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Kevin Garnett isn't getting any younger, and will not only need to further reduce his minutes this upcoming season but likely sit out the second game of back-to-backs. How will you adjust to this?
Many considered Jamal Crawford to be the true Sixth Man of the Year last year for the Clippers. How will you ensure that he gets enough minutes to be effective?
Gerald Wallace has seen a severe decline in offensive efficiency these last few years. Are you at all worried about him being a major bench player on your team?
It seems you have the pieces to create a formidable defensive lineup with Lawson, Allen, Wallace, Horford, and Garnett. However, the floor spacing here could be quite poor. Do you agree?
Can you comment on your coaching selection, or was Lionel Hollins chosen somewhat at random?
I see Lebron having a big series.
Quote from: KCattheStripe on September 12, 2013, 12:40:49 AMI see Lebron having a big series.Does Minnesota win it, though?
PF: Kevin Garnett = Serge Ibaka
Quote PF: Kevin Garnett = Serge IbakaNah. KG still trumps Ibaka. As has been noted previously, Ibaka is a poor man-to-man defender. He doesn't help a defense in nearly the same way that KG does.Statistically, KG is better offensively (I'd buy that), he's certainly a better passer, and he's dominated Ibaka head to head.I definitely don't rate this one as even.
Serge Ibaka+ Athletic, long-armed, shot-blocking ace still learning fundamentals.+ Overrated defender who struggles against floor-spacers. Good rebounder.+ Very good midrange shooter. No post game and poor offensive instincts.AnalysisThere's a lot more to defense than blocking shots, people. Ibaka finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting based on his phenomenal shot-blocking total, but the Finals really underscored how far he has to go to be an elite defender overall. Ibaka's shot-blocking skill is second to none -- his 5.38 blocks per 40 minutes led the league comfortably (see chart) -- but he still struggles mightily against face-up 4s and in the finer elements of help defense.Overall, then, he was merely decent defensively. The Thunder were better with him on the court but not dramatically so (2.8 points per 100 possessions), while Synergy Stats rated him in the middle of the pack. The Thunder didn't act like he was a vital defensive cog, either, often opting to keep Kendrick Perkins or Nick Collison on the court instead of him.
Quote from: Roy H. on September 12, 2013, 08:03:18 AMQuote PF: Kevin Garnett = Serge IbakaNah. KG still trumps Ibaka. As has been noted previously, Ibaka is a poor man-to-man defender. He doesn't help a defense in nearly the same way that KG does.Statistically, KG is better offensively (I'd buy that), he's certainly a better passer, and he's dominated Ibaka head to head.I definitely don't rate this one as even.I think KG's defense has been declining and will drop-off considerably more once he transitions back to PF. So as defenders, I think they are comparable. I would actually give Ibaka the edge at PF (but KG at C). I give KG a small edge on offense due to his passing ability (Ibaka limited passer, KG a great passer). However, as scorers + jump-shooters, I think they are even. And, I don't think KG can score in the post consistently against Ibaka which is KG's only possible shot-creation advantage over a player like Ibaka. As possession creators, I think Ibaka forces far more turnovers and can rebound outside his area which KG can no longer do (increasingly important when rebounding as a PF vs C when you have to cover more ground to rebounds). Advantage Ibaka.