People also underrate his defensive mind
He may not have the best lateral movement but he IS defensively intelligent.. but don't take my word for it
According to ESPN.com, without Kelly Duke allowed 46.8% shooting to opposing teams, 306th in Division I basketball, and a defensive efficiency rating of 101.4. With Kelly, opposing teams shot 37.8% and had a defensive efficiency rating of 86.2, about 15 points better. Ryan Feldman explains the stats…
Prior to the win over Miami, Kelly was holding opponents to 21.8 percent shooting this season as an on-ball defender, the fourth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country (minimum 100 plays). He held opponents to 0.52 points per play, which ranked sixth in the country.
Why is Kelly so effective on defense? He’s a versatile defender who can successfully guard a variety of play types. Before the injury, he held opponents to 16.7 percent shooting on isolation plays. He didn’t allow a single point defending pick-and-roll ball handlers and post-up plays, which accounted for 20 percent of his defensive plays.
Kelly once again made a significant impact defensively in the win over Miami. The Hurricanes shot 42.8 percent from the field with Kelly on the court and 50 percent with him off the court. Miami scored 1.00 points per possession with Kelly on the court and 1.12 points per possessions with him off the court.
Those are things I LIKE to hear. Rambis will love this kid as he'll fit right in to the team defense philosophy.
Don't know why people thought this guy didn't. Stretch 4 that can defend pick and rolls well. I like it.
Of course the NBA is completely different.
But at the same time having Rambis here to help work with him will probably help him get up to NBA speed a lot faster, he's a guy that could make an impact quickly depending.
Edited by Majesty, August 07, 2013 - 11:13 PM.