• Finalizado
    FINAL
    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
  • Finalizado
    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

Stonerook, when defense turned freak

Shaun Stonerook retired as the seventh all-time stealer in Italian LEGA with 1143 steals in 11 seasons. It is a fact to consider, because we are talking about a power forward who played his entire professional career in FIBA clubs.
Shaun Stonerook was a completely unusual power forward, basically because his numerical ratio in statistical terms is beyond what is expected for an internal player. Despite having a very low points per game average (around 7 per game), his greatest contribution came from the three-point arc, which he was an acceptable shooter (one triple per game average). He was a good rebounder (just over 6 per game), but his rebound relationship points (1.21) and its very low average point-per-minute ratio (0.26) can realize us how important he was defending.

Either with the ball or without the ball. Indeed. Montepaschi Siena won six Italian Championships in a row (from 2007 to 2012) and four times the Italian Cup, and Stonerook was a key factor in every one of them. Stonerook became the team’s steals leader, thanks to a very risky defensive game plan, but effective. Under the leadership of Ergin Ataman first, and Carlo Recalcati later, the Montepaschi used and abused of 1-3-1 systems, especially Flex defense variants. The Flex is basically a 1-3-1 zone defense that turns from one side to the other on the axis of the center in the high post, depending on the movement of the ball on offense (what is known in basketball terms as strong side and weak side). The 1-3-1 requires to overtake the two men closest to the side in order to provoke turnovers, and Montepaschi Siena did it with such perfection that its game could literally called as "suicidal". Stonerook felt perfect with this role: his steals per game average in his seven years with the Siena squad is 2.5 per game (2.7 if we consider his four-year stint in Cantu), something unusual for a power forward, and its 1143 steals placed him seventh on the LEGA’s all-time list, where Riccardo Pittis is first with an amazing 1811.
Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

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