DC is quietly showing some improvement this year and I don't think it is being appreciated enough.
To start, our offense runs 100x better when he is on the court. It isn't just yesterday in Miami where this has happened. When DC leaves the court, our bad offense gets 100x worse and really starts to stagnate. DC is doing a MUCH better job this year being a floor general and keeping the offense moving. This will become much more apparent when we actually start hitting our shots.
Defense is hard to look at quantitatively, but to me, it seems like he is trying a hell of a lot harder this year. His defensive rating is better so far this young season (103 vs 108) and there seems to be fewer moments where he acts like a doorman.
But let us look at his offense, statistics wise. He is currently averaging 10 ppg, down from 13 ppg last year. But he is doing that on only 7 shots a game, hitting 50% of his fga and 55% of his 3pt fga. His assists per game are at 6.2, an improvement from the 5 he registered last year. And it isn't just because he is playing more minutes, as his ast% is up from 29 to 34. And he is doing all of these while his usage has plummeted from 22% to 15%.