plonden wrote:One guy I noticed who was playing well was Nick Collison. He was fronting the post on Bynum and just playing going post D. Keeping Bynum to 13 and 7 is probably a success.
Here's what Hollinger had to say about Collison is his all-defensive team article...
John Hollinger wrote:But the hardest player to leave off my top three wasn't any of those guys -- it was Oklahoma City's Nick Collison (-7.22). You heard that correctly: Nick Collison. Every metric says Collison was one of the league's most effective defensive players this season, leading the league in drawing charges despite coming off the bench and posting a phenomenal on-court versus off-court differential for the league's seventh-ranked defensive squad.
That's some heady praise for a guy that most casual NBA fans wouldn't even recognize.
And while we're on the subject, here's what Holly had to say about Ibaka...
John Hollinger wrote:Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (-1.99) didn't play a lot of minutes, but he's a terror in the making because of his length, quickness and shot-blocking ability. Of particular note was the fourth quarter of the game in Portland this season, when he basically eradicated LaMarcus Aldridge from the box score -- Aldridge didn't get a shot attempt the entire quarter, and it wasn't from lack of trying.
Can OKC do play eval? Survey says ... yes they can