Originally Posted by Uwe Blab
The reason he's not getting minutes now is because there are better options now, i.e. Diaw, Splitter, and apparently Blair for the time being. That still doesn't mean he was bad on defense when Pop played him even when he wasn't hitting his shots.
Jose, I think you've generalized Bonner on the court. In other words, in your mind you've compiled the times that maybe Bonner did need help which resulted in the other team getting an easy score (because that is what most people seem to remember about him) and have concluded that that is his norm. It just isn't. If Bonner were guarding Lamarcus Aldridge or even Dwight Howard, then heck yeah they're going to send help. Even Duncan gets help. But in reality, the Spurs defense has never been about man to man defense anyway, it's always been about help defense. Bowen got help all the time, Duncan even in his prime as well.
stats don't support that anyway, it means the team did better (i.e. the schemes changed when Bonner stepped on the court).
how are there better options if this guy is apparently "great" on defense?! the Spurs defense has never been about primarily help, it's been about good perimeter man defense and getting help if the players need it. the difference between this year and last is that Kawhi/Danny are playing better perimeter defense where they don't need help. if they need help, then they need to take them to the baseline side where the Spurs trap them with a big.
when does Duncan get a double team on his man? that's rare if anything. one scheme the Spurs system isn't designed for is a double team for a big. that would mean Duncan would leave his guy wide open under the rim to help Bonner or if a small helps, an open 3 point shooter somewhere with ball movement. that's why we were so bad before this year on defense. guys would play back and give them a 3 or play close and not get help on the strong side. hell, we don't even give as much help on defense to Stephen Jackson as power forward than we do Bonner and we're still a better defensive team.