mikan (3)1953: George Mikan (4)1954: George […]

  • Who was a better defender, Kobe or LeBron?

    It’s Lebron, and it’s not that close. Kobe fools casuals into thinking he’s a great defender because he has 12x All-Def selections. In his early years, especially 1999–2003 he was a very solid defender but after that, he started slacking off on defense. A lot of these All-Def selections were not deserved, and based on […]