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The NBA is evolving at a rapid pace offensively. Sadly, the defense is regressing at a rapid pace as well.
Everyone wants to run on offense, but it seems as if no one wants to defend at a high level. Players seem to moan and groan about demanding defense and the pace of the game. Since the NBA is a players league, coaches have adapted their schemes to fit the desires of the players, but has that helped put the best overall product on the floor?
Former NBA All-Star Isiah Thomas isn't happy with the defense in the NBA right now at all.
The Hall of Famer doesn’t want to compare Stephen Curry to players from earlier eras because today's perimeter defense is so bad.
Around the league, many of the players praised as the best in the league are HORRIBLE defensive players. James Harden is considered by many the best shooting guard in the NBA, but he can't stop a nose bleed out there. To his defense, he's not the only poor defender on the perimeter right now. Rather than take time to fix poor fundamentals, coaches have just switched to playing at a faster pace, hoping they can out shoot guys in the long run.

Is Defense Worse Than It Has Even Been Right Now In The NBA?

Yes but that doesn't mean Steph Curry is on his way of becoming one of the greatest of all time.
It definitely is getting worse all the time. I can't stand it. I love basketball, but it's hard to get excited about high scoring games when they're almost all high scoring. Great execution on offense used to make the highlight reel because it was hard, but now almost every team can execute on the offensive end because defenses are soft. It's a damn shame. Remember when Kyle Korver was considered below average because all he could do was shoot? He didn't exactly improve defensively, yet last year he was an all star. Even in the span of a few years it's changed that much. I'm worried for the future of the sport.