The Case For and Against Asik
posted at 12/18/2013 5:25 PM EST
When Asik was on the floor, the Rockets allowed only 103.95 points per 100 possessions. But when he was off the floor, that number ballooned up to 111.86 points.
That's an absurd difference of 8 points, supporting the belief that Asik is one of the elite defenders of the NBA. But you might be asking, "Well, when Asik was off the floor, more often than not, the rest of the starting unit would be too, so the numbers are skewed."
But that isn't the case. In fact, the numbers are more staggering if Houston's starting core was on the floor sans Asik. So, when Harden and Parsons were both always on the floor, and Asik was either on or off, check out these numbers:
Omer Asik Points Per 100 Possessions On the Floor 104.31 Off the Floor 114.09
Again, the numbers show that Asik is an impact defender whenever he's playing. With the starting core still on the floor, but Asik off, the Rockets allowed almost 10 more points per 100 possessions. These numbers are jaw dropping, and once again signal that he is undeniably one of the best defenders in the NBA.
This season, because of SportVU player tracking, we know that Asik ranks near the top of the league at grabbing contested rebounds, with 46.1 percent. For the sake of comparison, here are Asik's numbers this season compared to a handful of some of the league's best rebounders.
Name Rebounds Per 36 Minutes Contested Rebounds Per Game Contested Rebound Percentage Kevin Love 13.6 5.4 39.4 Dwight Howard 13.2 4.6 34.5 David Lee 9.8 3.3 33.3 Roy Hibbert 8.8 4.3 48.1 Omer Asik 6.8 3.1 46.1
The column you really want to be looking at is the fourth one, as I believe contested rebounds secured provides a glimpse into how competitive a player is when fighting for a ball. After all, grabbing a rebound with no one around you doesn't hold the same value as one with an opponent nearby.
But if Asik were acquired, it would mean the Celtics lose one of their own best defenders in Brandon Bass. So, who would start at power forward? Would Jared Sullinger, who seems to be getting better each night, move to the four?
Kris Humphries, who I believe would be the best choice to start if Bass were traded. Humphries isn't as good of a man-to-man defender as Bass, but he's a better rebounder, which, in my opinion, makes up for any difference in defensive skills.
Humphries averages 11 rebounds per 36 minutes over the course of his career, compared to only 7.6 for Bass. Even though rebounding isn't usually included into discussions about defense, it should be; a possession isn't concluded until a shot is made or a rebound is secured, anyway.
For detail on the rest of the Pros and Cons go to the story @ http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/12/17/5219894/the-pros-and-cons-of-trading-for-omer-asik-boston-celtics-houston-rockets
Pro: Asik would help the Celtics in the future
Con: The chemistry could be disturbed
What about Asik's "poison pill" contract?
If ownership is willing to pay Asik $14.9MM when his cap hit for 2014-15' will only be $8.4MM I think it's fair to say that CELTIC OWNERSHIP IS NOT CHEAP!!!