I agree a hundred percent on ibi. Hes a much better shooter than he showed last year. He was missing quite badly. I attribute that to nerves. He’s a good shooter and will improve dramaticalky this year to the point he can’t just be left open.
I expect him to defend much better than Jordan his whole career. Ibi is the second best if if not best athlete on the team. He’s got the tools to be an elite defender if he works at it and then combines it with having thatc"dog" in him. Half of defense in my opinion is just pure effort, intensity and shear will/ hard work.
The last thing I’d consider when giving the edge to Ibi over Jordan is that Ibi is a nice option on the fast break. Ibi will run the floor/ fill the gaps and finish at the rim much more effectively than Jordan can. Jordan is actually the guy I feel like you want leading the break usually due to his good handle, elite vision, crafty finishes, and nasty pull up options. Unfortunately he’s not in that role particularly at the three. It’s obviously zavier or Simmons pushing the tempo or maar/ eli this year.
I expect us particularly if zavier starts or when he’s in at least to push the tempo heavy. I think we will see a slightly adjusted brand of beilein hoops to adjust for less shooters but superior athletes and finishers. This will tailor to ibis strengths over Jordan’s. Ibi can finish in transition with the best of them.
All this is really for naught though as we are talking 5-8 min a game at most. Hell Duncan might fill it anyways with livers getting that much more burn at the 4. Probably the most likely scenario