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Alexis Ajinca........

Ok wondering, What are your predictions for this guy as a player.
Ajinca is oozing with potential and will he make any kind of impact next year? If not then when?


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whats his playtime looking

whats his playtime looking like? Cant see LB playing him more than the 6mpg that he got last season..

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Ajinca only wishes he had

Ajinca only wishes he had Ibanks talent. Years away from mediocrity.

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I know that the dude is

I know that the dude is rediculously long, with like a 7'9" wingspan or whatever... he is a little bit raw, but I think defensively he can make an impact. Offensively, he needs a little work. If they can just throw him lobs, or just have him run the floor and get garbage buckets, then his numbers will actually be somewhat decent...

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Gain about 30 lbs, hit the

Gain about 30 lbs, hit the weights, and play a little bit in the paint because right he's allergic, and maybe you have a good player

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Hahahah okay

so basically can u classify him: BUST
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You might as well

I dont see any of that happening so yea lol...

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He was drafted by LB as a

He was drafted by LB as a project so don't write him off. He could become a solid backup to Okafor and MAYBE one day could start at the 5 and move Okafor to the 4. Only problem with that is Diaw is one of the most versitile 4's in the league and had a MAJOR resurgence after he left Phoenix. I'd expect him to be next years Hedo Turkoglu if Charlotte makes the Playoffs (not saying they're going to the finals, but he creates mis-matches; he has range, handles, vision, and size--the similarities are dead on)

They need to resign Felton, hope Bell and Wallace stay healthy, and hope Henderson can give solid minutes at the 2-3 spots. If that stays healthy, I'd expect a solid team, in which case Alex might see more play time since there won't be NEAR as much pressure on him if he can be surrounded by 4 other talented players and (crosses fingers) hopefully an All-Star in Wallace.

Won't be a bust (drafted #20 I believe) unless it's another 3-5 years and he's still getting 5 minutes a game and isn't a factor at all.

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Take it from a fan in

Take it from a fan in Charlotte, Ajinca has a long way to go--but that was expected.

He might foul more often than any player in the NBA. Some of it must have to do with his lack of strength/bulk. But he probably anticipates plays very poorly as well.

Optimistic Bobcat fans take the attitude that Ajinca is a 2009 lottery-caliber player taken 1 year early in the 2008 late first round.

He is an enigma, because he will occasionally bust out a move or shot that looks like young Tim Duncan. And then he'll go back to long stretches of mediocrity.

Ajinca is so rail-thin and weak, I honestly think Emeka would remain the Center if Alexis played next to him someday. Okafor is just not mobile enough for PF unless it's against mediocre backups. But Emeka is plenty long and strong enough to play Center. And Emeka is not getting any more mobile with age.

That said, IF Ajinca is ready to shine, there are minutes for him at the backup 4. Barring a roster move, the Bobcats need him or Derrick Brown to step up. Diaw is the only proven NBA 4 on the roster.

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I agree 100%. Okafor is too

I agree 100%. Okafor is too slow to SERIOUSLY play the 4, I just wish he was a little taller. He's good height for a 4 but plays like a 5. I still think he can be an All-Star one day. He did average a double-double. If he gets aggressive enough on offense he can be a 20/10 player. He needs to work on his shot A LOT!!! He can't make FT's and has a weak jumper. It's actually impressive he gets 14ppg shooting like 60% at the line and without a real jumper. Here's to hoping the RotY becomes a force like 90% of them do!

Bobcats have never really had a 4, which is why I thought they might have gone the route of Hansbrough and gone for a SG in free agency but they lucked up getting a possible backup in Brown.

Remember when Vincent (I think?) had Wallace playing the 4 b/c we had no1 on the roster fast enough? ROFL.

I just really hope Henderson pans out and all our bad luck goes away! Augustine was a great start!

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Added height would probably

Added height would probably help Emeka see over the defense better for passing and shooting purposes. But for the purpose of shot-bothering and rebounding, he has the length and bulk to do fine against 95% of NBA Centers. If this were the era of Ewing, Robinson, Olajuwon, and young Shaq, he would have to be a PF.

I'm pretty happy with Emeka as a poor man's Ben Wallace. But I agree that if he could further develop his 12-15 foot face-up shot, it would do wonders for him.

And I think Diaw is the right kind of 4 to be playing alongside Okafor, Wallace, and Felton. If we could add a 27-year-old Kobe Bryant to that mix, we'd be in serious business.

