[NBA] Claxton confidence, “I’m one of the best defenders in the NBA.”
Clarkston, the core of Brooklyn’s defense, praised himself for his defense.
The Brooklyn Nets lost 98-106 in an away game against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2022-2023 NBA regular league at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on the 17th. One-two punch Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were all unable to fill the gap due to injuries. Brooklyn lost three games in a row.
Despite the defeat, Nick Claxton’s performance was brilliant. Claxton struggled with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. Claxton’s performance is not just a flash. This season, Claxton has an average of 12 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.7 block shots. The 2.7 block shot is the number one overall NBA record.
This season, Claxton’s appearance is the center itself Brooklyn wanted so much. Claxton is guarding the bottom of the net with his exceptional block shot ability and succeeding in attacks fed by Durant and Irving. Claxston’s field goal success rate this season is 72.9%, ranking first in the NBA overall.
Claxton is also very encouraged by his performance. Claxton said, “I’m defending all five times, and I’m at the top of the NBA block shooting rankings. He said, “I play the anchor of the team in defense and participate in all defensive situations.” 사설토토
As he said, Claxton’s defensive presence this season is great. Claxton has been considered a big man since the time of the draft, but he has been considered to have the mobility to defend the guard position, which remains robust. The rim protection ability, which was considered somewhat unfortunate, has improved significantly and has emerged as the core of the team’s defense. Claxston’s defensive rating this season is 106, the best among Brooklyn players. Defensive Winshare is also best at 2.2.
Brooklyn’s defensive rating this season was 111.7, ranking seventh overall in the NBA. Last season’s defensive rating was 112.8, ranking 19th overall in the NBA. It is a great development. There is definitely Claxston at the center. Brooklyn faced a crisis after Durant was absent for a month due to a knee ligament injury. Irving in offense and Claxston in defense are more important than ever.