Can Kobe become a late catalyst for Defensive Player of the Year?
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:41 PM
But, the past couple games (and from here on out according Mike D'Antoni) Kobe has and will be guarding the team's best opposing offensive player every night and he has done a great job and his defense on the opposing PGs is the reason the Lakers have won the past 2 games. Both teams LAL has recently won against were point guard driven teams and Kobe completely took the PG out of the game and denied the PG the ball for most of the possessions which completely throws off a PG driven offense. And Kyrie and Brandon Jennings are all star caliber players. We have seen in the past that Kobe has the ability to shut down quick point guards, but he did not do it every night. But now according to D'Antoni due to Nash being a liability on defense, Kobe will be guarding the team's best perimeter player every night.
Even the Buck's coach said that Kobe's pressure in the backcourt and on Jennings was amazing and he was the reason that LAL kind of shut Milawakee down. He also said that he has never seen anyone apply that kind of pressure on a PG in the backcourt for an entire game before, especially a PG quick as Brandon Jennings
And say if the Lakers win a bunch of games coming up and their Points Allowed improve and the man Kobe is guarding is always held below his average and/or shoots a low FG% each and every night, that is basically what a perimeter player does when they win DPOY. Kobe would also have to get his steals per game total closer to or above 2spg.
***Obviously is wayyyy too early to tell because we have really only gotten a very, very small sample of what Kobe has and can do to the opposing teams' best players and we will see if he will do it on a nightly basis.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:43 PM
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