Nene, not Billups, driving Denver's D

Originally Published: February 17, 2009
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to Insider
Here's a news flash: The Denver Nuggets' Nene is a better defender than former defensive player of the year Marcus Camby.

It might sound like a crazy assertion. How could the Nuggets possibly improve on defense without Camby, a member of the past four NBA All-Defensive teams who has 1,188 blocks the past six seasons? But the basketball box score does a lousy job of identifying a player's defensive contributions. On a player's stat line in an official NBA box score, only steals and blocks tell you anything about how effective a player is on the defensive end. At Insider, we know there are more revealing ways to measure a player's defensive contributions.