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    Default Calderon & Jack Defense Metrics Compared to Some Other NBA Point Guards

    I decided to take a look at some advanced metrics for Calderon and Jack on defense last season and compare them to a number of other Points Guards in the league.

    The rankings are league rankings in PPP allowed, not the rankings among PG. To my knowledge the source website does not have the query by category feature available like BasketballReference.com has to easily retrieve that player category data.

    Defense
    ------------


    Total Points Per Possession---League Rank
    -----------------------------------------
    Calderon--------1.05----------422
    Jack------------1.00----------386
    Nash-------------.92----------259
    Kidd-------------.88-----------147 -- The old guy can still defend.
    Rondo-----------.84------------61
    Jennings---------.88-----------147
    Collison----------.89-----------170
    Westbrook-------.94-----------302

    Who would have thought that Nash would have ranked ahead of Westbrook in PPP allowed in 09-10 especially when the Suns as a team allowed .91 PPP vs the Thunder .87.


    Below are the numbers in defending against the three most run type of plays; i.e., the P&R, ISO and Spot-Up. Notice that here too the PPP on the ISO play are the lowest.

    Interestingly enough the numbers say that Jack is a good defender against the P&R but not very good defending the other two plays. I would have to check, but just based upon this small sample Jack's PPP allowed against the P&R could be among the lowest all Point Guards in the league.

    Nash and Jennings also defended well against the P&R.

    Could toughness have something to do with it.
    To think that Sir Charles at least one time on TNT called Nash soft. Charles I think that you have a hole in screen door on this one. Maybe after Charles saw Nash play with a busted up nose he may have changed his opinion

    P&R Ball Handler--PPP-----League Rank
    -------------------------------------
    Calderon--------1.02-----------213
    Jack-------------.79------------77
    Nash------------.82------------115
    Kidd-------------.87------------149
    Rondo-----------.85------------138
    Jennings---------.80-------------87
    Collison----------.90------------171
    Westbrook-------.86------------144


    Calderon was slightly better than Jack in defending the ISO play than Jack was, though not by much. Both however were near the bottom of the sample group.


    ISO--------------PPP------League Rank
    --------------------------------------
    Calderon---------.95-----------259
    Jack-------------.97-----------273
    Nash-------------.97-----------273
    Kidd--------------.80-----------110
    Rondo------------.68------------25
    Jennings----------.74------------63
    Collison-----------.84-----------152
    Westbrook--------.79-----------104

    Calderon was slightly better than Jack in defending the Spot-up play than Jack was, though not by much. Both however were near the bottom of the sample group.


    Spot-Up---------PPP-------League Rank
    ---------------------------------------
    Calderon--------1.01-----------231
    Jack------------1.02-----------239
    Nash------------.99------------200
    Kidd-------------.92------------123
    Rondo-----------.96------------167
    Jennings---------.96------------167
    Collison----------.78-------------25 - This number really surprised me
    Westbrook-------1.05----------269


    source Synergy Sports
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