Analysis: Trying to play good defense in the NBA is a ‘wild, hot mess’

DENVER (AP) — Unlike all of these high-scoring games, the NBA still plays defense.

Seriously, they are.

It’s just that the task of stopping two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid or anyone else in the league has become more difficult than ever.

Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle perhaps best summed up the challenge of blocking a top or even reserve player: “It’s a wild, hot mess right now in the NBA to try to defend,” he said.

A combination of rule changes, changes in play style, continued fondness for the three-point shot, and more have resulted in the game being heavily skewed towards the offensive player.

Someone will win Defensive Player of the Year this spring, even after a season where it seems like no one can stop someone with the ball. It is almost certain that more players will average 20 points per game than ever before. Ten years ago there were about a dozen players. This season 50 is not out of the question (last season it was 27 and in the 2020/21 season it was 31).

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