Ibaka once again
I know that they ended up losing, but Ibaka seriously needs to start on this team. He had 8 and 14 today, and you can tell that this guy is a workhorse. He plays hard all of the time, and when he gets the time, he gets a lot of rebounds and hits shots as well. Better rebounder than Krstic and I believe him to be a more physical force than Krstic is as well. I know I have had this topic come up before, but once again, what do you guys think?
Krstic is pretty good. He isnt the physical guy that is needed but he is good. He also, to be more effective, needs more touches. He is a guy that causes problems because he is a 7 footer that can score and he pulls his man away from the basket. I dont see Ibaka starting this year. He is good but not enough to start.
hes good but hes great off the bench for them. I dont see a problem with him coming off the bench and providing some energy. Its a good fit for him i think
Ibaka is a great energy guy that can come off the bench... The reason why he can't start is because he's still raw ... I just don't see him starting over Jeff Green OR Kevin Durant this year unless they get injured or something... But definitely this kid has a lot of potential(mama there goes that word again!)... He's got that Tyrus Thomas athleticism...
Anyone who bags on Ibaka, are you within the radius of watching the Thunder on a regular basis, own multiple Thunder players on your fantasy roster, are a serious fan of the Thunder, or have the NBA package and watch this team come alive?
If you answered yes to atleast two of these above statements please continue reading down. If not I'm wasting your time and trouble by reading this. All of you are dimwits for thinking that right now Nenard Krstic is a better player than Serge Ibaka. I'm going to tell you all why this guy is going to have better number than Dampier and Haywood by season's end.
Everybody on here knows I'm a big fantasy so I love to break down numbers. In this case I will tell all of you I bit on Krstic at the beginning of the year. Thinking I'd get a 12-5-2-1-1 with a 50 fg% for about $5. Not bad for a mop up 2nd center on your roster. Anyone want to guess what Nenard's been doing in a measley 23 minutes per game this season? 8-5-1-1-1 47%. Not exactly eye opening numbers out of a big man with his expectations whose fighting minutes with the likes of Nick Collison, Etan Thomas and new comer Serge Ibaka.
I traded Krstic a month into the season and picked up Ibaka for Mcdyess on December 6th. I'm in a 12 team 4x4 Auction league where I bid and won a $1 Serge Ibaka. let me tell all of you this guys going nowhere on my roster for the next 4 years. I watched him play the lakers and boy what a show he put on. In 35 Minutes he dropped a 11-13-5 against arguably the best group of collective big men in the league. I'll remember watching his coming out party as much as Edwin Jackson getting his first win in baseball against then Hall of Fame Pitcher Randy Johnson.
When given the minutes this guy can simply flat out produces. He's averaging an 8-8-2 on my roster since I've added him and I'm going to all you Fantasy nuts in deeper leagues to grab this guy sooner than later. He will become the full time starting Center/Power Forward by the All Star Break. You can quote me on this.
I don't believe this mumbo jumbo that this guy is still "Raw" by nba standards. After he was drafted he did his work in the Spanish league and played against grown men. That experience their made him a much better player then bringing him over from the gates and throwing him to the wolves.
The really scary thing about this guy was that he was "There" defensively and needed to fine tune his offensive game. I mean lets look at their roster. You've got 3 scorers in Durant, Westbrook,Harden. Green's a Jack of all trades and Ibaka just needs to step in and become one of the most dominating defensive big man in the Western Conference for years to come. Honestly this guy doesnt need to do more than 12-8-3 to help this team into the playoffs and become a viable number one center in Fantasy Hoops.
You know what makes a player great defensivly? He knows his matchup and can execute his precision flawlessly. Granted Ibaka isn't their yet, but for those of you that suggest he's still "Raw" check out his fouls per game ratio to fellow counterpart Roy Hibbert. I think Ibakas 2.1 fouls per game speak for them self.
In games he's played in 20 minutes hes averaging 8.4 ppg, 8.3rpg, and 1.7bpg. What more does he need to prove to this team that he deserves 25-30 minutes a game. I can tell you his counter parts collison, thomas and krstic's numbers don't even come close in given equal minutes and opportunity.
This guys a flat out stud waiting to happen that will be the player to own instead of Anthony Randolph. Ibaka is the reason exactly why this team passed on Hasheem Thabeet and at the time I among many of you saw this athletic freak and knew how raw he was at this stage of his career. I honestly didn't think he'd make the teams roster until next season, but he's far surpassed the leagues, my own, yourselves and his own expectation The skys the limit for this kid and it's a joy watching every minute of it. Don't be fooled by this one guys get on the band wagon now while you still have a chance.
I like your comments, but the team didn't pass on Thabeet. He was chosen before Harden. I think that him coming off the bench is good right now, but he seriously needs to end up starting in the end of the season if not by 3/4s the way. Just like Harden. I think that Thabo is a great energy guy and plays defense like no other, but Harden brings so much to the team that Thabo doesn't have. Unless Mullens pans out to be good eventually, the future starting lineup should be
I think Thabeet was their guy, the Thunder had Heavy talks with the Grizz about moving up and I was shocked they didn't. Their not complaining with Harden for the future, but I do agree with you that Thabo is the better start right now with his defensive ability and his recent flashes of great play. Good young team that's not playing up to their ability, but I think given the right set they'll be a serious threat this season with Westbrook-Sefolosha-Durant-Green-Ibaka in their starting five.
drafting demarcus cousins this year, moving ibaka to the 4 and turning jeff green into the most versatle 6th man in years
i watch the thunder and no he should not start.. he is pretty good off the bench and has potential but he makes a lot of lil mistakes as well. and fantasy basketball is not the same as real basketball. you get a better knowledge of whats going on by watching then doing the fantasy thing and by watching its clear hes not ready to start yet. he's good with the time hes getting because he's still raw and makes young player mistakes