Monta Ellis plays better Defense, rebounds and passes better than HendersonMonta Ellis:Points per game: 19.2Steals per game: 2.1Blocks per game: .4Assists per game: 6.0Rebounds per game: 3.9Gerald Henderson:Points per game: 15.5Steals per game: 1.0Blocks per game: .5Assists per game: 2.6Rebounds per game: 3.7
Idk about better defense. Those are subjective stats really. While I applaud that he has more steals I feel that there must be more indicative stats out there to prove Hendo is a better overall defender. I could be wrong but I am curious as to how many points each allows on any given night. Shooting % of the opposing player when guarded by each respectively.
So the stats that everyone uses to evaluate a player are subjective.....and you feel there must be more indicative stats out there to prove your opinion. Yet, you don't know what they are or where to find them.
Basically you think Hendo is a better defender.....just because.
I don't mean to sound like I know it all or anything, but judging how good a player is at defense based solely on steals or blocks is a TERRIBLE way to evaluate said player. Steals and blocks are nice, obviously, but a high steal rate doesn't necessarily equate to good defense. Guys like Bruce Bowen and Thabo Sefolosha are considered great defenders, but they don't average a lot of steals for their career. On the flip side Kemba averaged 2 spg and was top 5 in the league in steals, but he graded out to be an AWFUL defensive player. Actually, looking at it -- this year Thabo averaged his 2nd most amount of spg ever, but had a bad year defensively.
Just for a comparison of one on one defense between Henderson and Ellis.
Henderson gave up 0.66 points per possession when he was guarding a player in isolation.
Ellis gave up 0.81 points per possession when he was guarding a player in isolation.
Henderson gave up 0.94 points per possession when he was guarding a player in PnR (ballhandler).
Ellis gave up 0.58 points per possession when he was guarding a player in PnR (ballhandler).
I won't really say that one is better defensively than the other, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses. Henderson is the better ISO defender by far, while Ellis is the better PnR defender by far. I feel that Henderson's size sets him a bit apart from Ellis, however. That's just my opinion though. I will also say that you can't fully judge a players defense just based on these Synergy stats, because defense isn't just about you, but also the entire team, as well as the coaching. If you have a defensive minded coach that has a slower offensive system, a good rim protector, and solid defensive players around you then that will make your defensive numbers on Synergy look a ton better. Either way, though steals and blocks aren't a very good way to judge a players defense.