Tyler Hansbrough has been playing well in the summer league, I'm really optimistic on him. I think he'll be better than anyone expects him to be, I also think he'll be a solid guy through out his career may be a better version of Udonis Haslem. He also averaged 19, 8 during his freshman and sophomore season at UNC, why do you think he didn't decide to turn pro earlier? may be winning a title for UNC?
no, he wasnt a guranteed 1st rounder. He thought about it but just never even tried to throw his name in round 1
No one ever said Tyler was a good player. He just lacks athleticism and a solid jumpshot to be an all-star caliber player. But, college experience counts for a lot. Battier played four years, as did Brandon Roy. Tyler is very smart and gregarious. He probably waited to delcare because he wanted to win a national champtionship. He didn't need the money because his father is a prominate doctor.
Dhamp...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
Tyler may be another player who actually helped himself by staying. He learned the game and dealt with a lot of doubter. He is a solid player that should have a long carreer. If he can out early he may have actually been like Madsen but since he stayed he looks more like Collison.
Flashier things get you more hype and drafted higher. I cant tell you how many bigs that people said have "big upside" just because they have good hops and never came close to panning out. Tyler is a once in a generation kind of talent in terms of alot of things that help you win but dont look good on espn. For instance, he is the best big ive seen in my memory since the hack a shack days and getting to the free throw line, where he also happens to be the best free throw shooting big in college history and will be the best in the NBA. That is one of the most devastating ways to score, because he usually gets 2 points and racks up foul trouble for the opponent. His jumpshot is extremely underrated and he will only develop it. Id say he is an average athlete for an NBA big, maybe slightly above. Another very underrated thing that people dont ever think about but plays in to factor more so than just about anything is the fact that he is always in unbelievable shape. He just wears you down over the course of a game and will hold up for an NBA season. Bottom line, there is a zero percent chance, unless of course injuries set in, that he isn't at the very least an effective role player on a good teams short bench, but I really think he is going to be a career starter in this league. In a draft like this, Id say thats a great late lottery pick.
Yea everybody calling him mark madsen, but these two are not even similar players tyler has an unlimited motor, he is psychical, decent rebounder for his size, and has improved his jumpshot his four years @ UNC, although he won't win ROY he can be a 1st team rookie or 2nd team.
P.s. Mark madsen is one of tha worst nba players n history
He will be better than most anyone thought. His early success is not a surprise, He will be a solid if not spectacular pro for years to come. No style points are awarded for excitng play except in slam dunk contests.
Why didn't he come out earlier? He's made that clear from the beginning - he liked being in college.
Another thing that most people don't appreciate about Hansbrough is that his body is very solid. He's in great shape physically, and he already takes care of his body like a pro - he's fanatical about eating right and proper nutrition and things like that.
But more than anything, his body is proportional - which isn't something you can always say about NBA players. If you look at a lot of the guys in the NBA who get hurt, you'll notice that their bodies are out of proportion to their knees and ankles, which are often small and weak. Okafor is a great example of this. But if you look at the guys who never seem to get hurt, like a Dwight Howard or a Lebron James, you'll notice that they have strong legs and everything is in proportion. Hansbrough's body is more like theirs - not in the sense that he's as big, fast, or athletic, but ONLY in the sense that his legs are strong and everything is in the right proportion (don't be a retard and accuse me of saying he's got the same body as them - that's NOT what I'm saying). Consequently, I don't think he's a guy that's going to be hurt, even though he plays with such intensity.
I remember hearing this for years until he proved everyone wrong in the combine, but one knock was that he wasn't supposed to be as athletic as he is or big for that matter. A lot of people thought he was closer to 6'7'' and his listed height at UNC was exaggerated, and everyone knew he was strong until he really shocked some people with his vertical and his lateral quickness drills in the combine
jojososa5 wrote, "Yea everybody calling him mark madsen."
Maybe a lot of people did compare him with Mark Madsen, but it was from people who subconsciously engaged in racial stereotyping. In basketball, that means white players are compared only to other white guys, while black players are compared only to other black guys. It doesn't mean the people who do that are racists, they just cannot think outside the box. Believe me, there were a fair number of people who never compared Hansbrough to a guy who is totally inept. I was waiting to see if they were also going to compare him with Brian Scalabrine.
Anyone who truly understands basketball knows the Mark Madsen comparison was absurd. He was a guy who never scored in double figures, he has no offensive skills, he was never double teamed at any point in his career, and he barely plays and/or contributes to team production.
In sharp contrast, Tyler Hansbrough was the National Player of the Year on a championship caliber team, he was constantly double teamed throughout his career, and he was an offensive power house @ NC which forced other teams to prepare for him. You can't say any of those things about Mark Madsen, that's why the comparison was a joke. The only thing they had in common was the fact they were both white power forwards.
In my opinion, there are two guys who remind me of Tyler Hansbrough, they are Leon Powe and Louis Scola. I think he will bring the same kind of effort and production they bring to Boston and Houston. Their games may not be identical, but he will score points, grab rebounds, be consistent, and become a positive contributor towards team chemistry. In essence, Hansbrough won't be an NBA star but he will make himself extremely valuable.
I like the Powe comparison, they're numbers in college were very similar and they have similar games but i think Hansbrough will be a better, in the past ten or fifteen years haven't seen anyone with a motor like Hansbroughs who didn't have green hair and wear a wedding dress for fun
Dennis Rodman? Wow. Didn't see that comparison coming!
In terms of intensity, it may be a good comparison - but their games are quite different.
Truthfully, the more I think about it, the harder it becomes to compare Hansbrough to anybody. He's got a skill-set and a physical package that, when combined with his intensity, is kind of unique. Every time you find somebody who's similar to him in one way, you almost have to discard the comparison because they're different in another way.
JoeWolf1, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he turns out to be better than Leon Powe. Right now I'm thinking that at the very least, he will do for Indiana what Powe did for Boston coming off the bench. And if he is better, he can do what Louis Scola does for Houston as a starter.
Yeah, i think you're right, his tenacity is going to provide a real spark off the bench, the type of player who comes in gets an 3 point play the old fashioned way or takes a charge. He's a real clutch performer too like Powe was in the 07' playoffs. He is going to have a hard time beating out Dunleavy for the starting 3 spot this year, but maybe in a couple years, He kind of reminds me of a poor man's Boozer right now, but if you remember right, Boozer didn't average 20 and 11 when he broke in the league with Cleveland, it took him a few years and i think in a few years Hansbrough could be a Boozer type player
JoeWolf1, I never thought of comparing Hansbrough with Boozer, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. They are far from identical in how they play, but you can make an argument that in some ways they are very similar.
tkd720man, I completely agree that he is a very unique player and most of the comparisons come up short in one way or another. Having said that, all of the comparisons mentioned are far better than the Mark Madsen reference.
As for his intensity, that is so crucial. If Darko Milicic had the same drive and intensity as Tyler Hansbrough, he would probably be an NBA All Star.