Originally Posted by awwsome
These past two seasons he's been a negative individually. I'm not attributing Memphis defensive prowess to him, it's more scheme, Tony Allen and Marc.
Lee has been a better defender than Conley for 2 years now.
Last year, he was in the bottom 20th percentile defending against pick and roll, Kyrie was 60th.
He was also lower in ISO situations than Kyrie.
& Yes most basketball pundits are full of **** and just repeat narratives even after they lose weight.
And this probably has a lot to do with it...
It's no secret that Mike Conley's been hurting for a while now. Conley's had a number of injuries, starting with a foot sprain in early January, which led to a sequence where he injured both ankles in back to back games on Jan. 13 and 14.
There is a reason why Conley was coming off his best season in the NBA in 2013-14 and started 2014-15 off with career numbers until his body fell apart after the calendar year changed. Now, if you want to go look at when Conley was healthy about a year and a half ago, he was #1 in isolation defense giving up 0.66 PPP min 100 possessions. Avery Bradley and Westbrook trailed him.
I don't think Conley just automatically became an average defender over night and that Kyrie is just as good as him (or better from what you're trying to tell me). When healthy, Kyrie is not touching Mike defensively.Edited by bhzmafia14 - 9/23/15 at 11:00am