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Old 01-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Which Position Plays the Least Defense?

PG, SG, SF, PF, C

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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PG. It's just too tough to stay in front of those guys.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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A pg that pressures the ball full-court is actually working harder than anyone. There is no position that plays the least defense, it's always about the individual player.
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Probably PF because the best PFs are the ones that don't play defense. (E.g. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Amare Stoudemire, etc.)
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
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A pg that pressures the ball full-court is actually working harder than anyone. There is no position that plays the least defense, it's always about the individual player.

I was going to say "SF" but that came to mind.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:24 PM   #9
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Probably PF because the best PFs are the ones that don't play defense. (E.g. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Amare Stoudemire, etc.)
Rodman, KG, Tim Duncan...this thread is based on a faulty premise.
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Rodman, KG, Tim Duncan...this thread is based on a faulty premise.
I thought we were talking about now. Well then the answer is PG because they have the least impact when it comes to defense.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:43 PM   #11
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I thought we were talking about now. Well then the answer is PG because they have the least impact when it comes to defense.
Back when the Cs were actually a good team Rondo would routinely force the opposing team to burn 10 seconds before the ball got inside of the three-point line. Reducing the amount of time the opposition had to run their play made opposing offenses rush their decision making which in turn contributed to turnovers and bad shots. That, along with good man defense and rotating correctly to protect teammates that help them when they get picked off/beat off the dribble are all ways that point guards can make important contributions to the D. Gary Payton was such a great defender that he won DPoY. Now I will admit that the greatest defenders are normally shotblockers but a point guard absolutely cannot be a lazy defender as teams can't afford to have opposing pgs attacking the basket for lay-ups and assists all game long.

The question is not "which position has the best defenders," which would still be more about individuals than the position, it's "which position plays the least defense." There isn't a position without defensive responsibility. Furthermore, if you're playing Chi the most important defender is going to be your pg while if you face Miami it's your SF. This is just the wrong way to view defense.
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Back when the Cs were actually a good team Rondo would routinely force the opposing team to burn 10 seconds before the ball got inside of the three-point line. Reducing the amount of time the opposition had to run their play made opposing offenses rush their decision making which in turn contributed to turnovers and bad shots. That, along with good man defense and rotating correctly to protect teammates that help them when they get picked off/beat off the dribble are all ways that point guards can make important contributions to the D. Gary Payton was such a great defender that he won DPoY. Now I will admit that the greatest defenders are normally shotblockers but a point guard absolutely cannot be a lazy defender as teams can't afford to have opposing pgs attacking the basket for lay-ups and assists all game long.

The question is not "which position has the best defenders," which would still be more about individuals than the position, it's "which position plays the least defense." There isn't a position without defensive responsibility. Furthermore, if you're playing Chi the most important defender is going to be your pg while if you face Miami it's your SF. This is just the wrong way to view defense.
Yeah, the answer is still PG.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:53 PM   #15
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Back when the Cs were actually a good team Rondo would routinely force the opposing team to burn 10 seconds before the ball got inside of the three-point line. Reducing the amount of time the opposition had to run their play made opposing offenses rush their decision making which in turn contributed to turnovers and bad shots. That, along with good man defense and rotating correctly to protect teammates that help them when they get picked off/beat off the dribble are all ways that point guards can make important contributions to the D. Gary Payton was such a great defender that he won DPoY. Now I will admit that the greatest defenders are normally shotblockers but a point guard absolutely cannot be a lazy defender as teams can't afford to have opposing pgs attacking the basket for lay-ups and assists all game long.

Back when the Celtics were actually a good team, Kevin Garnett was still an all-star player. Kevin Garnett was the anchor to that defense, not Rondo. The Celtics would have been slightly worse without Rondo on defense while the Celtics would have been much worse defensively without Garnett. Weren't their stats in the '08-'09 season when KG went out for the season prove that? I am pretty sure I read somewhere about how the Celtics were terrible defensively when Garnett went out.

The PG position has the least impact. Who cares if you can send some pressure to the opposing team's PG/ball-handler? Everything starts and ends with the paint. There is a reason why the greatest defenders of all-times are usually Centers. How many PGs can you think of can block shots? Can anchor a defense? Can anchor the paint? I am pretty sure the answer is none, at most it would be one or two, those two being Gary Payton and maybe Chris Paul.

There is a reason why most people praise Nash so highly now a days.
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