Alatan wrote:reflex35 wrote:Alatan wrote:
I dont know what the Lithuaninan guy watched but Jokic has improved much with his lateral mobility and speed. Doesnt really look slimmer, on the opposite he looks bigger (not fatter) and faster witch is quite impressive.
In the game Jokic really shined on D. His offense was rusty witch is somewhat understandable but his mobility and positioning on D was amazing. Il look if there are some clips of it to show.
Shined on D against who? You're missing the point..
He shined against a third tier young centre who will have a first year in Euroleague this year and against undersized 4 who is 34-35 years old veteran on Lithuanian team.
This is a bit crazy - you're saying he looks bigger (and I say fatter) but he improved his lateral speed and mobility?
Maybe to your eyes it looks like that because he was playing against slow old and young inexperienced opponents mostly?
Because NBA speed wise he looks slower but I see that everyone sees what they want to see.
Let's see how the game goes today in Lithuania...
The fact that you think that defense is only played one on one makes me want to end this discussion. Jokic does look Bigger and faster especially laterally. He is not Giannis out there but he can switch onto mediocre guards and contain them and same can be said for wings with is a major addition to his game.
Gaining mobility without loosing mass and strength is incredible because most of us Nuggets feared that if he lost weight he would lose an advantage as a paint presence and a screen setter.
Ok... Well... Most of the defence is played one on one, but you can probably argue that there is 20-30 % help defence going on or let's say you have to play zone defence and that's another matter.
But you're taking something which is a smaller piece of the puzzle making it sound as if individual defence against your own opponent plays a smaller role than any type of team/help defence.