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No, this is not a troll post. The Utah Jazz are better on defense in one area so far this season. What is it? Well, we're no longer getting torched by the opposing team's starting shooting guard. Their collective sum of averages for points per game is 387.6 (or 14.4 ppg over 27 games); and we've only surrendered 391 total points to opposing SGs (14.5 ppg over 27 games). This IS an improvement. We're keeping the other team's starting shooting guards just at their average.
Of course, injuries, rotations, and line-up quirks all play into this. James Harden played only one half of one of his two games. Gary Neal isn't usually a starter. Sometimes a guy off the bench is usually a designated scoring 2 who is behind (for just the first 6 mins of the first quarter) a defensive two, like in OKC or Indy. There are a few quirks here, but this is something positive to say the least.
List of starting shooting guards faced this season: O.J. Mayo (Dallas Mavericks); Austin Rivers (New Orleans Hornets); Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs); Tony Allen (Memphis Grizzlies); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Andre Iguodala (Denver Nuggets); Jared Dudley (Phoenix Suns); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Jason Terry (Boston Celtics); Jason Richardson (Philadelphia 76ers); Jordan Crawford (Washington Wizards); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings); Roger Mason (New Orleans Hornets); Thabo Sefolosha (Oklahoma City Thunder); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic); Gary Neal (San Antonio Spurs); Shannon Brown (Phoenix Suns); Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets); and Lance Stephenson (Indiana Pacers). N = 27
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