Thursday, August 04, 2011 Who Ruled the Top Defenses in 2011?

Neil Paine looked at how players performed last season against good and bad defensive teams. Joe Johnson and Josh Smith had the seventh- and fifth-greatest decrease in effectiveness against good defenses compared to bad defenses, respectively. Whether that's because the Hawks were 20th in the league in offense or why the Hawks were 20th in the league in offense is a fair question, and one I hope to see answered in a 2011-12 season. Regardless of causation, I expect the correct answer involves lots of missed jump shots. Joe Johnson simply not making less than 30% of his three-point attempts and Josh Smith simply not shooting (say it with me) 482 shots outside of 16 feet could make a very positive difference whether the change is scheme or player motivated.

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