Back on Nov 7th, I wrote this post making the argument that Dejuan Blair should be starting over Samuel Dalembert...and got roasted for it. With another month in the books, has the data shifted to show Dalembert to be the player with a more impact? No, not really. Facing off against the team with the best record in the west, Rick Carlisle opted to start Blair who had his best showing this seasons with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Dalembert was even outplayed by Bernard James who played great with 5 points, 6 rebounds, and a block. Dalembert was completely ineffective in the game. Now, this was an uncharacteristically bad game for him as he has been putting up some solid numbers for us and leads the team in blocks. However, it prompted me to look at the stats and see how he and Blair are looking now.
If we dig a little deeper looking at advanced stats, we see a similar NetRtg differential between the players.
Even more telling though is perhaps looking at opponents fast break points and points in the paint in which we see Blair looks to allow nearly 10 points less than Dalembert.
I'm not certain if Blair's last 2 starts were simply matchup decisions or if the bruised ribs Dalembert received back on November 12th are impacting his game... and I'm well aware that Blair's scrappy play will get him into foul trouble often, but the numbers right now look about the same they did back in early November and I'd expect to see Blair starting more often until Wright returns...