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Brown still is figuring it out, he's really good overall but you can see he still struggles at times against various veterans. First year as a primary rotation player though so I don't mind too much.It is Horford for me by a pretty big margin over Marcus.
Iím going with Smart over Horford, but I wonít judge anyone who reverses that order. I think Smart is a little more versatile in terms of positions heís able to at least capably guard for short times, whereas Horford can get taken advantage of on some switches. But Horfordís still a top defensive big, and if you want to argue that our league leading defense starts with him, I wonít quibble.What I find at least as interesting is that I canít figure out who #3 is. Is it Baynes or Rozier, numbers 2 and 3 in Defensive Rating for the NBA? Is it Tatum, who leads the team in Defensive Win Shares? Is it Brown, who has the length, athleticism, strength, and will to keep up with just about anyone? Is it Ojeleye, whoís been very reliable against some of the top players in the game like Giannis and LeBron? Is it Theis, who leads the team in block percentage and defensive rebound percentage? Thatís six players who could arguably be our third best defender, but would be the top defender for several teams.I know thatís traditional view is that offense wins in the playoffs, but I canít imagine many teams are looking forward to a series worth of games against this defense. It will wear them down.
Ok with some thought1. Smart2. Horford3. Brown4. Baynes5. Rozier6. Theis7. Tatum