We wanted to focus a number of our tests on the defensive end. We started with Pick Pocket and Defensive Stopper. Defensive Stopper will also lower the badge level of your matchup. This may be the most significant bronze badge that every player needs to have.
Steal vs X/Square
We attempted 300 steals with the stick and 300 steals with the X button to figure out if there is a difference between the 2. The dribbler had 80 ball control and the defender had 94 steal. No badges were involved.
|Button||Steal %||Poke Free %||Foul %||Force Pickup %|
|X / Square||5.6%||15.6%||4%||11.3%|
For this test we used a ball handler with playmaker caps and adjusted the ball handling with each test. We attempted 250 steals with a 6’6 point guard with Lockdown defender caps with Hall of Fame, Gold, Bronze and no Badge. The most significant thing we took from this test was that a lockdown defender will struggle to steal from a playmaker but should be able to cause problems for all other archetypes.
|Opponent Ball Handling||Badge||Steal %||Foul %||Poke Free %||Force Pickup %||Failed Attempt|
|94||Hall of Fame||5%||11.25%||2.75%||9.5%||71.5%|
|87||Hall of Fame||6.75%||10.25%||5.5%||10%||67.5%|
|80||Hall of Fame||8.25%||10%||7.75%||12.25%||61.75%|
|73||Hall of Fame||10.75%||7.5%||8.75%||14%||59%|
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What we know
Defensive Stopper lowers your opponents badge level when it activates. It is not guaranteed to activate on every shot attempt. The badge only lowers opponent badges of equal or lesser value. This means that the only way to lower a Hall of Fame Badge is to have Hall of Fame Stopper. If you do have HoF stopper you will lower your opponents offensive badge ratings to silver. All Offensive badges can be effected by Stopper, including passing badges.
What is the difference between a shot contest with Hall of Fame defensive stopper and a shot contest with no badge? With that question in mind we took 2000 contested jump shots with Paul George. We created identical defenders, the only change between them being the defensive stopper badge.
|Badge||Number Made||Shooting %|
|Hall of Fame||118||23.6%|
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What to expect in the future
We would like to test block rating to see exactly what effect it has. In addition we will add Rim Protector in a future release.