Metta's defense is better? I still see him get torched by quicker players, not getting out on shooters, and not recovering fast enough on screens.
He definitely got torched by Batum already this season, the only really good SF he's faced against so far.
Alright let's look at his matchups so far then
In this short season
45% shooter during the season
37% against Ron
3-8 7 points
3-12 6 points
3-8 7 points
3-8 9 points
Metta has played solid defense, the only two games he really got burned were against Utah and against the Clippers. Against Utah he wasn't getting much help off the screens and against the Clippers he was in foul trouble and couldn't play that aggressively and I'm sure we remember that. he went a couple games in foul trouble early and still nearly playing 40 minutes.
Fact is he hasn't been a slouch and we can bring up the Jack performance(which I mentioned earlier) and the Clippers game in foul trouble just as he was in Portland. Other than that he's been a nightmare for people at that position and is averaging more steals than he ever has as a Laker thus far
but I digress.
AGAIN, he's shooting 36% and 31% from 3, still below his career numbers. You do have a point that we shouldn't expect him to be efficient since he hasn't had great efficiency during his career, but that means he shouldn't be shooting as much as he is either. His declining defense makes it tougher to bear.
He's shooting 38% as a career 40% shooter
And read above about his defense.
Edited by Majesty, November 14, 2012 - 12:34 AM.