spurs, hawks, mavs, heat, warriors, i really could go on.
"we do run a system which does consist of spacing (guys in the corners)"
talking about simplistic, that is the definition of simple. We need a system that has plays designed for each players strengths. You just said we don't have great 3 point shooters or a 2nd play maker which I'm assuming would attack iso via spacing.
Those teams mentioned above maximize their talent because their play calling within their system actually gets them shots that they want to take. We don't have the splash brothers on our squad…
and their Superstars keep their systems fluid and make plays within that system or go into god mode when needed. Harden has the skill set to succeed in any system. What we do is spread out and chuck. THAT is simplistic.
as for our defense, I mentioned in here plenty of times that JB Bickerstaff has been credited/documented with implementing some good defensive tendencies. that consists of picking up guards early in the half court and pushing them out to the sidelines. they do it all the time, so its obvious. i don't care about defensive ranking. "3rd in defense" is vague as hell. I'm talking about how what I'm watching on the TV. We weren't bad defensively as far as stats go last year and we gave up multiple 4th quarter leads in the playoffs. Looking like a college team. Also, regardless of what our ranking/rating is as a defense, we are TRASH defensively in transition. I don't need a stat to support any of that. stats can be tailored and used subjectively.