Originally Posted by Osh Kosh Bosh
not really. (also Hibbert started playing poorly when early in the year he was incredible)
Putting Tony Allen on island, effects mainly one player, Kevin Durant, and his impact is even more felt with Scott Drew's non offence. but a great interior defender effects not only his man but everyone who comes into the paint, including those great permiter player and it difficult to scheme against involving a great defensive big man.
The way the rules are constructed there is a limit to how much a effect one guy on the wing can have.
The eye test confirms this, the numbers confirm this, you look at adjusted plus minus, (the bes defensive measurement imo) 90% of the top 40 are bigs, hard to ignore.
I disagree. You see, in the NBA other than making a wings job harder, funneling and shading are a huge part of being a good perimeter defender. They are also the initial point of contact, so being able to contain your man, and fight through screens and rotate effectively is largely important.
The thing about rim protectors is they are the last point of defense. While a huge part of there job is to communicate, we lately have tended to slighlty overvalue bigs who just protect the rim.
The work starts out top, and if you can contain and funnel it correctly on the perimeter, it makes the defensive anchors job that much more easier.
The true great defensive anchors are guys like dwight howard who can cover mistakes from there perimeter with freakish athleticism and instincts.