Just how bad are the Nets defensively?
Well, the only statistical “defensive” category they excel in is opponent free throw percentage.
Yes, when they foul their opponents and send them to the free throw line -- unguarded from 15 feet straightaway -- they only convert at a 71.4 percent clip, tied for the lowest percentage in the NBA (Philadelphia). The jokes stop there, though.
The Nets are currently ranked last in the league in opponent field goal percentage (49.3), 3-point percentage (39.5) and defensive rebounds per game (26.7). They are 25th in points allowed (100.0), and give up the sixth-most fast-break points in the league (14.8).
The Nets are 2-14 when giving up 100 or more points, and 2-12 when they allow their opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field.
According to the NBA scouting site mySynergySports.com, the Nets are horrible defending the pick-and-roll. They are allowing pick-and-roll ball handlers to shoot 42.3 percent (23rd) and pick-and-roll roll men to shoot 58.6 percent (30th). They’re also among the bottom of the worst in the league in defending isolation plays, cuts and handoffs, to name a few other categories.
During the preseason, coach Avery Johnson said one of his goals was for his team to improve defensively. That hasn’t happened, obviously. A combination of poor defensive personnel, limited practice time and myriad injuries -- the Nets have started an NBA-high 14 different lineups and have started a league-high tying 13 different players (Charlotte) -- have contributed to the Nets’ defensive woes.
Would you believe it if someone told you that they’d actually miss Brook Lopez defensively? Absolutely not. But the Nets currently have no big men who can protect the rim. With DeShawn Stevenson out, they also have no defensive wings. And all that unnecessary-trapping and over-helping doesn’t hide those flaws, it exposes them.
So basically what you’re saying is that the Nets’ defense is going to continue to look like a Nicki Minaj Grammy performance on a nightly basis? It appears that way, doesn’t it?