Re: Asik stinks!
posted at 12/20/2013 4:17 PM EST
In response to jtkl's comment:
This is insane. People stop thinking steals and blocks are good defense. Garnett didn't block many shots. Didn't take any charges and is one of the best defenders in the history of the league. Garnett alters shots. Asik alters shots.
The rockets were TEN Points better with him on the court. One of the highest marks in the league. Those defensive numbers were also very high on the Buls. Which is why the Rockets paid so much for him.
Asik was the second best rebounder per 36 minutes in the entire NBA. His contested rebound percentage ( and advanced stat teams like toe Celtics and Rockets use) show that he had the highest rate of winning contested rebounds in the league.
Win shares another advanced stat, Asik had over an 8 last year. That is higher than Pierce of Garnett had with the Celtics.
Asik is a very good player. He isn't a franchise guy, but he is a huge upgrade over Faverani. Who is a promising young player but stop getting carried away.
Kevin Garnett had over 100 blocks a season 11 times with a career high of 178. He is 18th on the NBA's all time list and was a power forward not a center. Saying he didn't block shots is like saying Ronald McDonald didn't make cheeseburgers. He got old, he blocked fewer shots, it happens...
Win shares etc on the Celtics, who have had an evolving roster since day one are useless, when Fav was starting the Celtics were the 2nd ranked defense in the NBA.
Blocks, steals are a very usefull measuring stick in conjunction with opposing player's stats, it is a lot more telling than arbritary team stats.
Don't tell us block and steals stats mean nothing when the top 25 all time players in those catagories reads like a who's who of defensive MVP's.