Throughout the week some of you drop some brilliant or at least somewhat thoughtful comments and so this is a try at highlighting some of them. Disclaimer: It’s not that I necessarily agree with all of them, but they were interesting and for the most part, well put. Consider everything [sic’d].
Expectations for Chewblocka. /wookiesound (Kirk): I have read all about Ibaka on numerous websites and watched just about every video of Ibaka there is to watch, from when he was in high school up through some of his games in the NBA. There is no doubt that this guy is oozing with athleticism.
Ibaka’s timing on blocking shots is flawless. He almost never jumps too early to block a shot. He looks like he could be a premier shot blocker once he earns more minutes in the NBA. And I belive he has a 42″ vertical jump, and for a 6′10″ guy that is flat out amazing leaping ability. That is actually an incredible vertical for any player regardless of size, but for someone that is 6′10″, that is almost unheard of. So he can get up and block just about any shot that comes near him.
His offensive game should come around quite nicely too. He has good range w/ his shot for a big man and can step out and knock down a mid-range jumper and he can occasionally step behind the 3 pt and line and knock down a trey. And obviously he can throw down dunks and score points off of offensive rebounds.
I’ve seen Ibaka comparisons to Shawn Kemp, which I think are too lofty of expectations. I just think that’s too much for him to live up to, b/c that is basically saying he will turn out to be a hall of famer, which is just too far of a stretch right now. But if all the stars align, he has the right work ethic, strong desire and the passion to keep getting better and if OKC keeps developing him at a nice pace, he could turn out to be something very special. I do like to compare him to a better version of Tyrus Thomas on down the line though, which I think is a more realistic comparison than Shawn Kemp. I think he has about the same athletic ability as Tyrus did when he first broke into the league, but I just think Ibaka has better work ethic and has more desire to get better than Tyrus, which is why I compare him to a better overall version of Tyrus Thomas in the future.
I would like to see him bulk up just a bit more and put on another 10-15 pounds or so of muscle to help him bang with post players inside and score more in the paint, but I don’t want to see him put on more weight than 10-15 pounds b/c I don’t want too much weight that it would hinder his leaping ability or slow him down too much, b/c he has too good of leaping ability and speed for a big man, I would hate to seem him lose a step if he put on alot more weight.