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Is Marcus Smart's Defense Good?
« on: October 30, 2020, 03:47:58 PM »

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I know this is click-baity. It is good--very good. All-NBA defense good.

Still, games like the 37 point Tyler Herro game got me wondering if Smart is really a lock-down defender. Also, remember who was guarding Booker when he put up 70+ against us a year ago. It seems like we've had a lot of games against opposing guards where they went off. Remember the Denver game last year with Jamal Murray?

There's no doubt he is a really good defender. He excels at making timely momentum-shifting defensive plays. He is an excellent helpside defender and one of the most heady defensive players in the NBA.

However, is he elite in one-on-one defense against perimeter players? Is he good? Is he average?

Re: Is Marcus Smart's Defense Good?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2020, 03:55:45 PM »

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Iím glad Tyler Herroís 37 got you thinking about this because he scored 5 point while guarded by Marcus.

A step back three from 5 feet behind the three point line and a mid range jumper wHere smart knocked the ball loose but Herro got a nice bound and was able to pick it up and take an open jumper.
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Re: Is Marcus Smart's Defense Good?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2020, 04:37:03 PM »

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You're right it is click-baity.

Re: Is Marcus Smart's Defense Good?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2020, 06:52:33 PM »

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No player in history has locked down his opponent in every game.  It doesnít happen at the NBA level.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 07:57:37 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2020, 08:34:43 PM »

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There's no questioning Smart's defensive effectiveness in my mind. He can improve though by passing the ball more and shooting less on offense.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2020, 09:53:49 PM »

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Booker scored majority of his points on Crowder and most of it are garbage points anyway.

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There is a legit question here:  despite his propensity to make big plays, is Marcus a bit overrated on a play to play basis? 

I donít think you find the answer to that in anecdotes or individual game performances. Rather, it makes sense to look at the entire season:

https://www.nba.com/stats/players/defense-dash-overall/?sort=PCT_PLUSMINUS&dir=-1&Season=2019-20&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&CF=GP*GE*40:PLAYER_NAME*E*&StarterBench=Starters

Thatís just looking at starters who played 40 games last year.  By FG% differential, Marcus was excellent (29th) but ranked behind perimeter players like Jrue Holiday, Gary Harris, Avery Bradley and several others.  Heís nowhere close to the dominant big man defenders, like Giannis and Gobert.

FG% differential isnít the end all and be all, but it helps answer the OPís question.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2020, 12:06:40 AM »

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This video would answer your question: https://youtu.be/3IWiADg7IiU

TL;DR: he is a lock-down defender.
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2020, 01:05:49 AM »

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The problem with Marcus Smart is on the other end of the floor. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2020, 01:37:16 AM »

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The problem with Marcus Smart is on the other end of the floor.
First time I've heard that a slight positive on offence is a problem :laugh:
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The problem with Marcus Smart is on the other end of the floor.
First time I've heard that a slight positive on offence is a problem :laugh:

Eh.  Some nights heís a positive, others heís a negative.  The offense occasionally is so bad that it negates the positive defense.
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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2020, 02:55:11 AM »

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No player in history has locked down his opponent in every game.  It doesnít happen at the NBA level.

I donít know, I think OPís logic is irrefutable: three opposing guards in 4 seasons had set career highs in games in which Smart played. If that doesnít prove his defense is overrated, what does?
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2020, 03:23:57 AM »

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The problem with Marcus Smart is on the other end of the floor.
First time I've heard that a slight positive on offence is a problem :laugh:
Eh.  Some nights heís a positive, others heís a negative. The offense occasionally is so bad that it negates the positive defense.
Eh he's a positive in the long run on good teams. Occasional stinkers don't worry me that much when he's usually a slight positive with the upside of having an amazing offensive night to more than balance those bad games out (he's our record holder for most threes in a game iirc, here's an example of Smart getting really hot lol).
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