•Who should Coach Popovich start? Dewayne Dedmon or Pau Gasol?•
So, as we all know, our starter Pau Gasol broke his hand during warm up last month, and since then, Lee and Dedmon have put up great performances, but in the last 4 games, Dedmon has gotten much more minutes than Lee and has played very very well. Now Pau is expected to return this week, should Coach Pop start Dedmon or Pau?
Ok, so let's talk stats, per 36 minutes Dewayne is averaging 11.2 points, 62.4% shooting, 13.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and an offensive rating of 108.5. On the other hand, Gasol is averaging 16 points, 51% shooting, 10.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and an offensive rating of 111.3. There is no question that Pau is the better offensive player. Defensively, Dedmon has a defensive rating of 95.1 in 50 games and Pau has a defensive rating of 104.7 in only 39 games. This means that Pau has a better defensive rating than Draymond Green, kawhi, Aldridge etc... It is said that Dewayne has made the Spurs better defensively, and that is not the case, when Gasol got injured, the Spurs were allowing 98.4 ppg, and as of right now, the Spurs are still allowing 98.4 ppg. As of points in the paint, 40.6 ppg with Pau and 40.6 with Dedmon.
Now that we know that the team hasn't suffered defensively, we do know that they have suffered offensively as we are averaging less points with Dedmon than with Pau. Dewayne has done a fantastic job in the absence of Gasol, but if we wanna beat teams like the Rockets or Warriors, we would need another offensive firepower, and that is Gasol. ⚪⚫👇What do you guys think?⚪⚫👇