Overview:A third string center who provides size and six fouls, and doesnt need (or want) to touch the ball offensively. Has good size for a center and an even better wingspan. Possesses average athleticism for a player his size. Not an option offensively. Isnt the dynamic defender or rebounder that he needs to be to compensate for his shortcomings on the offensive end. Doesnt take a lot of risks, making him a good spot player, but not one that warrants extended minutes. Smart and seems to understand his teams offense. Had a nice four year career at Stanford, but didnt stand out all that much. Selected by the Jazz in the second-round and has played there ever since. Had a couple semi-productive years as a backup, but has seen his production drop significantly to the point that his multi-year contract looks highly questionable. Will become a free agent in the summer of 2010.
Offense: A non-factor offensively who doesnt have the skills to warrant any touches on this end of the floor. Gets the vast majority of his touches as a hustle player in the post, but will also get the chance to spot up and work with his back to the basket on occasion in garbage time. Doesnt look to score. Has a relatively decent looking jump shot, but lacks ideal follow-through hurting his consistency badly. Gets some catch and shoot opportunities, but isnt a threat at all outside of 12-14 feet and will be dared to shoot the ball by defenses if he catches it any further out. Not going to accomplish much when he puts the ball on the floor. Not assertive or comfortable when hes operating with his back to the basket. Will fight for position, but always looks to face up. Gets very few opportunities going towards the rim when he posts up. Works relatively hard off the ball. Will give his man a big target and go up strong, but is a questionable finisher due to his poor leaping ability. Goes to the line at decent rate relative to the few touches he gets. Shoots a poor percentage when he gets there. Always a candidate to be fouled when he gets a chance to finish. Not going to do much with the ball in his hands unless hes right at the rim. Wont be asked to do much on the offensive end in the few minutes he plays. Is a relatively decent passer for his size.
Defense: An average defender that is good for six fouls, decent positional defense, and an occasional rebound. Doesnt block many shots for a player his size. Lacks the quickness and anticipation to be a factor coming over from the weak side, although is very effective at drawing charges. Struggles in one-on-one situations, doing a great job moving his feet and getting a hand up, but often hacking his man at the rim. Will fight for position underneath, but lacks the lower body strength to maintain it. A poor rebounder who usually loses the battle on the glass to quicker players. Will box out and go after the ball off the rim, but lacks rebounding instincts. Lacks the footspeed to consistently get stops when his man faces up. Gets in a good stance and works hard, but is limited defensively by his instincts and athleticism.