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, "Michael Tamada" <tamada@o...>
> But your stats suggest that the Sonics' defense is the same as
> before, which isn't great but at least it didn't get worse when
> Payton left. Whereas their defensive reputations suggest that that
> is where the Sonics would've been hurt by GP's departure.
It's just further evidence, in my opinion, that the defensive reps
for both players are misstated. While I've never heard a scout say
it, people like JohnH and DeanO have questioned Payton's rep for a
long time and I've agreed (though I did disagree with Dean about him
being at the same level of Barry).
Allen is obviously not anywhere close to being the worst defender in
the league, as Karl once called him in Milwaukee. He's not a plus as
a defender, but he's not really going to hurt you either.
A few things keep the Payton-Allen comparison from really being fair:
1. Kevin Ollie is probably the best defender against quick point
guards the Sonics have had all season.
2. Brent Barry is still affected by tendinitis, but healthier than he
had been, which has improved his play at both ends of the court.
(Offensively, I see him as being right back at his stellar 01-02
level since the trade.)
3. Most importantly, Jerome James has been playing more minutes (at
least I think so) since the trade, at the expense of Predrag
Drobnjak, who is an awful defender. James makes a lot of mistakes,
but he's also done a fine job of cleaning up messes created out on
If anybody's interested, I have full individual/team stats pre- and
post-trade I could post over the weekend. Of course, if they lose
this game to Chicago because of McMillan's refusal to use James or
Evans down the stretch and go down against Minnesota, nobody will
really care, right?