ISH Debate Tourney- Round 1: HALL and OATES vs. hot sizzle
These two are debating what is more important to a team? Big time perimeter scorers or shutdown perimeter defenders?
Side debating perimter defenders are more important
In the nba today, there are a lot of scorers and players that can put the ball in hole, however defense is lacking. Everything starts with defense, whether itís making a steal or contesting a shot. Being able to shut down your opposition gives you great leverage in getting better opportunities for your team and getting more chances on the offensive end.
In terms of winning, having a perimeter player who can shut down the opposition is more important than having a swingman that can score:
*Defending the perimeter doesnít just prevent points to the other team, it disrupts passing lanes, changes the flow the game, and provides for key fastbreak points.
*Offense can come and go, but defense is constant as long as the player tries.
*Defense will generate offense and having a perimeter shutdown player will provide for more efficient offense.
*Defense calls for instincts and passion while by practicing.. a ball player can become a decent scorer.
*Defensive players are rare
*A defensive player can often shut down a big time scorer, and disrupt the opponentís gameplan.
*A defensive player often has a pretty good feel for the game and is fundamentally sound.
Side debating perimeter scorers are more important
Perimeter scorers are more valuable then a shut down perimeter defenders. Why you ask? Well for one How many guys are able to go out on the court and hit shots like nothing compared to good perimeter defenders? About equal but the part that makes the perimeter scorers more important is they can change the face of the game within a matter of seconds.
Donít believe me? I have a name for you ÖTracy McGrady. He can take the offensive load by himself and shoot over the best defenders the league has to offer. Lets remember back about a year ago when Houston was in a was behind in a big game and who comes to there rescue? Tracy McGrady . The man took control of the game because he can shoot from the perimeter at a high percentage and did it over one of the best perimeter defenders our game has to offer. He shook Bruce Bowen time and time again even forcing him to have a help defender to help every time (Tim Duncan/Tony Parker). So proving even the best canít handle a great shooter. Tracy really opened up so many more options for players by hitting a few shots.
Ok pretend the whole NBA had a mock draft and you could choose between any great perimeter defenders or shooters to have on your team. Any GM would take there great perimeter shooters first. Ray Allen or Bruce Bowen? Kobe Bryant or Raja Bell? Chauncey Billups or Steve Nash. I mean that basically what we are comparing.
Another reason why a great perimeter defender isnít as important as a great shooter is because todayís game is more about team defense and not individual defense. Ask any of the great coaches. Look at the Phoenix Suns, they have one of the great perimeter defenders in Raja Bell, but can he stop the whole team by himself? Nope. The most important fact on my side of the argument is the hand checking rule that is in place now. This rule enables players to swipe or rest one arm on a shooter while guarding making it much harder to stop shooters. Thatís why you need good big man help defenders. Not so much great perimeter because even they are prown to getting snubbed by the new rule, making there defensive less of a importance. Man to Man defensive was much more important 8-10 years ago, but now it isnít so much because itís been learned through so many teams that if your frontcourt defenders arenít great then you team wonít be a good defensive team. Thatís why we see so many bad defensive teams today. Because of this, so in able to have a good defensive team you have to have good defenders all around not just one superior one
If any defender on a team is important it is the low post defenders or defenders in the paint. Look at the Pistons and what they did when Ben Wallace was peaking at his prime. Defense starts from the inside. If you have poor inside defenders then whatís the since in having a good perimeter defender. The Bulls proved that last year in the playoffs
Lets not just focus on the individual part of a playerís perimeter game but rather its affect on the team. A great perimeter defender gives your big men rest and lets the others sit back while the great perimeter defender stops the great shooter. Thatís cool but back on the other side whereís the offense from this player? Is he worn out or is it that he just canít plain shoot? Probably both. Sorry to say but history shows that great perimeter players donít nearly amount as much on the offensive side as the defensive side. Bowen, Rodman, Debusschere all had a poor offensive game .They all had poor free throw shooting throw out there whole careers.
Perimeter scorers are superstars. They are the ones that team pay big bucks for not great perimeter defenders. Teams are throwing large contracts to any player that can shoot the all. Guys like Bowen, Battier and A. Griffin not so much . Even a guy like say Josh Howard will get paid more because he is a good perimeter defender but he would get more if he developed a better perimeter game rather then perimeter defense.