"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
With Corbin, it works, why wouldn't he?
Corbin is the vets b****. Every once in a while he forgets his place so they have to remind him.
per synergy, on all plays where al is the primary defender, the jazz give up 92 points per 100 possessions. when it's paul or derrick, that number falls to 83. kanter is at 77. sap is far better defending the roll man on the PnR, isos AND spot-up shots (where al is truly awful, allowing 123 pts for every 100 spot-ups by his man). the only frequent defensive play where al is empirically defending well is post-ups, where all 4 jazz bigs are between 79 and 85 pp100, with al leading the way and paul right behind him at 81.
unfortunately, synergy doesn't keep numbers on help defense because they can't possibly automate a system that takes into account 30 teams' defensive philosophies on who should rotate when and assess the possession -- but just from watching the sheer number of times al sees a guy coming down the lane and moves to the side, i can tell you it's pretty bad, too.
if one guy produced offensively at a level that is at or below the team average on a per-possession basis and another 5 guys produce at a HIGHER level, why wouldn't you want to reallocate some possessions? if you have a stock portfolio where a bunch of your money is following a stock that is middling along, and then you have smaller amounts in a bunch of stocks that are giving you a really good return... why wouldn't you move your money around? your answer seems to be (correct me if i'm wrong, i'm not trying to strawman you here) because we don't KNOW that the returns will stay the same after we shift around the possession investment. but i'd rather lose trying something different rather than lose the same damn way over and over again and never alter the script. when you're team is below .500 and in a month-long offensive funk, i think it's perfectly ok to see if other people's games will hold up to an increase in volume.
(and fwiw, it's not like paul's sample size is statistically insignificant. we can say with a pretty decent amount of mathematical surety that a paul possession is going to produce better results than an al possession.)
and anyways, i'm not proposing taking al's 20-25 attempts and giving them all to one guy (paul or anyone else). my vision for the jazz offense is one where no guy is shooting 20 shots, but the movement and team play is so strong that everybody is a thread on every play. that's when the jazz play their best basketball anyway (see: last night), but that doesn't happen when we're built around al. the ball sticks to one of the floor and only 2-3 guys are involved in the play, which is extremely easy to guard and thus extremely inefficient. very few FTAs, very few plays at the rim, very unfun to watch.
Odd stat against Minnesota: Millsap had ZERO rebounds.
Isaiah 1:18 -- Come now, and let us reason together
Any habitual action, such as eating or dressing, may be performed on the appropriate occasion, without any need of thought, and the same seems to be true of a painfully large proportion of our talk. -- Bertrand Russell
and again, that's the favor/kanter part of the argument. the paul part of the argument is even sillier because paul actually has a sample size that tells us he'd have no problem maintaining his efficiency if al's possessions were spread out proportionately across the rest of the team.
paul is as good a player as al on offense and better on defense. there's no argument to the contrary that can't be debunked with, ya know, evidence. paul's used possessions produce .96 points, al's produce .95 -- and they use virtually the same number of possessions per 36 minutes (al uses 19.4, paul uses 17.8). so tell me again how it's a "rule" is that if paul had an extra possession and a half per game his efficiency would tumble.
might also be worth mentioning that after last night, al is now a full 10 pp100 worse than paul on defense as the primary defender. the difference is mostly due to the fact that al is less effective guarding isos (gives up 96 compared to paul's 64), spot-up shooters (118 to 98) and the roll man (73 to 58). they defend the post essentially the same (79 to 78).
al remains 9 points worse per 100 primary defensive possessions than favors (82 pp100 overall) and 13 points worse than kanter (78). and again, that's just primary defense, doesn't account for blowing a rotation or not helping when someone else's primary assignment drives into the lane.
but i'm fine doing it your way, too. let me know when you have ty scheduled and i'll get the day off work and come join you two in the video room at ZBBC.
Zero rebounds for a man that lead NCAA Division 1 three years in a row for rebounds.