Originally Posted by Qwyjibo
Kapono at the 2 means some of the worst defense you'll see in the NBA. He's not quick enough to prevent dribble penetration from any average or better 2-guard in the NBA. He'll either get into foul trouble quickly or give up easy score after easy score.
Kapono is an SF who shouldn't be playing any more than 15 minutes per game unless you have a really good presence in the paint. And the Raptors don't have that.
IMO, you comment about "worst defense you'll see in the NBA" is debatable..
"JK currently has a stop percentage of .524 _ which means 52.4% of the individual defensive possessions he's faced with, he provides a defensive stop. His defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) is 97.7, and the team's is 95.9. So he's barely above the team average in this case, and since 8.8 points per 100 possessions better than the league average of last year." --> some comments I stole from another site...
I am not trying to say that Kapono is a good defender, but judging from 2007/2008 year, he has not been a liability (don't remember seeing him skooled, or don't get back on D, or does not rotate during double teams)
And again, my initial point was IF we get a good defender like Pietrus at SF (more defensive than offensive minded), I would START Kapono at SG over AP (not playing JK the entire game).. for the sake of balance