nolang1 wrote:How about you spare the condescending explanation about the DBPM formula and instead explain how you think a guy who can’t even get 2 rebounds a game on a low-major team is going to be athletic enough to get open against, much less defend, NBA-caliber athletes?
I'm not here to explain how this might be possible but it's pretty obvious how this could work in theory (in practice you might want to look at Avery Bradley's DBPM compared to Westbrook's (who had a higher DBPM than Gobert by the way)). I was specifically asking about the defense of the player in question because I don't know him. I don't expect him to be good or even serviceable, it's highly unlikely even. But DBPM isn't the reason for that and frankly – without wanting to come across as condescending –, I'm capable of looking up this number myself if I thought it was of any use. Not to mention that I was talking about a little bit of potential and not even current production.
Westbrook pumped up his DBPM by stealing rebounds from his teammates, but it's not like he was pumping it up from -6 or that he would have only gotten 1 rebound a game otherwise lol. Also you may want to find a better counterexample than Avery Bradley, who is an overrated defender because he only guards point guards well and doesn't offer much help defense; in other words, the stat actually does capture his value as a middling defensive 2-guard who is effective in some matchups but not in others (neither Detroit nor Boston have been better defensively with him in the lineup versus out of it the past few years).
If you're more athletic than everyone else on the floor (and you pretty much have to be to have any hope of being an NBA player from a small school) you'd have to be completely allergic to defense to not put up any numbers on that end; Steph Curry averaged twice the steals and rebounds playing in the same conference as this guy while carrying a much bigger offensive load. Anyways, for just a few players who may be 95% as good at shooting but many times more likely to have a chance being serviceable in other areas, you've got Dakota Mathias, Jacob Evans, Kenny Williams, Kevin Huerter, Justinian Jessup, and Jordan Bowden.