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Dr. J. Naismith 06-27-2008 08:31 PM

Jawai Vows To Thrive in NBA
Can't fault the guy for being confident. I'm pulling for him. I just don't see him cracking the roster next season. I hope he proves me wrong though. ;)


Originally Posted by Cairns
Jawai, 21, is likely to be playing in a Toronto NBA singlet next season after a trade between the Raptors and the Indiana Pacers – who picked him at No.41 in yesterday’s basketball draft – is approved.


Originally Posted by Cairns
"I’m going out there to get this spot, I’m serious," he said from New York yesterday.

"I’ll definitely be playing. I’m going to work my tail off for that.

"It motivates me that I got picked in the second round.

"Thanks to Toronto and the Pacers for picking me."

Source - Click here

Gurk 06-27-2008 08:36 PM

i cant wait he'll be a beast down low. He isnt called "Baby Shaq" for nothing

LX 06-27-2008 09:09 PM

The next #15?

Gurk 06-27-2008 09:36 PM

no i think he will wear #12

Gurk 06-27-2008 09:36 PM

if you click on the link on DJN's reply it will show Nathan wearing the Raps jersey #12

LX 06-27-2008 10:38 PM

That was just photoshopped. The number I've seen him with in clips is 15.

Torontosaurus 06-27-2008 10:51 PM

This guy seems interesting, hope he turns out to be a playa.

We need someone with a mean streak to replace "Gangsta" ;)

Acie 06-27-2008 11:48 PM

He sounds like Garth Joseph, Aleksandra Radovic, Rafael Araujo and Nate Huffman all rolled into one. ;)

Kuzzy 06-28-2008 03:20 AM

I like the bigmans attitude, its not like he has to do much to get the spot, come on guys hes competing with hump.

BballWatcher 06-28-2008 10:53 AM


Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 39618)
He sounds like Garth Joseph, Aleksandra Radovic, Rafael Araujo and Nate Huffman all rolled into one. ;)

Maybe, maybe not. Radojevic and Huffman both had serious injury problems. Joseph was slower than molasses. Araujo could not grasp the game from a mental standpoint (slow as molasses to react, despite a perfect physique for the game).

I don't see Jawai becoming a 20/10 terror, but if he finds a niche he could very well become something like a volume rebounder off the bench.

jeffb 06-28-2008 11:50 AM

Nathan Jawai is already in Toronto! E. Smith ran into him last night and talked to him for 10-15 minutes.


Gurk 06-28-2008 11:52 AM

oh shit cant wait to see him play

Major 06-28-2008 11:52 AM

I hope he's #12. Just the sight of seeing another Raptors uniform with #15 on the front just gives me the chills. :baby:

Raptorfan27 06-28-2008 12:36 PM

lets "retire" 15 w/ no name on it, so noone can weaar it

Gurk 06-28-2008 12:39 PM

whoever wore that jersey number had injuries
VC then Garbo
that jersey is bad luck

Gurk 06-28-2008 01:37 PM


Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 39730)
Nathan Jawai is already in Toronto! E. Smith ran into him last night and talked to him for 10-15 minutes.


i just went on Fan590 right now, the website, and E.Smith wrote the rest of the blog. here is the link

jeffb 06-28-2008 02:05 PM

Here's a couple Youtube clips of Nathan Jawai. This guy seems pretty mobile and quick for his size.

Pre Draft workout interview:


Highlights clips:


Dr. J. Naismith 06-28-2008 07:13 PM

I just read Eric's blog on "Jaw-Why" and I think from a personality stand point I'm going to like him. He sounds like an endearing sincere guy and no doubt the next Toronto fan favourite. :clapping:


Originally Posted by Eric Smith
So, as I mentioned in a quick blog last night, I had a chance to meet Nathan Jawai.

I was coming home from dinner with my wife … just walking the streets … and I ran into the big man. Jawai had just flown in from New York, and he was wandering around town.

So I introduced myself and stood there on the street having a chat for 5-10 minutes.

The first thing that struck me - besides how nice and polite the guy was - was the fact that he looked trim! I’ll be the first to admit that I knew very little about him or his game when the Raptors (Pacers) took him at #41 on Thursday night. Scouts had talked about his upside and his athleticism and hands for a man his size … but there wasn’t much else out there about the Aussie … other than little reports or recaps on ESPN and other sites. Thus, the one thing that stood out about Jawai for me - and many of you I’m sure - was the 280-285 pounds that he allegedly weighs.

Well, with no scale available on the street, I couldn’t get an exact reading … but … Jawai certainly doesn’t look 280 to me. When I think 280 … I think … BIG; almost “fat”. Jawai looked more like 260lbs to me. He looked to be in great shape. It’s the first thing that hit me.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe if he stepped on a scale he would be 280 … but if he is … he carries it well. The guy is not overweight or pudgy. He looks solid.

And he’s THRILLED to be in Toronto. He said he knew there were a number of teams that were interested in him - in fact he thought he might be going to the Cleveland Cavaliers - but when he found out that he was coming to the Raptors he was estatic. He said, and I quote, that he “wanted” to be here.

It’s not his first time in Toronto either. He said he’s been here a couple of times before … with the Australian national team. He loves the city. And he’s going to be spending at least a couple of weeks here right now.
When I told him that some of his ‘neighbors’ from New Zealand were in town next week for a couple of exhibition games against Team Canada (Note: You should really get tickets and go support the Canadian team), he was thrilled to find out he’d have a chance to watch some ball and go say hello to some of his Kiwi friends.

He might even pop over to the Canadian side and give a quick hello to David Thomas. The Canuck has been making a name for himself in Australia for a number of years and he actually just left Melbourne to sign with Jawai’s now-former-club, Cairns.

Jawai (Note: He told me it’s actually pronounced “Jaw-Why” - Almost like two separate words: Jaw. Why.) said he was watching the NBA Draft at the ESPN Zone (restaurant) in Times Square when he found out he had been selected. However, he didn’t get to hear his name called. For those that watched on Thursday, you’ll remember that ESPN went to commercial after the NJ Nets selected Chris Douglas-Roberts at #40. When the broadcast finally came back from the break, Jawai said he saw his name on the little ticker at the bottom of the screen and realized he had just been drafted. It was sort of anti-climatic but a thrill nonetheless.

Before we ended the conversation, my wife said to Nathan “I hear they call you Baby Shaq” …

Jawai smiled and laughed and said some people have given him that tag but, respectfully, he hates it. Based on that … I’m guessing he doesn’t like ‘Aussie Shaq’ then either.

Regardless, the guy doesn’t need a nickname. He’s a just a good, down-to-earth young man that I believe fans of the Raptors will enjoy having in town.
Welcome to Toronto, Nate.

Ugo Ferst 06-29-2008 02:09 AM

Sam really rewards hustle and hardwork, and we are in desperate need of bench bigmen that can rebound, take fouls and give the all important hard fouls. If he is willing to work hard and get his nose dirty i could see him making the roster, just dont be imtimidated and give fouls on easy shots and box out your man, i could see him being a 8th or 9th man.

Apollo 06-29-2008 10:19 PM


Originally Posted by gurkang (Post 39586)
i cant wait he'll be a beast down low. He isnt called "Baby Shaq" for nothing

lol, Eddy Curry was called Baby Shaq too at one point. I hope he can rebound better than that.

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