Overview: An athletic power forward with very good mobility and leaping ability, but a limited feel for the game. Mostly effective as a shot-blocker and rebounder. Displays tremendous foot speed and quickness for a player his size. Jumps out of the gym off of one leg, but isnt as explosive from a stand still. Possesses good length and passable physical strength. Needed to get back into game shape after an extended absence. Can contribute on the boards, finish at the rim, and contest shots defensively. Struggled academically and with commitment issues, had to play in a handful of domestic minor Leagues and spend some time in China to make it to the NBA out of Blinn Junior College. Spent time at the University of Houston before leaving the school for Blinn. Was the first player to be called up from the NBDL in 2001. Expelled from the League in 2006 for violating the Leagues drug policy. Reinstated in 2008, and (understandably) struggled badly in the brief looks he got. Needs to show he hasnt lost his athleticism to receive another contract after this season. A fan favorite.
Offense: An adequate offensive player due to his athleticism, not his skill. Gets the vast majority of his offense from dump downs from drives, offensive rebounds, and off of cuts. Doesnt display much of a jump shot, and prefers to attack defenders than shoot when open. Not very apt at putting the ball on the floor for more than one or two dribbles at a time. Can get to the rim when he faces a slower matchup. Moves extremely well without the ball. Will find holes in the defense. Receives a ton of passes under the basket. Can finish at a very solid clip, but is susceptible to fouling. Wont shoot a good percentage from the line. Loves to run the floor and dunk the ball. Will play above the rim when he gets a chance. Great offensive rebounder. Sets solid screens. Wont wow anyone with his production or skills, but does the little things necessary to make himself useful.
Defense: Has the foot speed and athleticism to make some impressive plays. Displays the lateral quickness necessary to guard the power forward spot and the strength to defend some centers. Will commit some silly fouls, but can be very effective in spurts. Wont always stay focused, and doesnt always get in a good stance. Loves to block shots. Will try to make some plays that he probably shouldnt. Does a good job boxing out, but cant always hold position. Doesnt explode to the ball when it comes off the rim.