JJ On Defense: Making It Better

LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks fight for the ball in the second half at Staples Center on February 22 2011 in Los Angeles California. The Lakers defeated the Hawks 104-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Justin DeFeo of Nets are Scorching examines Joe Johnson's defense and finds that "Johnson is a better than average defender and will be an improvement over any shooting guard the Nets had last season." Johnson, he writes excels on post-up and iso defense (just as he does on offense), but is lacking a bit on defending close-outs, perhaps a function of declining speed.

DeFeo specifically cites JJ's "cadet-like discipline" in guarding against even the best ball fakes in the NBA, noting, "Johnson does a great job of not biting. Jab steps and shot fakes do nothing to faze him, as he holds his position, feet glued to the hardwood, even when dealing with clever schemers like Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce."

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