Originally posted by kronik:
LOL elite my ass. A PF that can't defend is not elite. Unlike football, your defensive game is %50 of your overall game. I guess we will see Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffin dunking on us next year and beyond.
RAPM rates Kevin Love's defense to be on par with Blake Griffin (1.7) and Pau Gasol (1.4). Not world-beating by any stretch (especially for a big), but he's well into the positive range (1.3), while David Lee is at .1. Moreover, Synergy rates Kevin Love as an excellent post defender. He only gives up .72 points per possession in post-up situations on 39% shooting, which is top tier. Beyond that, he only commits shooting fouls on 2.1% of those post possessions, and forces turnovers 12.5% of the time.In comparison, David Lee surrenders .88 PPP in post-ups on 42% shooting, commits a shooting foul on 10% of those possessions, and only forces turnovers 7.2% of the time.For reference: Dwight Howard (.74 PPP), Tim Duncan (.80), Marc Gasol (.79).Kevin Love obviously doesn't have the overall, rotational presence that those three do, but he's far from the disaster that David Lee is, and can more than hold his own during the most frequent types of defensive possessions a power forward faces.