Originally Posted by longtime lurker
Finally settling into that defensive presence/2nd option role. His numbers aren't eye popping but his effectiveness especially on the defensive end is coming through.
I think they need to play the matchup game in the playoffs when deciding how to use him offensively. Kobe's going to be the first option, but if he's going to get fouled excessively or doubled (meaning he'll almost inevitably turn the ball over), then Dwight shouldn't get any touches unless:
1) he's completely open (like, alley-oop open)
2) he's putting back an offensive board
3) he's in a PnR set with Nash (maybe the Kobe/Dwight PnR as well, again depending on matchups)
I think the defense will be playing at a top 5 level in the league by season's end, but in the transition Dwight needs to get back quicker. Rebounding is tough...you want him to be approaching a 20-20 night in the playoffs each game, but depending on what happens with Gasol not as many boards will be available. Regardless, he needs to grab more (especially on the offensive end) to push that advantage.