Ranking top 10 matchup nightmares 

December, 20, 2012
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Russ Smith/Anthony Bennett/Doug McDermottUS Presswire/Icon SMIRuss Smith, Anthony Bennett and Doug McDermott are three of the most difficult players to defend.
As a head coach, you plan for both your opponents' best actions and their best players. Personally, I always felt it was easier to defend against a system than it was to defend against a player who has an elite ability to create plays either for himself or for his teammates. Tricky plays are tough to defend against; tricky players can be impossible to stop.

Good players earn the respect of opposing coaches, but the players your defense must contain for your team to win are the ones who keep head coaches up at night, which is why I call them "matchup nightmares."