Chris “Birdman” Andersen is a great defender

The Birdman is out for tonight’s Heat v Pacers game and that could make a big difference. Miami has a very strong defensive front court. They start Bosh, who is a very canny defensive player, but there is no drop off when Bosh sits, because Birdman is an excellent defensive center. Check out the numbers from my adjusted defensive impact graph for Andersen. Warm colors (red/orange) indicate that offensive players shoot better when Birdman is on the court. Blue colors indicate that offensive players suffer when Birdman is on the court and Birdman brings the blue. See other players here.

Birdman defense

The graph shows how Birdman affects opposing FG% after adjusting for other defenders and the other offensive players on the court. Don’t take my word for it though, he also puts up amazing defensive xrapm stats.

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