It's really an unfortunate situation for Dre this year, when you think about it. He offers a heckuva lot, basketball-wise, but almost entirely on one end of the court -- and it happens to be the one end of the court where this team really doesn't need all that much help. So while Andre has tons to give to the team on offense, the team only needs him for his defense. A stalwart, 6-4 wing defender could really go a long way towards helping this team shore up its defensive vulbnerabilities. And yet, this is the one thing Andre hasn't been able to provide.
But for all the talk of Dre's "inconsistency," in reality, the only thing that has actually varied widely has been his minutes. His total scoring output has been up-and-down, true, but (as gus has shown here and elsewhere) this has largely been a factor of his minutes, not his shooting. His per-minute performance, I believe, is not nearly as variable. And, like his shooting, his defense has also been fairly consistent, albeit consistently below par.
It's hard to say what exactly Dre can do to fix this before the end of this season. He doesn't have the best lateral quickness, so keeping his man out of the lane is a challenge -- improving that is a matter of physical training and off-season drills. And his help D is not the sharpest, either -- a matter of precise timing and focus, also a candidate for improvement in the off-season. I would point out that at times this season he has had some limited success in off-ball, pass-denial defense. Nonetheless, he hasn't put it all together on D, and at this point in the year, I'm not even sure if Ozzie believes he will magically "figure it out." It certainly would be nice if he did, however, because I can't think of anything this team needs more desperately.
Last edited by Jderf; 03-05-2012 at 11:20 AM.
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