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Old 02-08-2012, 05:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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idk about promising. i think he had an injury a few years back. but he was very very good. He played for a poor team and that team was blowing everyone apart, teams with 10x the payroll.
Amazing..... makes me wonder about NBA scouts sometimes because I don't ever recall hearing anything about this guy... even back then.

Vasquez... Podkolzine.... Petro... Ramos.... Weis... I heard rumblings about all of these guys and most of them either never came over or were absolute crap. Yet this guy slides under the radar.

And since you're here.... what ever happened to Šarūnas Jasikevičius after he left the NBA? Did he still produce when he went back to europe? I was surprised that he never made it over here....
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Physically he reminds me of Ioannis Bourousis (who abused Bargs this summer in an Italy vs Greece game). I don't know anything about Bourousis. Why is he not playing in the NBA?
idk, he should. he's making a lot in Europe. But someone should've brought him over many years ago.

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Why isn't Sofoklis Schortsianitis in nba?
i don't think he's good enough tbh. he got hyped up because he's very fat and can run and jump a little but that doesn't make you a positive NBA player.
He's like Blake Griffin who ate two pigs. No that would be Shawn Kemp, Sofoklis isn't that good.
Flashy but kind of useless. do you pay him more than a few mil that he gets in Europe?

he should join the NFL though, if I understand correctly there's a position where they need exactly the type of players like him.

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And why the hell isn't Teodosic in nba?
not quick / athletic enough. A bit like Jasikevicius used to be.
worth more $ in Europe than the NBA. Without hand checking, you really want some quickness (esp for D but also for offense). he'd get killed.


Another question - why is Diamantidis not in the NBA. He's kind of slowish as well and there are all kinds of questions if he would translate or not. And he's paid a lot.
But that's one current player that I feel bad that I won't see in the NBA.
I think he would've been exactly like Shane Battier.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:46 PM   #23 (permalink)
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goes to show that we should value fundamental skill sets more than raw athletic ability
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:49 PM   #24 (permalink)
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goes to show that we should value fundamental skill sets more than raw athletic ability
yeah, look at Jeremy Lin
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #25 (permalink)
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And since you're here.... what ever happened to Šarūnas Jasikevičius after he left the NBA? Did he still produce when he went back to europe? I was surprised that he never made it over here....
He was ok but he was past his prime.
he still won another title and made a lot of $.

he should've gone to the Cavs. That was his choice back then, Cavs or Pacers.

His biggest issues were that he's not an NBA level ball handler and a bad defender.
Everywhere he played in Europe, he always had a great ball handler next to him. Carlos Navarro, Anthony Parker and such. You let Jasikevicius touch the ball and create. But if he's in a Calderon role, you just press him and he turns it over.
Next to LeBron, he might've been a decent starting point guard.

In Indiana, he was just losing the ball way too much.
For Rick Carlisle, that's the key. You have to be someone who's safe with the ball and defends. Creativity is not important as Carlisle micromanages everything and calls all the plays anyway.
Also, Jasikevicius talks to the press a lot and in a very open way, and that doesn't help if you play with people like Artest, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley.

And in GSW, he just wasn't Don Nelson's type either. He's not someone who creates mismatches physically, he's not a one on one player. So he was useless in that system.
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I wouldn't say that Jasikevicius is a bad ball handler, he is definitely not the best one but he is not bad. Bad defender, yes..
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He was ok but he was past his prime.
he still won another title and made a lot of $.

he should've gone to the Cavs. That was his choice back then, Cavs or Pacers.

His biggest issues were that he's not an NBA level ball handler and a bad defender.
Everywhere he played in Europe, he always had a great ball handler next to him. Carlos Navarro, Anthony Parker and such. You let Jasikevicius touch the ball and create. But if he's in a Calderon role, you just press him and he turns it over.
Next to LeBron, he might've been a decent starting point guard.

In Indiana, he was just losing the ball way too much.
For Rick Carlisle, that's the key. You have to be someone who's safe with the ball and defends. Creativity is not important as Carlisle micromanages everything and calls all the plays anyway.
Also, Jasikevicius talks to the press a lot and in a very open way, and that doesn't help if you play with people like Artest, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley.

