I heard about this on Randy Galloway today. According to a system developed by David DuPree, Dirk Nowitzki is the 4th best defensive center/power forward in the NBA. I agree that Dirk is a lot better at Defense this year than he’s been in the past, but I’m not sure if he’s shot up that far. I think the flaw in the system is that it relies too much on free throws and rebounds. Free throws really have nothing to do with defense and rebounds don’t automatically make you a defensive stud. Anyway, it’s interesting that Dirk is getting some credit for improving his D.
Check out the article here.