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Who should win Defensive Player of the Year?

 

Who should win defensive player of the Year?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock I am sure you’re aware Sixers All Star center Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, and Superstar Anthony Davis of the Pelicans are the 3 finalists of this award. Who deserves it the most? After reading this the answer will be clear.

   Isolation Defense

Rudy Gobert: 16/48 (33%)

Joel Embiid: 27/72 (37.5%)

Anthony Davis: 29/91 (31.9%)

Comments: The Brow no shocker has played the best iso d of the 3 with his athletic gift.

Contested shots

Rudy Gobert: 15.0 (12.7 2s) (2.3 3s)

Joel Embiid: 11.5 ( 9.6 2s) (1.9 3s)

Anthony Davis: 14.2 (9.8 2s) (4.4 3s)

Comments: I wasn’t shocked Rudy averaged the most contested shots per game but I didn’t think he contested more 3pt attempts per game than Embiid.

Defensive Field Goals

Rudy Gobert: 360/762 on 2s (47%) 50/141 on 3s (35.5%)

Joel Embiid: 315/725 on 2s(43.4%) 45/156 on 3s (28.8%)

Anthony Davis: 366/848 on 2s (43.2%) 120/371 on 3s (32.3%)

Comments: Not surprisingly it’s very close between Joel and the Brow considering those two can shoot the 3 ball.

Defensive Rating

Rudy Gobert: 97.7

Joel Embiid: 99.7

Anthony Davis: 103.4

On and off court defensive rating

NO WITH AD on court: 103.4

NO with AD on bench: 110.2

Utah with Rudy on court: 97.7

Utah with Rudy on bench: 99.9

PHI with Joel on court: 99.7

PHI with Joel on bench: 104.0

Comments: As you can see from the provided unbiased information, Davis and Embiid have a bigger impact defensively when they’re not playing which makes sense since Utah is that good defensively. Still I gotta give AD the edge barely over Embiid.

Defending the rim

Rudy Gobert: 197/357= 55.2%

Anthony Davis: 232/428 54.3%

Joel Embiid: 187/357= 52.4%

Comments: I was a bit shocked on Gobert but clearly Joel gets wins this category.

Defending the pick and roll

Rudy Gobert: 42/88 = 47.7%

Anthony Davis: 33/94 = 35.1%

Joel Embiid: 18/52 = 34.6%

Comments: It’s close between Joel and AD but because Davis contested more, I got to give him the edge.

Conclusion

Although Anthony Davis won’t win MVP, he will surely win Defensive Player of the Year.

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James Harden or Russell Westbrook?

James Harden or Russell Westbrook?

Note: Since certain stats weren’t around 5 yrs ago, I will compare the two based off the last 3 seasons.  Ever since the 2016-2017 NBA MVP race, the NBA community has been debating who the superior player was, both have great cases so it isn’t as easy to pick one as some may think it is.

OFFENSE

Scoring Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 25.4 ppg

9.5/21.1 = 44.9%

1.2/4.1 on 3s = 29.8%

5.3/7.1 on FTs = 73.7%

30.4 ppg

9/20.1 = 44.9%

3.7/ 10 on 3s = 37%

8.7/10 on FTs

2016-2017 31.6 ppg

10.2/24 = 42.5%

2.5/7.2 = 34.3%

8.8/10.4 = 84.5 %

29.1 ppg

8.3/18.9 = 44%

3.2/9.3 on 3s = 34.7%

9.2/10.9 on FTs

2015-2016 23.5 ppg

8.2/18.1 = 45.4%

1.3/ 4.3 = 29.6%

5.8/7.2 = 81.2%

29.0 ppg

8.7/19.7 = 43.9%

2.9/8.0 on 3s = 35.9%

8.8/10.2 on FTs = 86%

 

Midrange Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 211/530 = 39.8% 50/128 = 39.1%
2016-2017 216/595 = 36.3% 65/158 = 41.1%
2015-2016 144/336 = 42.9% 128/316 = 40.5%

 

