The problem with this approach in terms of defense is that it LOOKS good, but it's actually MORE ineffective. Lin's approach to defense is similar to Battier's... he doesn't try to out jump you, or out speed you, he moves his body to cut off lanes, he stays in front to funnel you to bad shooting spots, and he bodies up or sags back to give you the lowest percentage shots. It's why Lillard had ZERO assists going into the 4th quarter. All TD can do is try to deflect a pass. Lin however plays a more cerebral (and statistically more effective) form of defense. Let's do a basic math exercise. If you reduce a shooter over 10 shots from 50% to 40%, they score 18 instead of 20 points. However, a SINGLE steal has the SAME impact as 10% reduction over 10 shots. Lin gets 2.5 steals PER GAME. Now, to get an idea of how HUGE that is in terms of reducing an opponents ability to score, let's take a look at Lin's defensive plays. According to Synergy Sports.... Over 9 games, Lin was involved in 117 Defensive plays. This includes direct isolation defense, defense of the PnR ball handler, help defense, and other defense related moves. Over those 117 Defensive plays, he stole the ball 21 Times. Think about that... about 1/6 times he defends someone he STEALS the ball. That means 21/117 times the Opponent gets a BIG FAT ZERO on that play. By virtue of his quick hands, he automatically reduces the shooting percentage of his opponents by approximately 17.9%. On TOP of that he has 6 BLOCKS. Big fat ZERO's for the opponents. Toss in his ability to drive players to the right spots, stay in front of his defender, fight over picks, his willingness to take charges, AND his good rotation defense and you have a borderline ELITE defender. How Good is his Defense? According to Synergy Sports, Lin allows 0.71 Points per Possession... good enough as of tonight to rank him as 49th in the NBA. That's 49th out of ALL positions, NOT among PG's... in a league with 400+ players, MOST of whom are bigger, Longer AND Stronger than him. Where does Toney Douglas rank? 0.87 ... good enough for 151st in the League. Or above average. That said, Toney waves his arms alot.