Ok fair enough. So lets increase our sample size then. In 09-10, ZBo was about average defensively (actually he ranked in the top half of the league so above average). He gave up .89 Points Per Play which ranked 188th in the league in 09-10. It's not great by any means but its above average and solid. To compliment that, his post defense in 09-10 was even better than his overall numbers, ranking 141st in the league. Again, top half of the league.
Originally Posted by roshan3ai
However, thats 2 years ago. So how about 10-11? Well even better. In fact, in 10-11, he was a flat out good defender. He ranked 120th overall in points per play and he was one of the better post defenders in the league giving up .79 points per play which ranked 85th in the league. He was also very good in 10-11 in guarding the pick and roll, ranking 71st.
In addition, ZBO fares well in defensive adjusted +/- as well (which adjusts +/- numbers for teammates and opponent). In 10-2011, he had a positive impact on defense and in 09-10, he had a break even impact on D. So the evidence is very much there that ZBo has been getting better on defense.
We aren't going to sit there and say he's a great defender or anything but there's enough evidence over the last few years that would indicate he's at the very least average defensively, if not even slightly above average.
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