Restricted Area Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 395/667 = 59.2% 281/450 = 62.4%
2016-2017 341/596 = 57.2% 275/420 = 65.5%
2015-2016 334/577 = 57.9% 277/456 = 60.7%

 

Catch and shoot Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 34/95 = 35.8%

26/76 on 3s = 34.2%

45/123 = 36.6%

44/120 on 3s = 36.7%

2016-2017 66/184 = 35.9%

54/155 on 3s = 34.8%

80/202 = 39.6%

77/195 on 3s = 39.5%

2015-2016 36/108 = 33.3%

32/96 on 3s = 33.3%

106/262 = 40.5%

104/251 on 3s = 41.4%

 

Pull up Jumpers Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 284/781 = 35.9%

63/225 on 3s = 28%

282/704 = 40.1%

213/549 on 3s = 38.8%

2016-2017 378/1006 = 37.6%

139/401 on 3s = 34.7%

269/740 = 36.4%

181/536 on 3s = 33.8%

2015-2016 243/643 = 37.8%

67/235 on 3s = 28.5%

281/731 = 38.4%

126/378 on 3s = 33.3%

 

Off Screen Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 25 points

9/20

45% FG

39 points

10/16

62.5% FG

2016-2017 50 points

18/39

46.2% FG

46 points

16/46

34.8% FG

2015-2016 21 points

9/18

50% FG

83 points

25/68

36.8% FG

 

Isolation Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 122/335 = 36.4%

7.5% tov frequency

38.8% score frequency

251/567 = 44.3%

4.7% tov frequency

51% score frequency

2016-2017 172/443 = 38.8%

6.0 TOV Frequency

41.5% score frequency

157/421 = 37.3=

10.3 tov frequency

41.1% score frequency

2015-2016 73/206 = 35.4%

11.8% tov frequency

35.4% score frequency

159/430 = 37%

10.2% tov frequency

41.5% score frequency

Thoughts: James Harden is the better scorer, he has that deadly step back, better shooter all around, he’s even better at finishing around the rim, Russ does have the edge in midrange Js and off screen points, but that’s it. Russ may score more points in a big game, but not efficiently.

Iso DEFENSE Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 46 points

15/45 = 33.3%

10.3% tov frequency

36.2% score frequency

91 points

35/96 = 36.5%

7.9% tov frequency

38.6% score frequency

2016-2017 51 points

20/47 = 42.6%

12.3% tov frequency

38.6% score frequency

86 points

25/67 = 37%

8.7% tov frequency

44.6% score frequency

2015-2016 49 points

20/51 = 39.2%

10% tov frequency

38.3% score frequency

78 points

28/87 = 32.2%

8.4% tov frequency

36.4% score frequency

 

Defensive efforts Russell Westbrook
2017-2018 265 deflections

174 loose balls recovered

281 contested shots

146 stls

104.4 DRTG

206 deflections

98 loose balls recovered

542 contested shots

126 steals

104.7 DRTG

2016-2017 231 deflections

113 loose balls recovered

296 contested shots

132 stls

104.6 DRTG

237 deflections

93 loose balls recovered

666 contested shots

121 steals

107.3 DRTG

Thoughts: Both get criticized for their lack of defense but when needed to get a key defensive stop, both are very capable of doing so. Russ is the better 1 on 1 defender, Harden does contest more shots but when Westbrook does hustle more on defense, it’s kinda close but I give Russ the edge.

 

Playmaking Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 10.3 apg

2.15 ast/tov ratio

33.2% usage rate

81 secondary assists

1586 potential asts

7492 touches

8.8 apg

2 ast/tov ratio

36.1% usage rate

56 secondary assists

1177 potential asts

6007 touches

2016-2017 10.4 apg

1.92 ast/tov ratio

40.8% usage rate

67 secondary assists

1810 potential asts

7679 touches

11.2 apg

1.95 ast/tov ratio

34.1% usage rate

66 secondary assists

1810 potential asts

7782 touches

2015-2016 10.4 apg

2.44 ast/tov ratio

31.3% usage rate

58 secondary assists

1561 potential asts

6927 touches

7.5 apg

1.64 ast/tov ratio

32.5% usage rate

58 secondary assists

1216 potential asts

6898 touches

Thoughts: Sure Westbrook is a point guard so he should be a better playmaker, however Harden basically has been one since 2013, both turn it over a lot but make it up with countless asts. It’s safe to say that as far as the numbers go and eye test, Westbrook is the better floor general. Sure Harden knows how to slow it down better, and is better at finding the open man, but Harden has better teammates shooting wise, in other words he has more snipers that are great at catch and shoot compared to some of Westbrook’s teammates.

