I had a dentist appointment. Everyone knows what to do when it comes to brushing your teeth. You brush in the morning and at night. You should probably also brushing after lunch. That doesn’t account for flossing, dental visits, fluoride, your tongue or your gums either. On the surface its easy. Just brush in the morning and night. Keep it simple and you can be pretty solid but then you start working in all of this other stuff. Damn it can get complicated quickly and all of a sudden you aren’t getting that AM/PM brushing in regularly.
KAT’s rookie year his defense appeared to be solid. He was buoyed by KG and running a pretty straight-forward Sam Mitchell system. In year two for KAT (year one with Thibs) it was thought KAT would take a huge step forward defensively. Rubio played great individual defense. Wiggins and Lavine were hot-garbage. KG wasn’t there. Thibs has a very complicated system. KAT stepped backward last year. The stats for defense that are publically available don’t speak to the eye-test. KAT’s advanced stats are below. You can see year two had a slight decrease in defensive stats. Year three things have really fallen off.
KAT is the cornerstone of choice for long-term success per the NBA GM Survey for the past two years. What do we need to see for him to be this team’s actual cornerstone? Defense-baby-defense is what the Wolves need. Right now KAT comes in tied at 74th for defensive rating per 100 possessions via BR. Let’s watch this over the course of the year but I think KAT has the ability to get there.
I think a lot of what KAT’s issues can be traced down too are team play. KAT tries to over-compensate. If the wing-defense breaks-down KAT tries to just up an make a play to wipe out the mistake. Then KAT hangs any defensive failings on himself. KAT doesn’t let himself just follow the simple plans for AM/PM tooth brushing to try to add more wrinkles to his hygiene game that he hasn’t yet mastered. Butler and Taj are getting the overall team defense into a better spot. I think its just a matter of time that the overall defense gets better. Right now the team stats are blown out of proportions by the Indy/Detroit/GSW games. Those three losses were by a total 68 points or roughly 23 points per game. That can’t help a team/players defensive ratings. The small sample-size situation isn’t helping us right now but on a by-weekly basis I’ll pull these stats up to see what’s happing. Right now we are sitting at 13.4% of the season so those three blow-out losses are throwing things off.