Defense-First Approach Emerging as New Blueprint for Rebuilding NBA Teams

March 31st, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Young NBA teams rebuilding around defensive foundations? No way.

Yes way.

At a time when the Association emphasizes nylon-nuking assaults and defense is often referred to as the "less-glamorous end," no fewer than three of the most promising projects are binding their futures to points prevention.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz are all changing the way in which we view defensive transformations, as Bleacher Report's Jared Dubin astutely observes:

Pestering opposing offenses is no longer a job left to slow-paced, battle-scarred squads or veteran specialists. For these three teams, it's a primary building block—a collective means to an optimistic end.


Milwaukee Bucks

Defensive Rating: 99.8

Rank: 2

Describe the Bucks in three words.

Long, long and, um, long.

Length is fueling the Bucks' rise through the NBA's defensive ranks. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and John Henson can hug buildings, and they traded for Michael Carter-Williams at the deadline, who, ...

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