I wanted Lopez, but I'm glad Augustin is panning out okay. I think Augustin, Henderson, D.Brown, and A.Ajinca could be a solid lineup someday. Augustin brings the speed and ball-skills, while the others bring the length and athleticsim to compensate for DJ's defensive physical liabilities. They could all really complement each other.

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Don't forget DJ's incredible

Don't forget DJ's incredible shot and willingness to take that shot!!! If Felton could shoot like DJ he'd be up their in the discussion of Top NBA PG's. I do like when DJ/Raymond are in and both are basically playing 1/2 combo guards.

I agree. Diaw utterly surprised me. I can't believe how well he shot too. He made more 3's in like 30 games with Charlotte than he did his entire career or something at Phoenix (don't quote me on that--it was something similar but an announcer said it so I don't have the source in front of me). His versatility makes up for a lot of what Okafor lacks, and Okafor's physicality, strength, and length are more than enough to make it hard for slasher to get to the rim.

If Charlotte makes the playoffs this will be why:

-Felton continues to improve and gives about 15/10 (finally averages 10 dimes a game, or close to it).

-Bell stays healthy, becomes the lockdown defender he's known for. Keeps the other teams best scorer under control.

-Wallace makes at least 90% of the games with no broken ribs, collapsed lungs, etc. Improves his range from 30% to 33-35%. A healthy Wallace means he can cut to the basket more and added maturity will get him to stop from trying to go through people (anyone who watches him play will laugh at that, lol)

-Diaw becomes an X-factor. Wallace becomes the main scorer but Felton learns how to score for himself but to also get it to Diaw. Diaw creates mis-matches due to his versatility, and either scores quickly or sets up a nice pass to Okafor/Wallace. Averages 15-8-7ish.

-Okafor hits more freethrows. Decides to dunk over people rather than passively try to do that hook thing he tries to do that bricks every time. This will become even easier as team chemistry really kicks in next year and Felton/Diaw create lapses in defense that allow him to slam it down.

-Augustine has continues his success with his sophomore campaign by being a great 6 man. Comes off the bench and hits 3's, creates plays, brings energy.

All Henderson has to do is be a competent rookie and let the game come to him. Brown and Diop are the other 2 key players who just need to fulfil their role and maintain the pace of the game while the starters rest.

Barring season ending injuries, Charlotte won't be a "title contender" but should be a 6-8 team in the playoffs.

Thoughts?

PS: Since the treat is about Ajinca, we'll say he gets 10mpg and shows promise :-)

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Charlotte could defininately

Charlotte could definitely be next year's sleeper team. I REALLY like the team from the second half of the year on. Let's be honest. If Bell doesn't go down during the Miami game in early April, the Bobcats are your 8th seed. During those like 5-6 straight losses (We had Vladdy at the 2 guard starting...I love him but seriously....) the 'Cats were above .500 post Phoenix trade, which is incredible if you consider all the "change" LB brought. New coach, 50% of the team was new. So not only did they have a new leader in Larry Brown but they had new guys to build up chemistry with.

If they can create some sense of knowing what the other guy is thinking, I really see them surprising a lot of teams (kinda like the '03 Panthers, if you followed them).

And as an aside, they have to remember that beating up the LA's and Boston's is not enough. They need to start taking care of the OKC's and Washington's (Take that metaphorically btw; I don't know what teams will suck bad next year but they lost some key games to OKC/Washington late in the year and were a few bad plays at the end of the game from sweeping Boston along with LA)

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Wow, you've really broken it

Wow, you've really broken it down. I'm not sure I can add much to that.

My two cents:

Assuming Felton re-signs.....

Boris Diaw must not have any significant injuries. He is the glue on both ends of the court, and they have no one to replace him in any way shape or form. Whatever offensive shortcomings Felton, Wallace, and Okafor possess, Diaw makes up for them with his creative, all-over-the-court ball-skills from the 4-spot.

Wallace must play at least 70 games. I think we could handle replacing him with Radmonovich a game or two here or there. But not TOO often.

Derrick Brown or Alexis Ajinca must step up and warrant 10-15 backup minutes per game at the PF spot. I have a suspicion that we might sign someone else to help with this issue. Otherwise, consider Emeka Okafor as a 6th man-extaordinaire who begins as the backup PF but ends the game at C with the starters. I think Mohammed was underutilized last year, and he could play a role in this as a possible starter with limited minutes.....

