1790Re: On a lighter note...
- Feb 18, 2003<!-- RANT -->
Bruce Bowen, Michael Curry, and to a lesser extent Eric Williams
should be fascinating studies for our crowd. In fact, we should be
devoting huge amounts of attention to these guys.
Whether you're using Tendex, PER, or another system to statistically
rate players, you're going to come up with a rating for all three of
them that shows them to be absolutely horrible. Yet all three are
important players on good teams.
To me, that underscores more than anything how many miles behind we
are in the study of defense and how much work needs to be done. Folks
aren't going to take statistical ratings seriously if they don't pass
the laugh test, and if we're rating Bruce Bowen and Michael Curry as
the two worst players in the league, then we don't pass it.
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--- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, bchaikin@a... wrote:
> This is just silly. Bruce Bowen is one of the 5-10 best defensive
> the league. Easily. He has *no* offensive game to speak but being
> league elite at half the game has to exempt one from "worst player
> league" debates.
> and this is the crux of any rating system based on the numbers
> the sport, whether they be for greatness or stiffness...
> but bowen is in my opinion not among the elite at half the game. he
> what i can tell and have read and have seen accolades placed on him
> all defense) an excellent stand up defender, one of the very best
> league. but along with "half that game" of defense is steals,
> and defensive rebounding, at which bowen is not exceptional (poor
> avg to good at ST and BS). add that to his "...no offensive
game..." - christ
> he can't even hit his free throws - and what you have is a one
trick pony, an
> excellent stand up defender that is a luxury on a team that can
> i.e. a team that can make up for his deficiencies at the other
> on the spurs that's easier than on most teams, with duncan,
robinson, et al,
> but it's my belief bowen would have an incredibly tough time
> starting role on a lesser team. the only time he's played more than
> in a single season in 6 years in the league has been on riley's
> that was probably because riley already had enough ball handlers on
> squad with hardaway, eddie jones, and anthony mason and a bench of
> older possibly over-the-hill veterans so that he stressed defense
> qualities. its appears he'll get similar total minutes this season
> bob chaikin
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