Why? Because I disagree with you? Larry Sanders, serge Ibaka and older than dirt Tim Duncan are averaging more blocks than Dwight, the supposed best big man in the NBA. Ibaka and Duncan arent even centers. Just let that sink in for a minute.
1) Tim Duncan is a center. He's been playing the position most of his career. This season, both Blair and Diaw have been the power forwards starting next to Duncan, and Splitter is also playing PF when Duncan is in the game. Only when Duncan exists is when you'll see Splitter at the five. If you don't believe me, go watch the tape.
Duncan is also one of the greatest defensive anchors in the last decade. He has been the anchor of Spurs teams that are top ten defensive squads in NBA history.
2) Serge Ibaka is a shot-blocker. Great. Amare Stoudemire is also a shot-blocker.
In 2008, Dwight Howard blocked 2.1 shots a night for the 52-win Orlando Magic (that he led). Amare had a season where he blocked 2.1 shots a game for Phoenix.
Does shot-blocking classify Amare as a defensive player? He's actually pretty bad on the defensive end.
So you think Dwight is a great defender? Are you aware the Lakers are giving up 44.2 points in the paint a game? Only team that gives up more is Portland. If hes not blocking shots, getting steals or defending the paint, what IS he doing? Hes garbage.
Ah, allowed points in the paint...that's fun.
Guess who is #2? The Clippers, who have DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin up front...two bad defensive players.
Here's something even better: guess who's #6? The Sixers.
Something to know about points in the paint: it varies based on many factors. The Clippers have good perimeter defense. The Sixers have that + a head coach that knows how to coach defense. Do you think LaVoy Allen and Thaddeus Young are the reasons why teams have trouble scoring in the paint against Philly?
We have a defensive system that, well...nevermind, we DON'T have a defensive system in place. That's the problem. In professional basketball, you can't just go tell a team to help each other out on defense, because there's 94 feet of floor, baseline to baseline, and 50 feet from one corner to the opposing corner. You have to have a strategy. NO defensive anchor, in NBA history, can play help defense without one.