The NBA was studded with historic high-scoring performances last week, with four players, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Devin Booker, and Karl-Anthony Towns, all breaking the 60-point barrier. In fact, Doncic and Embiid both scored more than 70 points, with the former scoring 73 points with unprecedented efficiency. However, while most fans enjoyed these scoring explosions, some veterans of the sport, including former Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, believe the apparent lack of defense is a major concern for the NBA.
Posting on his official X account, the former Warriors champion agreed with ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the league needs to give defenders more room to play more physical defense. In addition, Bogut expressed his frustration that the current state of the NBA and even the NBL in Australia makes it difficult for him to watch games.
“The @nba regular season games are difficult to watch currently. Even the @NBL is falling into the ‘high score is what the fans want’ trap. FIBA games that consistently exceed 100 points are excessive. Let’s make defense great again!”, wrote Andrew Bogut.
The @nba regular season games are hard to watch at current.
The @NBL is also falling into this trap of “high scoring is what the fans want”
FIBA games consistently going over the 100’s is overkill.
Make Defense Great Again! https://t.co/Mj1SqqqO1c
– Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) January 29, 2024
Indeed, the NBA is seeing an increase in offensive production around the league, thanks to increased spacing. Teams are also adopting much more advanced offensive systems, making it easier for elite scorers like Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid to tear defenses apart.
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