- --- In APBR_analysis@y..., "alleyoop2" <alleyoop2@y...> wrote:
> Thanks for all the replies on Payton everyone. I thought Eric Snowteam
> got hosed and just wanted to get a feel for others' reaction.
> Regarding Bowen, I have to partially disagree with what's been said
> so far. By my rankings, San Antonio was the top-ranked defensive
> this year; one can point that they were last year too, BUT, theirwin-
> loss and defensive marks this season are both far better with Bowenof
> in the lineup, despite the fact that the guy who replaced him
> (Charles Smith) isn't a bad defender either. Overall, the addition
> Bowen made up for the loss of Derek Anderson and the decline byDavid
> Robinson (though wildly overstated by the media, IMHO hisperformance
> did drop this year).I think this is a good partial disagreement. No doubt that Bowen
does help the defense, but not as much as the big kahunas in the
middle. I am definitely not saying that Bowen is a bad defender or
even an average one. I am just pointing out that he, unlike Duncan
Robinson Olajuwon Mutombo Shaq, cannot on his own make a good defense.
> Beyond Bowen, last year I had the league's No. 2 defense asPhoenix;
> this year I had the No. 2 defense as New Jersey. Neither team hadan
> imposing center, but both had Jason Kidd. Overall, I don't think weThis is interestingly true. Kidd is both a good man and a good team
> should carry the hypothesis too far about big men's defensive value.
defender, something that can be said of big men, too. What is
amazing, though, is how Kidd, unlike other little guys who do both,
has been able to carry it over to a few teams to the degree he has.
I would expect any team with Bowen, Christie, Vranes to be better
defensive teams. But history says otherwise. Is there a team that
Kidd couldn't make good defensively? Yeah, probably. But I think
there are fewer of them than for the (almost) pure man defenders.