1) The Spurs are now 29th in the NBA in defensive efficiency (DRTG). This is remarkable because, under Popovich, the Spurs have been an elite defensive team, typically top 3 in the NBA, and never below 11th for the season.
2) Not surprisingly, the issue hasn't been Popovich's system, but rather player execution. The struggles were predictable given the roster changes in the offseason and Dejounte Murray's injury.
3) A couple years ago, I created Perimeter Defense Ratings (PDR), which are based largely on players demonstrating the kind of activity typical of good perimeter defenders (deflections, contesting shots, etc).
4) According to PDR, the Spurs had several excellent perimeter defenders last season in Murray, Anderson and Green. So far this season, those minutes have gone to players that rated very poorly as perimeter defenders last season.
5) I don't expect the Spurs to finish the season 29th in the NBA in DRTG. There have been breakdowns in communication on the defensive end that I'd expect to occur less frequently as the season progresses.
6) And it's hard to imagine Popovich won't have an influence on the defensive performance of the new additions and some of the younger returnees. But, this is not the elite Spurs defense that we've come to expect.
[ 此帖被catalpapril在2018-12-07 02:48修改 ]