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Jul 01

NBA Free Agent Centers – Scouting Reports

Tyson Chandler – Center Dallas Mavericks

  • 7′ 1″, 235 lbs, 28 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    10.1 9.4 1.1 18.45

    Chandler was finally healthy for the majority of the season last year.  He started all 74 games he played in although he was expected to be challenged by Brendan Haywood.

    Chandler is long but not overly built for the center position.  He has to rely on hustle to outperform other bigs in the paint.  He has good quickness and rebounding ability and runs the floor well.  His offensive game is helped by movement away from the ball allowing lobs and close looks. When he has to make a move in the paint against a defender is where his lack of girth hurts him. He can be slow and jerky with his hook shot.  He does not have the range a team would want to stretch defenders in any way.  Nice help defense at times and good shot blocking ability.  Toughness and work ethic are what make Chandler a top available center in the league.

Marc Gasol – Center Memphis Grizzlies

  • 7′ 1″, 265 lbs, 26 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    11.7 7.0 1.7 16.88

    Gasol is the ultimate blue collar center.  He is the prototypical size for a center in the NBA.  He has the strength to dominate the paint area and keep his man away from the rim.  Offensively he has a history of getting to the free throw line consistently and averaged more than 8 free throws a game last season while shooting almost 75% from the line.  Gasol is very efficient on the offensive end with a calculated PER of 16.8.  Gasol’s numbers actually were better in the postseason last year starting with an additional 6 more minutes per game, more than 3 more points per game, 4 more rebounds per game and more blocks per game.  Amazingly, his fouls per game went from 3.3 to 3.4.  That to me is rising to the occasion.

 

Nene Hilario – Center Denver Nuggets

  • 6′ 11″, 250 lbs, 28 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    14.5 7.6 1.0 20.49

    Nene Hilario is a very athletic, quick big man who flourishes in an up-tempo offense.  He shot well from the field at 61%.  He is only an average rebounder and shotblocker which is a surprise considering his energy on the court.

 

DeAndre Jordan – Center Los Angeles Clippers

  • 6′ 11″, 265 lbs, 22 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    7.1 7.2 1.8 14.81

    DeAndre Jordan plays with a high motor and physical strength to match.  He still is very young at 22 and has only played 3 yrs in the league.

    He has not completely developed a consistent offensive game, but when he gets the ball near the rim on putbacks, he finishes at the top of the league with a field goal percentage of 68%.  He had a career year in 2010-2011 and has improved his overall numbers each of the three years he has been in the league.  Jordan is very aggressive around the rim.  He can score easily on most defenders when he gets the ball deep in the paint by using his strength, and nice quick post moves to get his high percentage layup or dunk.  Very good at using one dribble with a drop-step to get position.  Runs very well with out the ball and on breaks.  Defensively, he is big enough to guard anyone in the league and can provide nice help defense with his shotblocking.  Overall, highly athletic, great hands, doesn’t waste his time making his move.


 

 

Samuel Dalembert – Center Sacramento Kings

  • 6′ 11″, 250 lbs, 30 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    8.1 8.2 1.5 14.10

 

Greg Oden – Center Portland Trailblazers

  • 7′ 0″, 285 lbs, 23 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    11.1 8.5 2.3 23.14

 

Yao Ming – Center Houston Rockets

  • 7′ 6″, 310 lbs, 30 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    10.2 5.4 1.6 19.91

 

Spencer Hawes – Center Philadelphia 76ers

  • 7′ 1″, 245 lbs, 23 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    7.2 5.7 0.9 12.84

 

Nenad Krstic – Center Boston Celtics

  • 7′ 0″, 240 lbs, 27 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    8.1 4.7 0.4 13.17

 

Joel Pryzbilla – Center Charlotte Bobcats

  • 7′ 1″, 245 lbs, 31 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    1.8 4.0 0.4 6.22

 

Aaron Gray – Center New Orleans Hornets

  • 7′ 0″, 270 lbs, 26 yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    3.1 4.2 0.3 11.07

Kwame Brown – Center Charlotte Bobcats

  • 6′ 11″, 270 lbs, 29yrs
    PPG RPG BLKPG PER
    7.9 6.8 0.6 12.89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=TopFreeAgents2011-110630

http://www.nbapostup.com/

http://www.insidehoops.com/players.shtml

http://nbaplaybook.com/player-scouting-reports/player-scouting-report-mike-bibby/

http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/nba-player-scouting-reports

http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/per.html

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics/_/sort/VORPe

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