The league is entering the third wave of an offensive revolution that began nearly a decade and a half ago. And just like then, rule changes have made playing defense an untenable situation. Can teams adapt now like they did then?
Gobert and Green are two of the best defensive players in the league, but exist on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of how they go about their craft. Think of Gobert as a hammer: a tool that derives its efficiency from blunt force. Green, then, would be more like a screwdriver: a tool that affixes and dismantles as part of a larger system of tasks.
“Utah doesn’t want to switch everything because they have a hammer. You don’t want to use a hammer as a screwdriver. And Gobert’s the biggest hammer of all,” said David Thorpe, the executive director of the Pro Training Center and a former ESPN analyst. “Draymond Green is a Hall of Fame player, because when he’s playing he is the most elite screwdriver in the tool box, at a time where screwdrivers are incredibly valuable. That wasn’t always the case. There wasn’t always a period of time when teams would’ve valued his particular tool.”
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