Fat Kat wrote:
This is how he stacked up against the competition last year
So, even by those standards, he's still our best defensive guard. And like, really the only stat there that's useful is dFG%, and even then, it's an incomplete stat. So let's look at some individual defensive metrics.https://stats.nba.com/players/ball-handler/#!?SeasonType=Regular%20Season&TypeGrouping=defensive&CF=PLAYER_NAME*E*ntili
Frank rated above average as a PnR defender last year. While I don't love this stat for a variety of reasons, mostly that a lot of PnR play comes off of secondary actions, and this only accounts for the scoring of guys running PnRs, there is stuff you can glean from it. Mostly that guys turned the ball over 26% of the time against Frank in the PnR. And considering how often PnRs are used, it would be helpful to have a guy defending them who forces a turnover more than a quarter of the time, no? To be fair, Burke actually graded extremely well in the PnR defense last year with us, at around 92nd percentile, but then dropped to 23rd percentile in Dallas, so make of that what you will.https://stats.nba.com/players/isolation/?SeasonType=Regular%20Season&TypeGrouping=defensive&CF=PLAYER_NAME*E*ntili
Now, I seem to recall you going on about how we can't play Frank at PG because he can't iso, and isolations are the very most important aspect of guards games, hands down, no contest. So, if we have a guy who makes opponents shoot, say, 30% off of isolations, that would be good for us, right? Frank's so good at defending isolations that he makes opposing players look like Frank when they isolate. Let that sink in for a second. And pretty much everyone agrees he was worse this year than last year, so that means he can get better when he's already better than 95% of the league statistically.
Like, he just turned 21 years old and is already this good defensively. If all he does is get his 3 pointer consistent, he's an extremely valuable piece on any team. Sure, maybe we overrate his defense a bit, but he is legitimately good by most individual metrics. Is he a PG? Probably not in the NBA. Cause you are right, he's not good enough of a creator off the dribble to make it. But he could absolutely play the 2 or 3 if he gets his shot consistent.