Yes, Augustin must build on his solid rookie performance. We need his scoring abilities!!

You are absolutely right. As long as Bell stays healthy, Henderson just needs to be a competent rookie. His length and athleticism will do the rest!

We need Radmonovich to be confident and ready to take advantage of his opportunity to be an important piece for a full season. We can't afford Rad-man losing his edge.

Awright, it's been fun, but I gotta get some shut-eye. I'll check the thread later....Thanks. Go Cats!!

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I realize I left out Vladdy

I realized I left out Vladdy in my keys to playoffs post. He will be a key threat on the 2nd team. He loves it here and hated playing with Kobe, so that's good for us. That means when he's on the court he is going to give it his all.

I also agree that Mohammad has got some game. He got to start in the Orlando game and got into foul trouble but he has some nice moves and is mobile for his size. Once we were out of the playoffs and our starters got reduced minutes, I'm sure LB got some valuable information about how to orchestrate our second team.

If I were guessing your going to see:

Augustine
Henderson
Radmonovic
Diop/Mohammed/Ajincia rotating the 4/5 spots and Brown will be some 3/4, which will cover the entire roster.

Augustine/Radmonovic/Diop will be the main second team, but I think Henderson will get some good minutes for a rookie if, as we said, he plays into LB's system, works hard in practice, and plays smart.

I'm off to bed too!

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I'd classify him in a range

I'd classify him in a range with Hasheem Thabeet. Maybe Ajinca is slightly preferable because of his length and his age. Both are still years away, and are long-shots, but both still hold potential.

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I forgot about Diop.

I forgot about Diop. Although he can't shoot, he is a defensive prescience. Mohammed isn't bad either so he has some people in front of him that will really stop him from getting minutes unless he stands out. He could move up to the 3rd option at the 5 though, behind Okafor and Diop.

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jinca=jared jeffries

jinca=jared jeffries

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Ajinca

Bigs take longer to develop. Everyone's sayin bust on this lanky goober but I'm goinn the opposite way, He's got some mobility and that length will be a presence defensively. Give him 2 maybe 3 years.

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If LB didn't have faith in

If LB didn't have faith in him I doubt he would've taken the chance drafting him and keeping him this offseason while shipping off May.

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I don't think May leaving

I don't think May leaving has anything to do with LB having faith in Ajinca. May was allowed to leave because he simply DOES NOT produce, and likely because of the Bobcats' financial situation. Sean is paid millions to be an athlete--nothing else--and couldn't find it in himself to get to a playable weight last year. Even die-hard Tar Heel/Bobcat fans are happy to see him go.

Over his 3 years at UNC, and his 3 years in Charlotte, look at how many games May missed. It's unbelievable. Whether it's just bad injury luck or Sean's food/conditioning choices causing the problems, he's not worth the investment of NBA money any longer for a team that is up for sale and dealing with financial shortcomings. Let someone with money-to-burn take a chance on him.

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May is a talent who "Fast

May is a talent who "Fast Food-ed" himself from ever being a great. I've literally read stories where he would goto Hardee's at midnight and get 2 Double Thickburgers, Fries, Milkshake, etc. Literally eating like 4000+ Calories in a midnight snack. I also read about him being in bars, gambling, and drinking too much.

I hope he can get a fresh start in Sacramento though.

I have a theory that part of the reason Blair dropped from Lotto to second round was because of May. A lot of similarities to their size and weight and knees. GM's may have looked at those similarities (Blair was originally projected as going around where May was drafted), heard the ACL reports, and decided he wasn't worth the chance if he stays heavy set. I hope Blair controls his fast food cravings better and can help bring Timmy a 5th ring!

Anyways, I hope Okafor/Diop combo can continue to anchor the one bright spot on the Bobcats--one of the best defensive teams in the league....now the offense on the other hand.... (lol)

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The May example probably

The May example probably didn't help Blair's cause.

Yeah the Bobcats can defend pretty well. I just hope someday we'll get a 22 ppg type of guy. DJ would be that if he were a little bigger. He might be an 18 and 7 guy in time....

You seem to know the Cats. Good to see a fellow fan on here.

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I was sad when they used

I was sad when they used such a high pick on him. Hope he turns out decent.

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In 2 years time...

In two years time, people will say that the Bobcats SHOULD HAVE taken DeAndre Jordan instead of Alexis Ajinca...

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