On the defensive end, Caruso has always performed very well, but many people did not expect that in the new season, he is the league’s best defensive rating player. In an interview, Lakers coach Vogel said that Caruso is ubiquitous on the defensive end, which reminds him of Paul George, who once coached the Pacers.
In this league, it is not easy to find a player to compare with Caruso, because Caruso is such a special player. Technically speaking, he is a point guard, but in a lineup, he seems to be more valuable as a second point player. He can shoot and score, but he is a player that is often overlooked by opponents. Although Caruso has the ability to start, he is often a bench player.
Obviously, when the Lakers coach Vogel remembered Caruso’s performance for the first time, Vogel recalled, “When we were in training camp last season, I saw him His defense is everywhere, his instinct on the defensive end, and his athleticism on the court reminds me of Paul George, who I once coached. At that time, I told my coaching staff, is it crazy what I see here? ”
During the first seven years of his career, Paul George played under Vogel. During this period, George was selected to the All-Defensive Team three times, including the first team of the 2014 All-NBA Team. So Vogel Comparing Caruso with Paul George back then is a very big compliment.
Today Caruso has not entered the best defensive team, it is too early to say whether he can achieve such an achievement. But in the past two years, Caruso has proven that he is one of the best defensive point guards in the league. This season, Caruso has the best defensive rating in the NBA among players who have played at least 15 minutes per game, 98.5 points per 100 possessions, which is even better than Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
Again, this kind of performance still does not guarantee that Caruso will be able to enter the best defensive team, but he does have a very strong performance on the defensive end. If he does not get such an honor, perhaps he will not be against Caruso. What kind of impact he has, he is only 26 years old and has won the NBA championship. In the offseason of 2019, Caruso and the Lakers signed a two-year contract worth 5.5 million US dollars. This summer, he is expected to get a larger offer.
Caruso is not Paul George, but now he is playing well. In the Lakers this season, Caruso averaged 18.8 minutes per game, 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks. His field goal percentage was 46.4% and his three-pointer percentage was 44%.
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