I do think he’s made strides in terms of his defensive discipline.

Lippett started five games at cornerback in 2011 then returned as the starter for the final three games of his Michigan State career.

“I’ve been playing wide receiver my whole life. My strengths include attacking the ball, and, I mean, I probably have strengths as a corner, too, but I haven’t played corner like that,” he conceded.

While he’s played receiver since youth football, Lippett started five games at cornerback in 2011 then returned as the starter for the final three games of his Michigan State career.

“Early on,” he said, “We had three or four senior wide receivers my freshman year. I played safety in high school, and Coach D (Dantonio) knew that. Coach D is a defensive back guy, so he moved me over there, and I just started to try to embrace the position. Try to learn the technique. Try to feel out my role as best that I could. So, I started to play it my freshman year, then it opened up again my senior year, the last three games. So I just tried to take it all in, have fun out there.”

As for McGee, I do think he’s made strides in terms of his defensive discipline. I’m skeptical of him as more than a fill-in starter, but I think the Warriors can reasonably enter the playoffs with him as the backup. If McGee struggles, coach Steve Kerr has the luxury of going smaller and sliding David West over to the middle, and naturally I’d expect more minutes from Draymond Green in the middle come the postseason. So I think Golden State is in fine shape at center.

What does Jabari Parker’s second ACL tear mean for his future, the Bucks’ long-term plans and the East playoff race? Kevin Pelton evaluates the impact.

Atlanta (Paul Millsap), Milwaukee (consider Giannis Antetokounmpo a 4 for these purposes), Minnesota (same with Karl-Anthony Towns), New Orleans (Anthony Davis) and Sacramento (DeMarcus Cousins) score well in the first category.

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