Rebounding Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 10.1rpg

162 contested rebs

546 uncontested rebs

5.4 rpg

63 contested rebs

325   uncontested rebs

2016-2017 10.6 rpg

679 uncontested rebs

180 contested rebounds

8.1 rpg

500 uncontested rebs

154 contested rebounds

2015-2016 7.8 rpg

473 uncontested rebs

151 contested rebs

 

6.2 rpg

388 uncontested rebs

117 contested rebounds

Thoughts: Clearly Westbrook is the better rebounder even with a height disadvantage, both tend to stand there to get the reb and not defend their man, but that is because their team is better on the fastbreak when russ gets the reb as well as James. Once again Russ gets the edge.

Crunch time (last 2 mins game within 5) Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 94 points

34/83 = 41%

28 rebs

6 tovs

12 asts

50 points

13/37 = 35%

6 rebs

5 tovs

3 asts

2016-2017 136 points

42/101% 41%

25 rebs

8 asts

7 tovs

63 points

11/42 = 26%

17 rebs

10 asts

8 tovs

 

2015-2016 66 points

12/46 = 26%

22 rebs

13 asts

10 tovs

83 points

17/56

28 rebs 30%

20 asts

8 tovs

 

Thoughts: Clearly Westbrook is the better better in crunch time, outside 2016, Russ the past few years has been more efficient in big time moments. Even with a cold hand I trust Russ to take over a game than Harden eh2ose a deadly scorer……up until crunch time, no disrespect to James but he’s no closer, no shocker that Russ gets the edge.

Head to head stats Russell Westbrook James Harden
2017-2018 87 points

37/79 = 47%

17 rebs

28 asts

14 tovs

78 points

22/47 = 47%

17 rebs

34 asts

16 tovs

2016-2017 145 points

46/103 = 45%

36 rebs

37 asts

24 tovs

82 points

24/70 = 34%

29 rebs

49 asts

25 tovs

2015-2016 95 points

34/70 = 48%

43 rebs

49 asts

27 tovs

135 points

39/90 = 43%

23 rebs

35 asts

15 tovs

Thoughts: Sure HOU has beaten OKC more times (by 2) but that is a team stat and we’re looking at individual statistics something Russ has been superior at. Outscoring on a higher percentage and out rebounding James was no shocker as he is the better all around player.

Head to head playoffs Russell Westbrook James Harden
2016-2017 187   points (37.4ppg)

59/152 = 39%

58 rebs (11.6 rpg)

54 asts (10.8 apg)

30 tovs (6)

166 points (33.2ppg)

44/107= 41%

32 rebs (6.4 rpg)

35 asts (7 apg)

28 tovs (5.6)

Thoughts: Despite Harden having way more help, Russ who as you can see averaged a TRIPLE DUB which kept OKC close and 4/5 games were decided by single digits even though HOU was more stacked. Russ who was forced to chuck with limited help clear as day outplayed the MVP runner up all around.

Conclusion

Take it how you see it, numbers clearly point to Westbrook as he got the edge is just about every category, but if you think Harden is still the better player that’s fine.

Leave A Comment Who Do You Think Is Better??

