Yor really got the point. Lauri is very exceptional NBA-star. Real team player, I mean Team Player and so unselfish. That makes him so good. He cares about his team and teammates. He can stand for critism, guidance and comments and is only learning to be better player based on the feedback. All the stars cannot do that. Is it Finnish mentality? Yep, it is.If Lauri is still doing this after 40 games, scoring 20+ with good splits and being good in defense... And this team would still be top3 to top 5... Then I would think it is settled Ainge is not taking other offers than same that goes for perennial all stars. He is one of the most talented scorers in this team, a giant wing standing 7ft tall, who is not "me first - others then". If he keeps this up it sets a good culture. If u have a star that is unselfish enough, its like a golden nugget for a team that wants to contend. If he is as someone capable to score so much, read to do everything for the team success instead of buffing his numbers, it is harder for others now and in the future to be dumb selfish guys on the floor. If the star/stars are like him, it sets a base for a dynasty. Keyword Warriors.
A good example of blocks being overrated for defense is the fact that Rudy has consistently been the most dominating defensive player in the league but hasn't lead the league in blocks in years. It's because he is so effective that people stopped challenging him in the paint. They just veer away. Too bad there isn't a stat for forcing dudes to "nope" on out of there. Rudy would lead by a wide margin.I remember how people with the Bulls community once were complaining he is not getting blocks too much, and still isn't that much. I remember how I got into details how blocks look nice in the stats and can admittedly ignite the team like highlight dunks do... But contesting shots in defense is as significant or even more. If getting shots altered enough through contesting, it might lead even to a better net sum of defensive ratings. Blocks can end up going either out of bounds, to the opponents hands or to the defensing team. Two first options might bring back worse outcome than contesting shots hard, bc most of the times, out of their missed shots, the rebounds end up to the defending team getting the possession
And the above is meant to be a prelude for this:
"Markkanen still has one of the highest numbers of rim contests in the NBA at 104, although since Dan’s tweet his percentage has slipped slightly: to 55.8% opponent shooting, still sixth lowest among players who have challenged at least 90 shots at the rim. This is a big jump from his previous years, when he allowed between 60.1% and 67.8% at the rim"
Have to remember his defense has also forced to some turnovers. My favorite one was when pg-13 dribbled the ball out of the bounds when Lauri locking him up in the sideline.
BothDoesn’t it seem like this Jazz team already gets more respect league-wide compared to the DM and Rudy team of the last few years? I don’t know if I should credit that to the Marksman or if I should offended as a Jazz fan for previous seasons.
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Beating expectations does that. With DM and Rudy the talk was always "yeah they look great but lets just wait until the playoffs start...."Doesn’t it seem like this Jazz team already gets more respect league-wide compared to the DM and Rudy team of the last few years? I don’t know if I should credit that to the Marksman or if I should offended as a Jazz fan for previous seasons.
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Good lord you are full of it. Lauri has had a couple bad games and suddenly he is just going through the motions. Then of course trying to put the blame on Sexton as well.If you need any more proof as to why Lauri is a role player at heart, just look at the change in his game when we replaced Conley with Sexton in the starting lineup. The fire seems to have gone out of Markkanen and he's pretty much just going through the motions. Been as meh as it gets lately.
Disappointed but not exactly surprised.