Posted by: Jazzville on July 13th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Regarding some comments I saw on here earlier saying that Al Jefferson was actually not that bad of a defender, I just wanted to say that is laughable. Yes, he is decent at 1 on 1 defense on the block….decent. Every other aspect of defense is below average at best, and unbelievably bad at worst. Pick and roll defense….terrible, no effort, doesn’t slide his feet, lets guards split the defenders or turn the corner, and doesn’t recover at all. He plays no passing lanes. He is rarely in effective help side position, and even when he is, he either is easy to score on or gives up amazingly weak and 1 opportunities.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Al Jefferson. However, I think that the Jazz need to be an elite defensive team to compete, and as long as Al is your starter…that isn’t going to happen. There is a reason teams attack him all game long on defense. Sure he gets an occasional block, but really in the grand scheme of the overall defensive game, is that what is important? Also, he’s an average rebounder. So please explain to me how anyone can think he’s “actually not that bad on D” JRN and Chris I’m talking to you.
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