Best Conference Finals performances since 1984

Best Conference Finals performances since 1984

Note: As of May 12th

  1.    With the series split at 2 apiece against the 93 Sonics, Charles Barkley had a monster triple double of 43 15 and 10 on 16/22 shooting in 47 minutes. W
  2. Down 3-2 with Game 6 at Boston, the Miami Heat needed LeBron to have a perfect game, and he did just that. Scoring 45 points very efficiently, out rebounding KG and Pierce 15-12 and dished out 5 asts, the Heat were able to survive and force a Game 7. W
  3. With 1 win away from reaching the NBA Finals back to back, Hakeem Olajuwon not only locked up David Robinson, but had a great all around game of 39 points, collected 17 rebs, 3 asts and 5 blocks while shooting 64%. W
  4. Looking to steal Game 3 on the road, the 2003 NBA MVP Tim Duncan not only had 34 points, 24 rebounds, and 6 asts, but he also had 6 blocks as well. W
  5. With limited help offensively, LeBron James in Game 5 against the 07 Pistons took over and at one point scored 25 of the team’s last 29 points. He was super clutch and finished with 48 points, 9 rebs and 7 asts. W
  6. In Game 7 of the 93 Western Conference Finals against the Sonics, Charles Barkley was on another level of greatness, scoring 44 points, gobbled 24 rebs and shot 60% was enough to get the win. W
  7. With Game 1 at Cleveland against Dwight’s Orlando Magic, LeBron James carried the team by dropping 49 points, grabbed rebounds, dished out 8 asts but still took the 1 point loss. L
  8. Although he’s not known for scoring, Rajon Rondo in Game 2 of the 2012 ECF dropped a playoff career high in pts, grabbed 8 rebs and still assisted on 10 shots, not to mention he shot 16/24 shooting. L
  9. Looking to tie the series at two apiece, Russell Westbrook erupted against the Spurs in 2014. Scoring 40 points on 50% shooting, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 10 asts AND stole the ball 5x. W
  10. With Game 2 at Oracle Arena, the 2015 NBA MVP runner up James Harden was fantastic all around scoring 38 points, collected 10 rebs and still assisted on 9 shots. L

Honorable mention; Dirk’s 48 points on 12/15 shooting 2011 WCF.

Who did we leave out??

Oh Damn! You Got Me Again! NBA! Good One!

Oh Damn! You Got Me Again! NBA! Good One!

So here we are 1st round of the NBA playoffs.  So may surprises Anthony Davis and the Disappearance of Damian Lillard; The Kyrie-less Boston Celtics; Raptors of Drake Shouts of Doubt; The Jazz Feeling the Music; Washington’s Big Decision; Trust The Process; The Westbrook Conspiracy – Numbers Don’t Translate to Wins; The All Or Nothing Team – The Rockets: LeBron The Ageless King and his minions.  How Did We Not See What The Warriors were building?

Anthony Davis and the Disappearance of Damian Lillard – Perhaps last year Lillard didn’t disappear but the result for the Blazers was the same one.  Such a promising team but still out in the 1st round.

The Kyrie-less Boston Celtics – Remember last year it was the IT-Less Boston Celtics barely getting by the Chicago Bulls.  If the Celtics can get pass the

The Re-Rise of Derrick Rose – Derrick Rose makes another comeback and shows that he can compete in the playoffs.  Congrats Rose.  But really is a metaphor for players who are pass their prime but make enough noise in the playoffs so they can make a case for playing another year.  Reference Vintage Rondo, Father Time (Dwayne Wade).

Raptors of Drake Shouts of Doubt – Every year in the 1st round the Raptors make us doubt that they can beat Lebron in the playoffs.  Yes King James is the King of East and Lance Stephenson is court jester.  This years they are letting John Wall go toe-toe with them, that shouldn’t be happening.

Jazz Feeling the Music: The Jazz are a fun team to watch.  Donovan Mitchell should send thank you letters to Gordon Hayward.  Not just for leaving but also for being a lesson learned by the Utah Jazz to not be afraid to be embrace their future stars.  Mitchell was giving the key to the city like Hayward had it last year.  Snyder and the Jazz are learning from their mistakes and now here they are again knocking at the 2nd round doors.

Washington’s Big Decision: If the Wizards couldn’t attract home towner Kevin Durant they should stop trying to bring anybody else.  Do players really want to play with Bradley Beal and John Wall? Or should we be asking if they want to play with Beal OR Wall?

