BNM wrote:Not making excuses for Olshey, but POR is currently 15th in Def Rtg, up from 29th last season and 28th the season before. Sure, it's only been 10 games, but that seems like a pretty significant improvement on defense given the inherent limitations of a Dame/CJ backcourt. Part of that is a new coach/system, but a big part of it was replacing Kanter/Melo with Zeller/Nance on the 2nd unit.
Also, currently 9th in Net Rtg, which seems pretty damn amazing given our best player is off to an absolutely horrible start.
but they were 24th in def. rating and 15th in net rating after the Cleveland game....which also happened to be when Portland's road/home record was balanced. The upward movement all came from two games at home. And when you can move a season rating nearly 3 points in two games, it's a clear sign of sample size skew. The 4 game road trip starting tonight will likely move numbers the opposite direction (although if Dame keeps climbing out of his slump the offense will be better)
Those ratings numbers are pretty noisy till a team has 40-50 games completed
Portland's defense has obviously improved, but if the starting baseline was last season, the grading curve is busted. That was one of the worst defenses in NBA history. And while Billups may get credit for it, far too much blame for bad defense is landing on Stotts Olshey. When Olshey actually gave Stotts decent defenders on the roster, Stotts had decent defenses. His defenses, prior to the last 2 seasons, posted rankings of 8th, 10th, 16th (twice) & 20th. And that 8th ranking came with Dame/CJ as the starting guards