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BDL: KG Best Defender of this Decade

Chuck - Red's Army August 28, 2009 Uncategorized 2 Comments

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Via Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie:

KG stands alone because he pitches nearly as many perfect
games, while combining Tim Duncan's length and frame with a guard's ability to
move his feet. Garnett has become a bit more showy about things after getting
traded to the Boston Celtics, but his time spent toiling for those awful
Minnesota teams prior to that — and his years spent dominating on some
solid-to-great Timberwolves teams prior to that — were the work of a defensive
genius. He just guarded everyone, every play, every feint, every drive,
everything. And then he'd get the rebound. Pity that nobody seemed to be paying
attention.

Tough to argue with this analysis of Garnett. Read the Shane Battier write-up to understand what Dwyer means by "perfect games."

Some of the names (Kirk Hinrich, Eric Snow) and rankings (Battier at #2) are debatable. The inclusion of Dikembe Mutombo seems more like a lifetime achievement award considering his best defensive years came in the previous decade. I like Dwight Howard in his place.

One notable omission – Tayshaun Prince.

In other news, the league has suspended the Nuggets' J.R. Smith and the Suns' Jason Richardson for recent driving offenses.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Can’t argue with that!
    Although the contrast of ‘pity nobody was paying attention’ is a conclusion after ‘become more showy’.
    Maybe he is the same dude that is just now getting some air time.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    Yeah I find it hilarious that he says “its a shame nobody was watching” yet says he has become more “showy” with the celtics….no he hasnt…were you not watching? lol…
    I have KG at #2 behind Duncan myself