Originally Posted by tpols
That's not true at all...finding true clutch offensive talent is the highest premium in this sport. ANY body can play defense if they want. We see that with guys like Matthew dellavdova..its just effort and discipline. Every skill in basketball can be replaced with effort EXCEPT putting the ball in the hole in adverse situations. THAT is where true talent shines and if they have the all around stuff on top of that its just a cherry.
I said "truly good defensive players". Delly is a scrub and his defense isn't even that good.
Originally Posted by DMAVS41
So you think a guy like Ben Wallace then is clear cut better than Steve Nash, for example?
Prime Wallace might just be the greatest defensive player ever and was the key cog to a championship team.
Just look at the 03-04 season when they won the championship:
First round: Milwaukee (106.5 ORTG 4th in league) - 95.8 ORTG
Second round: Nets (100.8 ORTG 25th in league) - 93.5 ORTG
Third round: Pacers (103.8 ORTG 9th in league) - 87.8 ORTG
Finals: Lakers (105.5 ORTG 6th in league) - 96.1 ORTG
I'm not talking about run of the mill defenders, I'm talking about truly elite. They are very rare which is why they are so sought after. It's much easier to find offensive talent than it is defensive talent.
Utah isn't even a playoff team last year if they didn't have Gobert.
Who do you think is more impactful?