I believe the defensive assist button is useless this year since you can play solid on ball defense. Rather than having a button to help keep the defender in front of the offensive player, I think it would be more useful for an aggressive defensive stance or defensive modifier. The off-ball controls for it is fine, especially for Live Run, to play keep away, but for mono e mono, to me, it just feels useless. The way NHL uses the LT trigger for manual back skating (if you have auto-back skate turned off), enables you to maneuver way better on defense. When you get beat by the offensive player you would release the trigger and your controlled player turns around by your control. It could also be used to switch up your defensive position as well if you want to force the offensive player one way. NBA Live is too contextual in that part of the game, but if it were more user controlled, it could make defense more challenging, but rewarding at the same time, in my opinion. More ways to give the user control is always a good thing.
Also, another idea for defensive controls, you should be able to use the D-pad to communicate on defense. For instance, the current controls are just set for defensive quick formations, but what if you had controls to communicate with your teammates on the fly, defensively. The LT would modify defensive controls on the D-pad and you can tell the closest defender what to do. You want him to slip the pick? You want your teammate to send the defender baseline or to the middle etc. It would be good for the created player mode, if anything just to keep the user engaged on what’s happening on the floor, rather than just sitting in the corner guarding your assignment.
What do you think?