Re: on ball perimeter defense: the most unappreciated aspect of basketball stat geeks
Kobe is a great defender when he wants to be, but he didn't deserve an all defensive selection last year. It was an absolute crime that Thabo Sefolosha didn't make an all defensive team. He is arguably the best defender in the entire league. Dude is a superstar killer.
Kobe was arguably the best perimeter defender in his prime though.