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Old 11-25-2012, 10:41 PM   #65
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Default Re: Vote for the Top 10 Defensive Players in NBA History

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Originally Posted by fpliii
Hmmm, upon further thought perhaps I should swap them...here are the z-scores for their teams' DRtgs (relative to the league each season):

Pippen:

87-88: -1.0
88-89: -0.9
89-90: +0.3
90-91: -1.0
91-92: -1.5
92-93: -0.7
93-94: -1.0
94-95: -1.4
95-96: -1.9
97-97: -1.2
97-98: -1.4
98-99: +0.2
99-00: -1.0
00-01: -0.4
01-02: -0.2
02-03: -0.4
03-04: +0.6

Ewing:

85-86: -0.7
86-87: +1.1
87-88: -0.6
88-89: -0.1
89-90: -0.0
90-91: -0.2
91-92: -1.6
92-93: -2.9
93-94: -2.3
94-95: -1.6
95-96: -1.3
96-97: -1.5
97-98: -1.3
98-99: -1.2
99-00: -1.0
00-01: +0.9
01-02: +0.3

offhand I figured the difference was a lot closer, and planned to give it to Pip on the basis of versatility, but I think I need to switch them on my list. The only question is whether I need to bump Pippen down a tier (joining Rodman), or whether he can remain there.


88-92' probably had more to do with Jordan's defense than it did Pippen's - especially 88'. He was the defensive floor general and the team's best defender up until that point. 94' and 95' are arguably the two most impressive defensive seasons by a perimeter player ever though.

We also need to take into account the help that each player had. Pippen certainly had a lot of help early on with Jordan/Grant, and then later on with Jordan/Rodman/Harper, but Ewing probably still had the better end of that deal. Some of those Knicks teams had solid to great defenders at virtually every position.
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