Defensive Score Sheet: Purdue at Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan’s defensive effort against Purdue was solid overall, but one player stood out above the rest. Caris LeVert was Michigan’s star on the defensive end.

LeVert was everywhere on the floor and was causing turnovers, defending fast breaks, and snatching rebounds. This was one of the best games of LeVert’s career, and definitely his best on the defensive side of the ball. Despite all of that, LeVert’s numbers jump off the page. 10 forced misses and five forced turnovers are very impressive numbers and LeVert accounted for over a third of Michigan’s defensive stops on the game after factoring in his rebounding.

LeVert has taken some flack for his inconsistency on the defensive end of the floor, but he’s starting to find a new level of productivity. He’s vitally important to Michigan’s defensive success and his ability to play like he has been in the last few games could determine how far Michigan goes this season – both in conference play and beyond. LeVert’s length played a big role against Purdue as he got multiple deflections both on the perimeter and near the basket.

Find additional individual thoughts on Michigan’s individual defensive effort after the jump.

  • Jordan Morgan graded out above Jon Horford for the fourth consecutive game. Morgan’s leadership along the back line of the defense is improving and is starting to resemble his play early last season or during his sophomore season. The fifth year senior battled against AJ Hammons, who got a few baskets but was mostly ineffective.
  • Similar to on the offensive end of the floor, Derrick Walton had a few freshman moments but was otherwise impressive. Walton did an okay job against Ronnie Johnson and a great job against Bryson Scott. Walton has demonstrated the quickness to keep up with Keith Appling and Ronnie Johnson in the last week, something that bodes well for the future.
  • Glenn Robinson III’s numbers are interesting. He didn’t get many stops, but he didn’t defend many positions either. That’s probably because Basil Smotherman and Errick Peck are secondary options in the Purdue offense, but it would be nice to see a more consistent rebounding effort from the 6-foot-6 athlete.
  • Zak Irvin needs to continue to do a better job of defending and closing out on jump shooterskk. He’s struggled on the defensive end in the thick of Big Ten play, but I still think he has the tools to be a plus defender down the line.
  • Spike Albrecht struggled in the first half as he was beaten a couple times and sent Purdue to the line, but he was much better in the second. The Boilermakers tried to shoot four jumpers in about 2 minutes time over Albrecht and all of them rattled out.
Previous Defensive Score Sheets:

Find the full calculations regarding the defensive score sheet here. The primary stats that may be unfamiliar are:

  • FM – Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
  • FTO – Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
  • FFTA – Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
  • DFGM – Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
  • DFTM – Allowed Free Throw Made

Defensive Rating (DRtg) is calculated based on the stops and scoring possessions assigned to the player, it’s an estimated measure of points per 100 possessions.

  • Mattski

    Conducting an informal poll. Who do readers think has more NBA upside, Caris or Nik?

    • guestavo

      Caris has significantly more upside than any not named Glenn Robinson III on our roster. Nik has the highest floor.

      • mike

        Nik could turn into a top notch shooter at the nba level. Caris doesn’t have a skill that stands out. He could certainly develop into a better prospect but as it stands now Nik is way ahead of him.

        • guestavo

          That’s what “high floor” means. Caris is obviously more physically promising, younger and more athletic than Nik.

        • Mattski

          As I commented in the other thread, Nik is 11 months older. They’re both incredibly neat players–and such comparisons are, as they say, invidious–but I think that Caris could blossom into more of an all-around great NBA player.

        • mike

          So what do you guys view niks floor as maybe a Wesley person type in the nba. Ceiling jj redick? Caris floor non nba, ceiling maybe turner out of OSU couple of years ago?

          • guestavo

            Nik : Drazen Petrovic, Mike Miller, Rex Chapman, Joe Johnson, Chandler Parsons.

            Caris is a better shooter than Evan. I think we need to wait a year to see what areas of his game start to become ELITE. His herky-jerky style reminds me of Manu Ginobili. I also see glimpses of Manny Harris, Ronnie Brewer, Larry Hughes and Jamal Crawford.

          • mike

            I like the Larry Hughes I can see that.

  • Dana

    I’m curiou how this is compiled. For instance when they were in zone and Walton left the huge lane for the drive the big got picked so he couldn’t pick him up. The bottom outside zone man was too far out covering the 3point shooter. Irvin rotated all the way from far side getting there as it was layed in. This was far outside Irvins zone responsibility. 2 other defenders messed up but Irvin was there as it was layed in. Does being there mean he is charged with the field goal make?

    • Don’t remember that exact play, but plays like that are generally split. Perhaps half credit to person that got screened, half credit to the person that was late helping.

      That’s how you end up with the half numbers in the raw stats.

      It’s definitely open to interpretation on almost every play, but it at least gives some basis. http://www.deuce2sports.com/ also tracks defensive score sheets and their results have been similar to mine which provides some confidence.

      • Dana

        I’ll go to the link in a minute I’m just trying to get an understanding because I’m watching the replay now and I’ve already got Irvin down for 2 stops. He’s given up one bucket in half court and a bucket on a fast break which I’m curious if fast break baskets count? It’s not really individual so it doesn’t seem like it should.

        I’m also curious about if your guy shoots and you have nothing to do with them missing do you get credit. I ask because LeVert just contested Smotherman nicely and he missed that should be reqarded but with around 11 to go in the 1st half LeVert was on the ground by the lane while his guy clanked a 3, that doesn’t seem like it should count for your defensive stats.

        I guess what I’m getting at is it seems like there should be bad situations thar you can only make a positive mark on your D but no negative. (Stopping a fast break) And situations where you can only get negative marks by result no positive marks.( your man shooting wide open)

        • Some of the things you are describing will fall under team (fast break layups, jump shots when no one rotates over, etc.)

          • Dana

            Thanks. I wasn’t prepared to give Levert as much credit as he deserves last night. Upon replay he has played fantastic. Still a few shots we didn’t need but wow, what a game!

  • guestavo

    If LeVert and Morgan can consistently anchor our defense and Irvin, Robinson and Walton take the necessary leaps, we can go from a strictly elite offensive team to having a bit more symmetry.

    • Dana

      Agreed, LeVerts help in this game has been tremendous. Morgan is always solid. Walton is improving by the game. Irvin got a bad rap on these stats, I just rewatched the game and2 of the 3 FG they scored against Irvin should have been under team. But his D definitely needs to take a step. He’s sound but late in rotation which has and should continue to improve. It looks like they should be peaking at the right time if they can keep the offense clicking.

      • guestavo

        Irvin has all the physical tools to be an elite defender and when the game slows down, he will make quite a dynamic duo with LeVert on the perimeter D next year.