And in GSW, he just wasn't Don Nelson's type either. He's not someone who creates mismatches physically, he's not a one on one player. So he was useless in that system.
Thanks for the info. Interesting stuff.

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i don't think he's good enough tbh. he got hyped up because he's very fat and can run and jump a little but that doesn't make you a positive NBA player.
He's like Blake Griffin who ate two pigs. No that would be Shawn Kemp, Sofoklis isn't that good.
Flashy but kind of useless. do you pay him more than a few mil that he gets in Europe?

he should join the NFL though, if I understand correctly there's a position where they need exactly the type of players like him.
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Another question - why is Diamantidis not in the NBA. He's kind of slowish as well and there are all kinds of questions if he would translate or not. And he's paid a lot.
But that's one current player that I feel bad that I won't see in the NBA.
I think he would've been exactly like Shane Battier.
I've been hearing that Diam. is the best player NOT in the NBA for years now... maybe he's just having a good time in europe? I'm not surprised that some players prefer to stay over there and get treated like gods rather than being a bench player for a so-so team in the NBA. Plus, I'd gather he's making good money (by normal standards).

Didn't Spanoullis (sp?) leave HOU for those same reasons?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:18 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Sofo would be a defensive match up guy in the NBA, but the game is quicker and less physical than 10 years ago that those matchups would be far and few between.
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If we have started a discussion about Euroleague, Alexey Svhed - way more talented version of J.Bayless with more PG skills and good length at 6.6. He is shining in CSKA Moscow this year.
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How has Kirilenko looked this season? Would he be worth a look?
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If we have started a discussion about Euroleague, Alexey Svhed - way more talented version of J.Bayless with more PG skills and good length at 6.6. He is shining in CSKA Moscow this year.
Yes!! Completely forgot about him, that guy is very talented. But I would say he is more a SG than PG
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How has Kirilenko looked this season? Would he be worth a look?
Kirilenko was playing solid, but not the player i would want in TO
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Kirilenko was playing solid, but not the player i would want in TO
He'd be great on a winner if he wanted to chase a championship.... here also, but only if he has several good years left in him.
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I've been hearing that Diam. is the best player NOT in the NBA for years now... maybe he's just having a good time in europe? I'm not surprised that some players prefer to stay over there and get treated like gods rather than being a bench player for a so-so team in the NBA. Plus, I'd gather he's making good money (by normal standards).

Didn't Spanoullis (sp?) leave HOU for those same reasons?
Yes Diamantidis is the king, especially in Greece. He's also making a lot, in the $2-3 mil range after taxes.
So an NBA team would basically have to offer a full midlevel. Now he's too old to even consider it. But even if he was 5 years younger it would still likely seem too much --- he's someone who could likely fulfill Shane Battier / Grant Hill role on a team, but a full midlevel is still a lot for such a guy unless he's proven in the NBA.

It's still sad not to see him at the top level though. It was the same with Dejan Bodiroga a while back.
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He'd be great on a winner if he wanted to chase a championship.... here also, but only if he has several good years left in him.
I don't know about that he is not the same player he was, I don't think he is much better than JJ now.
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I wouldn't say that Jasikevicius is a bad ball handler, he is definitely not the best one but he is not bad. Bad defender, yes..
he's terrible by NBA standards. Even by Euro standards he wasn't very good.
We were extremely lucky to have Siskauskas on the national team at the same time as Jasikevicius, he compensated for that issue quite a bit.
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he's terrible by NBA standards. Even by Euro standards he wasn't very good.
We were extremely lucky to have Siskauskas on the national team at the same time as Jasikevicius, he compensated for that issue quite a bit.
Maybe you're right.. I think i was so amazed by his passing skills that didn't even notice that he is a bad ball handler
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Back to Pekovic. I'm very amazed how much did he improve on rebounding. He wasn't anything close to this in Europe. Defense in general is probably much better.
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Pekovic last ten games stats:
18.4ppg/10.7rpg/0.6apg/1.2bpg/.619fg%
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