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I'm loving what I'm hearing about Dwight Buycks. I think he should be the back up point guard as well but my worry is with Dwane Casey. He has a thing for guys with experience even if they aren't good players. So my worry is even if Dwight is clearly outperforming Augustin he will still play D.J. over Dwight and I don't think that's fair. There is nothing Augustin does better than Buycks and Augustin is a terrible defender, which is what we are suppose to be about this year, so I don't see what sense it makes to play him over Dwight.
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I can't say everyone because I honestly don't know, but I find it interesting that people say Buycks is already better than Augustin when 90% of people haven't ever seen him play outside of summer league and highlight clips on YouTube. If we had signed Augustin last season, everyone would have been ecstatic at his cost. He had one bad season and suddenly he's shittier than a PG who know one had heard of before we signed him. Chances are Augustin will be primary backup and the reason won't be experience. It'll be talent and I doubt(though could be wrong) that Buycks is more talented. If he was good enough to be a primary backup he would've been in the league long ago. One bad season for Augustin doesn't define his whole career. And sure he isn't the greatest defender but overall I'd take him over Buycks.
I hope you're right. I just remember seeing Augustin in the eastern conference finals and his D was atrocious. Like it was soooo bad. Anytime he came into the game Indiana's D went to shit. I can't believe with Dwight's speed, athleticism and height he could be any worse that D.J. Augustin is almost Jose bad defensively from the eye test. Maybe advanced stats would say otherwise but I highly doubt that.
Btw would anyone mind taking a look at Augustin's defensive stats and see if he is as bad as I think he is. I'm not quite sure where you have to go to find those advanced stats. Also I don't quite understand how you read it so you can tell if the player is above average or below.
By comparison, Lowry's rating was 2.2. near the top of the league, just ahead of Russell Westbrook and just behind Jrue Holiday.
Or, if you prefer argument by example: Bruce Bowen would have ranked right near the bottom of the league every year in BLK+STL+CHG, and he was a consistent all-NBA defender. George Hill is pretty well regarded as a defender, but by BLK+STL+CHG he's below average.
Augustin's defensive rating last season was actually 104, a little worse than starter George Hill's 102. He averaged 0.039 defensive win shares per 48, which is a bit below the average of 0.050, but not horrible.
Augustin often loses his man because he does not fight through screens well. He got better at it as the season wore on, though. He is also not very good at defending the three, due to his height.
Interestingly enough, Rudy Gay is ranked twice, once with Mem and once with Tor. He played better defence in Toronto, coming in at #45 out of 483 rankings.
Jose comes in at #335 for TO, but he improved to #190 for Detroit.
Getting rid of Bargnani without taking back something equally cumbersome gets you at least a B+. The writer was a bit generous, but pretty insightful in valuing how important a 'subtraction move' could be for this franchise. Props to him.
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