THE J0KER wrote:MPJ is the worst defensive player on the planet only by an optical illusion because when he makes some mistake it comes from a high-school player in him who missed college career and not get enough playing time in this his rookie year. So his mistakes are always obvious and often even ridiculous. But his overall defensive influence is already rather positive than negative! Porter is the Nuggets player with the highest +/- this playoff for a reason with much better DRtg than anyone expected to see the due eye-test. Thanks to his very big size for an SF player and great rebounding skills, his presence gives Nuggets rebounding dominance to lineups where he is involved. That contributes to the Nuggets game and defense much more than all negativity from a few silly defensive mistakes which he delivers every game.
MPJ is one of the most talented offensive forwards in the league. Confident shooter and great body control around the bucket. And his rebounding is desperately needed, particularly in this series.
But imo, you're way to forgiving of his defensive lapses. They're all mental mistakes due either to a lack of focus(which is what's happening when he ball watches and his man slips away from him) or a lack of understanding of defensive principles and what's expected of him vis-a-vis when to switch and when not to.
That shouldn't be forgiven or overlooked. Your team could really use a veteran hard-ass like Draymond or Smart to be vocal and keep everyone honest. Would go a long way in helping your team take the final step.