I think the teams with the best defenders shouldn’t be switching anything and should rather play help D if the defender gets beat. Switch everything is a bailout for poor defenders who cannot fight over screens or recover onto their man
Switch everything relies on the entire team having a higher defensive IQ. It covers for athletic deficiencies by relying on a more team based, intelligent defence. Its a bailout for players who arent the fastest but with the additional cost of forcing the
Switching defense is specifically optimal when you have good individual defenders. You take away the separation created from trying to go over or under screens and force the ball handler to try and create or beat his man 1 on 1 where individual defense is
Do the raptors make kawhi switch?
We dont really make him to do much in defense anyway, at least not right now. Pascal and Green take on the best wings and guards.
Micro load management
Players like Klay, Curry, Harden, etc need a split second or half a step to pull off an efficient shot. Unless the defender is super fast and strong that can fight the screen AND recover to contest the shot, its just better to switch it to the guy that is