Trust the Process: the 76ers are probably the hottest team in the league right now.  How much can we trust the process? Embiid is what every coach dreams in a center.  Trusting the Process is Westbrook 1st time ever triple double averaging players, that’s this year’s new story.

The Westbrook Conspiracy – Numbers Don’t Translate to Wins: Russell Westbrook accomplishes another Triple Double season.  What seem impossible Westbrook has made it into another chapter in his books of fun facts.  But they haven’t translate into real wins, championships that is.  At this point in time his ceiling could be LeBron James’ stats without the rings.

The All or Nothing Team: The Rockets have all their chips on the table.  This team knows that the only real goal is winning a championship and nothing else matters.  Mike D’Antoni’s offense, Chris Paul new role, James Harden Dominance, Eric Gordon highlight dunks, The Rise of Capela will all go worthless without a championship to show it.

LeBron the Ageless King and his minions: LeBron James has played enough basketball to be the hero that is becoming the villain.  The Ageless King has nice ring to it.  As much hope as Indy has put into people’s mind, Cleveland is winning the series.  LeBron has proven to own the Toronto Raptors.  Lastly, the 76ers or better yet the home of Ben Simmons aka The Next Of Kin, won’t make it past LeBron.

How Did We Not See What the Warriors were building? Its 3 Am in the morning you are playing “MyCareer” on NBA 2K as you are down by 20 by the Golden State Warriors.  Kevin Durant has just hit back to back to back 3 pointers.  Carry keeps pulling up from anywhere.  Somehow Draymond Green is 4/4 on corner 3 not including a bank shot.  And even in the game you see rare drives by Klay Thompson.  How did we not see this coming? And how did we let it happen?

Each 2018 NBA All Star defender

Each 2018 NBA All Star defender

Written by Kevin Bartolotto.  April 27th, 2018.

Ever wondered who was the best Embiid defender or LeBron defender? Or maybe you even wondered who defended Russell Westbrook the best. Well, now you will know. (Note: minimum of 15 shots defended).

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  • Guards
    • Demar- Ingles 5/23, 0/2 on 3s
    • Beal – Crabbe 4/26, 1/5 on 3s
    • Dipo – Avery 6/21, 3/9 on 3s
    • Kyrie – Avery 4/18, 2/8 on 3s
    • Walker – Covington 4/17, 2/10 on 3s
    • GOATran – Bledsoe 6/22, 3/10 on 3s
    • Lowry- Schroeder 6/24, 3/18 on 3s
    • Klay- KCP 4/18, 3/13 on 3s
    • Russ- Danny 5/20, 0/5 on 3s
    • Curry- Rondo 4/15, 1/7 on 3s
    • Dame- Thornwell (who?) 4/15, 2/8 on 3s
    • Harden- Smart 2/17, 1/11 on 3s

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers

  • Forwards
    • PG13- J.rich 3/15
    • KD – James Johnson 5/16  3/10 on 3s
    • Giannis – James Johnson 6/18 2/3 on 3s
    • Lance – Thomas 5/15  0/0 on 3s
    • Anthony – Tolliver 5/15  0/1 on 3s
    • Bron – Pascal Siakam 4/16 1/5 on 3s
    • Jimmy – Demarre Carrol 5/16  0/3 on 3s
    • AD – Marvin Williams 6/16  1/3 on 3s
    • Love – Horford 4/16  1/5 on 3s
    • Porzingis – Horford 5/22  0/3 on 3s
    • Dray – Davis  5/13 1/6 on 3s
    • Aldridge – T.Young 8/23  0/2 on 3s

San Antonio Spurs v Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Centers
    • KAT – Randle 7/18  2/4 on 3s
    • Horford – Ollynk 2/12  0/2 on 3s
    • Embiid – Jahil 3/16 0/5 on 3s
    • Drummond – Dwight  8/22
    • Boogie – M. Gasol 6/20  3/8 on 3s

What are your thoughts on the Stats?