Bucks Diary

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bucks score poorly under new defensive ratings

On 82games.com, Jon Nichols has developed an interesting defensive rating system that compiles several different defensive numbers and awards each player a composite score between 0-100. The top defensive player in the NBA (Tim Duncan) scored a 100, while the bottom two defensive players in the NBA (Tyronn Lue and Jeff McGinnis) scored zeroes.

Last year's Bucks, as you might expect, all received either mediocre or downright poor defensive scores. The top Bucks defender was, unsurprisingly, Ruben Patterson, who scored a 58, which is merely okay. The second best defender on the Bucks, very surprisingly, was Dan Gadzuric, who scored a 53. He was followed by Skinner and Bogut at 43 each, Michael Redd at 42, Charlie Villanueva at 31, Mo Williams at 24, and Charlie Bell at 15. Oh, by the way, the completely useless Earl Boykins scored a team low 7. The whole team fared pretty poorly by this guy's measure, when you consider that the immobile Chris Webber scored a 78. (which calls into question the entire rating system... I watched Andrew Bogut isolate on Webber last season and absolutely eat him alive! But lets just go with it for the moment).

Of the Bucks pickups this off-season, Desmond Mason scored a dismal 14 (hey oh! he doesn't play defense either!), and Jake Voskuhl scored a 27, which is extremely low for a big man. I guess our new found commitment to acquiring defense is just empty talk.

But I don't know how much I'm sold on this system yet. Here are some stunning numbers compiled by former Bucks. TJ Ford compiled a 76! Maybe he was a better defender than the naked eye could capture. Another seeming nondefensive former Buck, Zaza Pachulia, scored an 86. And Rafer Alston, who never appeared to play much defense in Milwaukee, scored an incredible 92. It goes further. Tim Thomas, the disinterested one, somehow scored a 72. On the other hand, Jamaal Magliore scored a measly 35, which sounds about right.

All in all, it may not be a perfect rating system, but it does provide some intriguing information on just how bad the Bucks might be defensively this season.


At August 1, 2007 at 4:08 PM, Blogger frank said...

Nice find. Judging a player's defensive abilities is tough, so it's nice to see someone using a composite of a few different methodologies. Melding them into one thing isn't easy but it's another reference point to consider I guess. One thing I wonder is how these numbers change year-to-year; I would *think* a good defender's rating shouldn't vary that much from year-to-year.

At August 1, 2007 at 9:53 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

I like Dan Rosenbaums ratings from two years ago...thought those were much more accurate.

Seeing C-webb, TJ and Zaza all at the top is enough to skew my opinion against this ranking system.

At August 2, 2007 at 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, TJ Ford is a defensive god. Way better than 98% of the guys in the league right now. And haven't you guys seen all of the articles that state that Desmond Mason is a GREAT-not just good, GREAT-defender? You think sports journalists would make statements like that if they weren't true? You think Gary Woelfel would stretch the truth to appease his sources? For shame...

At August 10, 2007 at 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the joys of being a Bucks fan. Not a peep since the beginning of August on this site and even less it seems from the "real" media. You think a Laker blog ever goes 10 days without a post or a comment?

At August 13, 2007 at 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With this level of interest the NBA might as well move the Bucks to Vegas.

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