Re: Asik vs. Faverani
posted at 10/24/2013 10:45 PM EDT
In response to R9R's comment:
In response to wicksandrowe's comment:
In response to cole-ely's comment:
Asik seems to move way better. He seems more coordinated. He plays better D. He rolls to the basket instead of popping.
The only thing fav has on him is a shot. My guess is that on most nba teams they would give him the three and be happy, but on this c's team they will probably stay with him, just because they can.
???? Really? Have you been watching? Faverani is a legit basketball player; Asik is a space-eating, rebounder-defender. Not claiming who is better - that depends on what you need - but to say that Faverani only shoots 3s is denying the evidence.
Last night he took two 3's and made one. The rest of his points came from offensive rebounds, rolls to the basket, dunks, and post-ups. With just that sample, he showed more offensive versatility than Asik will ever have.
Really, all it takes to see the difference is to replay the seamless move where, on the move, he caught on the block on the left side of the basket, faked, spun, and curled in a lefty reverse on the other side of the lane. He recognized what was happening and what was about to happen, calculated his options, and made the move, all in less time than it takes for Bass, Green, Bradley and Lee to settle the ball in their hands. The footwork was perfect and the shot smooth. And it was all done practically before anyone knew what had happened. You will never see Asik do that.
He had six blocks, and he altered or discouraged a few more. He has long arms and great anticipation and timing, but he also has a quickness of mind to go with quick, sure hands. When he outlets out of his defensive rebounds he knows the receiver doesn't want the ball thrown behind him. He leads the guard out and up to start/maintain upcourt push up.
He's tenacious on the glass. He punched out at least 2-3 offensive rebounds adding possessions. Off the ball, he's a hyper-aware defender. In short, he has a basketball mind in a strangely gifted 6'11" body. He really and truly is a basketball player with many skills.
You may take all of this for granted, but I wouldn't know why. There isn't another player on the team who can do what he did last night.
It's a small sample size for sure, but the characteristics he has as a player are what they are.
Yeah definitely don't underestimate the fact that he's been grinding it out for 10 years in the Euro League. I can definitely see him having a strong 10 year NBA career... as a backup Center.
He came to Spain when he was 15.He averag 9 min a game.His team was nor one the lelites in the Spanish league.He is learning very fast,including the languageLots of potential