Overview: A veteran center who can make an impact as a role player due to his size and activity level. Lost the 2008 season with a torn rotator cuff. Good size and length for the center position. Strong frame. Decent mobility and explosiveness for his size despite his age and history of injuries. Has never been known as much of an offensive threat. Brings a lot to the table on the defensive end due to his size and rebounding ability. Needed a few seasons at Texas Tech to develop the offensive skills he shows today. Had a breakout junior season before declaring for the draft. Was a very serviceable complimentary player from day one in the League, although never quite lived up to his status as a top-5 pick. In the NBA at this point for his defense mainly.
Offense: Not overly skilled or productive on this end. Gets almost one third of his offense in post up situations, but also does the little things like rebounding on the offensive end and working off the ball. Displays a pretty consistent midrange stroke for a player his height. Good catch and shoot guy from the free throw line in. Will even take jumpers off the dribble, but only if he has a wide open look. Not a great ball handler, but can put the ball on the floor if he has to. Likes to turn over his left shoulder into his right handed hook. Does a good job protecting the ball and going into his move as soon as he receives the ball. Quality offensive rebounder due to his size. Does a good job moving without the ball and setting screens on the perimeter. Rarely gets to the free throw line.
Defense: A quality defensive player who knows how to use his size to make some plays. Does a good job defending the post, and while he isn't a lock down guy, he never fails to get a hand up. Moves his feet well, but doesn't over commit when stepping out to guard the perimeter. Isn't a great shot blocker, but will challenge some shots when the play comes to him. Displays sure hands in the paint, will get some steals and rebound at a respectable level. Will commit some smart fouls, but isn't overly physical.