Originally Posted by tebowharvin
They key difference in football and basketball is the concept of field possession. In football a great defense, especially one that creates turnovers or is indirectly supplemented with great special teams, HELPS the offense's chances. But in basketball the game is just trading possessions. Only wild turnovers, in basketball, that lead to fast breaks are nearly the only comparable examples of defense affecting the offensive output...
Your point about football and special teams is a good one but it is often true in basketball also. great defense in basketball often leads to easy transition points and higher, more efficient scoring. Great defense in basketball often means blocking shots, and creating turnovers which, in turn, lead to fast break points which are also high percentage opportunities which also means efficient offense. Of course, you at least partially recognize this in your post.