He is our most important player right now, he plays far better than many who earn like him. He deserves every penny he is getting, because he plays hard every night.
Just though I'd update the list according to the formula I made in the In Depth: Bargnani thread:
(opponent's PPG + opponent's PER) x opponent's eFG%
This ranks players according to their on-ball defense, and gives them a rating (lower = better)
Amir Johnson: 19.25
"They're going to have to rename the whole conference after us: Toronto Raptors 2014-2015 Northern Conference Champions" ~ ezzbee Dec. 2014
"I guess I got a little carried away there" ~ ezzbee Apr. 2015
"We only have one rule on this team. What is that rule? E.L.E. That's right's, E.L.E, and what does E.L.E. stand for? EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY. Right there up on the wall, because this isn't just a basketball team, this is a lifestyle. ~ Jackie Moon
My best guess about Bass, Bonner, West & Horford:
They are paired with great/elite help defenders, in Howard, Duncan, Okafor and Smith. This would help get them one to two extra stops that they might have otherwise given up. Not saying they aren't good defenders, but the value of having a great defensive presence down low is that everyone's defense benefits.
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