In the 43 years since they started giving away NBA All-Defensive awards - 95% of the Championship teams included a player on their roster that was recently selected to the All-Defensive FIRST Team or All-Defensive SECOND team. That's 40 out of the last 42 Championship teams.
The team that wins the Championship this year, will make it 41 out of 43... as LeBron James was named to the All-Defensive 1st team this year, and Dwyane Wade was an All-Defensive 2nd team selection the last two years....AND the Dallas Mavericks have Tyson Chandler, who was named to the All-Defensive 2nd team this year.
41 out of 43..... That's a pretty high percentage... and what's more amazing is that the two teams that didn't have a "recent" All-Defensive selection, eventually DID. In other words, a player on their Championship roster eventually was selected to the All-Defensive team in a subsequent year.
Is it any wonder that if you look at the teams at the top of the standings over the last several seasons there are always teams with players named to the All-Defensive team? Miami (Wade, James), Lakers (Bryant), Celtics (Garnett, Rondo), Bulls (Joakim Noah).... Even some of the newer additions to the Playoff picture are following the pattern..... See OKC with Thabo Sefolosha and Memphis has Tony Allen.
Detroit when they won their Championship in 2005, had Ben Wallace and Tayshawn Prince. The Spurs at one point had BOTH Tim Duncan and David Robinson... and later Duncan and Bruce Bowen. During the three-peat years, the Lakers had Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.
Everyone keeps saying it....... It was true 43 years ago... and it's still true today: Defense wins Championships.
If there is a "to do list" for the Wizards rebuild, the first two lines should read, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
1. Draft or trade for another Super Star to play along side John Wall
2. Draft or trade for a lock down defender... a potential All-Defensive 1st Team type player.
Drafting a guy like Chris Singleton, even though he may not be the most polished offensive player, and even though he may need to work on certain aspects of his game - is, in my opinion, just as important as getting John Wall a running mate. Of all the players in this draft, Singleton is the ONE player that has the combination of physical tools, skills and mental attitude that could make him an elite defender in the NBA.
Will he be elite? Will he be one of the 10 best defenders in the League? Will he ever be selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team? No one can know for sure... but in this draft, where there doesn't seem to be a Super Star to pair with John Wall, it might be in the Wizards best interest to look for that OTHER ingredient needed for a Championship roster: Defense.