NBA's most Indispensable/Durable Role Players: Dalembert edition
I've seen many Sixers fans talk about Sammy's ugly jumper, bad hands, et cetera and while to a degree the criticisms are fair, I do think he's under appreciated. Take a look at his numbers above, now take a look at the company those numbers put him in.
In the past 20 years, a player has averaged 10 points/game, 10 rebounds/game, 2 block/game while playing in more than 70 games a total of 60 times. Here are the players, and the number of times they accomplished it.
Dikembe Mutombo - 10 times
Hakeem Olajuwon - 8 times
Patrick Ewing - 8 times
David Robinson - 7 times
Tim Duncan - 7 times
Shaquille O'Neal - 6 times
Jermaine O'Neal - 3 times
Alonzo Mourning - 2 times
Elton Brand - 2 times
Kevin Garnett - 1 time
Vlade Divac - 1 time
Benoit Benjamin - 1 time
Marcus Camby - 1 time
Kevin Garnett - 1 time
Shawn Kemp - 1 time
Samuel Dalembert - 1 time
Dalembert's becoming an indispensable 76er
This will sound crazy, because eight months ago the Sixers were just as desperate to trade Samuel Dalembert as he was to leave.
The Sixers had grown tired of his act, and Dalembert had grown tired of coaches shuffling him in and out of the lineup.
Now, Dalembert is quickly becoming someone the Sixers can't do without.
The difference is perspective -- and Allen Iverson. And that was true even before Dalembert was visibly shaken last week by the earthquake that devastated Haiti, his homeland.
Instead of pouting about his lack of playing time, as he had in the past, Dalembert has learned to deal with it. Instead of demanding a trade, Dalembert has learned to appreciate the only team he has played for in his eight NBA seasons.
And instead of getting himself into constant foul trouble, or goaltending, Dalembert is . . . well, he's still doing those things, but not as often.
"I stopped making excuses," Dalembert said. "If I'm going to get 15, 20 minutes, I'm going out there to be the best I can be for 15, 20 minutes. I stopped pointing fingers at everybody else."
For some people, it simply takes longer to develop this perspective.
There was always the kind, caring Sammy, who every now and then would show the promise expected of him on the court. He gave freely of his time in the community, traveling the globe for Basketball Without Borders and donating money and resources to help in Haiti.
That was evident when he pledged $100,000 and agreed to match the funds donated for Haitian relief at the Sixers game Friday, which came out to be more than $30,000.
There was also the aloof, self-serving Sammy, who got himself kicked off the Canadian Olympic team in 2008. His needless fouls and goaltends made him seem clueless on the court.
We haven't seen much of the latter Sammy lately, and Iverson has had a lot to do with that.
"All you have to do is tell him to come play, and that's what he does," Iverson said. "It's easy for me to get him going. A lot of times before a game, I like to get him riled up, and he can transfer that into the basketball game."
AI gets sam his touches too, which i believe keeps him interested in the gm... Big time Sixers fan here.. I dont think Ai is what he used to be, but he has been very efficeient and due to him, Sam is playing his best ball in yrs!
it would be a shame 4 him to get traded and would set the 76ers back a few years at least
he isnt Bynum or Howard but he is 1 of the few players in the league that compete with those guys athletically strength wise rebounding etc
other centers eg Spencer Haws give up to much
the 76ers are in a good position as one of the few fast break ball clubs in the league that actually DEFEND