Get this: today in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty. And now, in 2008, the NBA returns! Ever heard someone call a bad defender "a statue?" We have, although we prefer any announcer term that involves the word "burnt" in some way (see: salmon, smoked). We decided to combine the opening of a great American landmark with the return of a great American institution and rank the biggest "statues" (i.e. the worst defenders) in the NBA. Here we go now.
We love this post from The Mercury News, in which we found this nugget: "When (Curry) was on the floor, NY opponents scored 117 points per 100 possessions." Ha. HA!
People love to bash Nash's defense. We can't really disagree. His steals-to-turnover ratio, which is something that should be important to a guard, is generally around 1 to 3 (that's bad). In his defense, he runs a lot and has possibly the most creative court vision in ten years, so he's doing something right.
We were interested in interviewing Redd for an online piece once and the NBA editor said to us, with much assurance, "Oh, I can get you Redd." It was funny if you were there, we swear. To reference the above Mercury News piece: Redd played over 2,700 minutes last season, he's a guard and he had a meager 65 steals.