Numbers Game: How Consistent are Defenses?
Numbers Game: How Consistent are Defenses?

This article is part of our Numbers Game series.

Defensive rating is an easy catchall for the overall quality of a team's defense. It is a measure of how many points an opposing team averages per possession. It tracks the direct objective of a defense – to stop the other team from scoring. Since scoring is such a major part of the fantasy game, defensive rating is one of the advanced stats most used by analysts and managers alike.

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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