Villanueva's defense: as bad as advertised
Bucks PF Charlie Villanueva was finally introduced to the local media yesterday (why the delay?). Now somebody better introduce him to the concept of defense.
Villanueva's defense last season was awful. It was worse when he played small forward, but it can rightfully be described as putrid when he played power forward as well.
When playing the power forward slot, Villanueva allowed the opposing players he guarded to shoot a combined effective FG% of 55.9%. Compare that to the opponent eFG of 47.9% allowed by Bucks PF Andrew Bogut. Very bad.
I haven't done an extensive survey of power forwards league-wide, but a sampling (along with common sense) shows that Villanueva was one of the poorest defenders in the Association at the 4 spot last season.
However, his poor defensive numbers may have been exaggerated by his situation. Consider that Toronto starting PF Chris Bosh's defensive statistics are nearly as horrible, as he allowed opponents to shoot an eFG% of 54.7% when he played the 4.
So perhaps it was a generally poor attitude throughout the Toronto organization that led to Villanueva's awful defensive statistics. That could be, but if I were the Bucks I would be concerned about the team's overall lack of defense. It is alarming, to say the least, as I will illustrate in a future post.