share

Serge Ibaka

fastdan
Registered User
Joined: 06/10/2009
Posts: 747
Points: 882
Offline
Serge Ibaka

Can this guy be a starting C? He's probably only about 6'9 in socks, but so is Dwight, Horford, Okafor, Perkins ect. He seems to be pretty strong, but probably needs more weight. His game is pretty unpolished but he's so athletic and is a great shot blocker and a good rebounder. Do you guys see him as a 4 or a 5? 20-24 minutes off the bench or 34+ minute starter?


OldSkoolBasketball
OldSkoolBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 1863
Points: 2540
Offline
he should be a starter next

he should be a starter next year if they can't get anyone in free agency.

aarondsonixfan
Registered User
Joined: 06/11/2009
Posts: 389
Points: 629
Offline
I agree. Ibaka brings a lot

I agree. Ibaka brings a lot more to the table than Krstic does. Krstic is a soft 7 footer who can hit mid range jumpers where Ibaka is an athletic freak, having a 46-48 vertical, and brings down rebounds as well as blocking shots. 5 blocks today, even though it seemed like he had more than that. Heck, he should be starting in the playoffs imo if Krstic isn't back

wowthisisneat
Registered User
Joined: 04/17/2009
Posts: 179
Points: 62
Offline
Ibaka

I think that he can definitely be a starter next year. Hes so athletic and quick defensively blocking and challenging shots both on ball and help defense. He is decently strong right now but can get even stronger considering his frame, work ethic, and age(20). offensively he gets alot of put backs with his hops and aggresiveness and he has a solid jumper. a problem with his shot though is that he often doesnt take that mid range jumper. it is a matter of understanding and feeling comfortable with his role. he has nice touch around the rim to develop a low post game. hes going to be a good enough offensively and good to great defensively.

Tongue-Out-Like-23
Tongue-Out-Like-23's picture
Registered User
Joined: 03/16/2010
Posts: 8307
Points: 11858
Offline
I think Ibaka has what it

I think Ibaka has what it takes to be a very good player in the league.. He's scary on the defensive end because he's so athletic.. Poor Man's Dwight Howard

jerb2011
Registered User
Joined: 05/26/2009
Posts: 469
Points: 589
Offline
Ibaka

At 6'10"-6'11", Ibaka is listed as a F/C in the Thunder books they give out at the games. I could definately see him playing more minutes and even starting next year. He is extremely athletic and a defensive stopper and shot blocker/changer as well as a rebounding fool. I wish he was at least 2-3 inches taller so there would be no reason not to start him. His offense has grown all year and he has a consistant mid-range jumper and he can hit the 3 averaging .500 from beyond the arch (despite the fact that he has only taken 2 attempts lol). If he can develope some back-to the-basket and face-up go to moves, than Serge could be a Dwight Howard-like (very poor man's of course) C for the Thunder for years since he is only 20 years old.

aarondsonixfan
Registered User
Joined: 06/11/2009
Posts: 389
Points: 629
Offline
I could see a poor man's

I could see a poor man's Shawn Kemp, with a somewhat better defensive presence

TaylorCondrin
TaylorCondrin's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/14/2009
Posts: 4433
Points: 8032
Offline
Ibaka is insanely

Ibaka is insanely athletic..its amazing to see how this samuel dalembert clone will be in 3 years with an offensive game..im thinkin this thunder team could be too nasty

weballin.net
Registered User
Joined: 12/20/2009
Posts: 173
Points: 186
Offline
Ibaka true position is power

Ibaka true position is power forward. In Spain, he worked on his jumpshot and drive and even if he could play minutes at the center spot, it would not be fair toward him as he could develop as a star at the power forward spot while he would have to deal with bigger players at the center spot.

www.weballin.net

arman
Registered User
Joined: 05/31/2009
Posts: 390
Points: -238
Offline
ibaka can be good as howard

he just needs to add 30 more pounds... Lets be real... Howard doesnt posses any offensive game... he has 40 inch vertical,and can run the court... ibaka has higher vert then him,and ibaka can shoot midrange jumpers... i see definitly young howard in him....

BothTeamsPlayedHard
BothTeamsPlayedHard's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 3420
Points: 4666
Offline
You really need help if you

"I could see a poor man's Shawn Kemp, with a somewhat better defensive presence"

Not at basketball. Maybe at other things in life, but not basketball. Shawn Kemp was a superstar. Serge Ibaka is a big body.

BothTeamsPlayedHard
BothTeamsPlayedHard's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 3420
Points: 4666
Offline
You really need help if you

You really need help if you are going to compare Serge Ibaka to Dwight Howard. I can't help you, but hopefully someone else can.

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
Guy plays with a lot of

Guy plays with a lot of energy, and he is only scratching the surface of his true skills, I think in a season or two he will make this Thunder team even scarier.

The8thDeadlySin
The8thDeadlySin's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/02/2008
Posts: 4410
Points: 5886
Offline
46 or 48 inch vertical?? Is

46 or 48 inch vertical?? Is there any proof of this?? That number is hard for me to believe. Also, I think he is more of a PF than a C. If he could play beside a guy that is a legit 7' he could be really good. He has a nice mid range jumper and good timing on the ball for blocks and rebounds. If he starts beside Jeff Green next year, they need to get out and run more than they do now.

OrangeJuiceJones
OrangeJuiceJones's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/24/2009
Posts: 2601
Points: 5606
Offline
Ibaka can get up, but let's

Ibaka can get up, but let's not get out of hand here. A 46-48 inch vertical would put his chest above the rim. His chest, ladies and gentlemen.

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
What is the highest

What is the highest documented vertical by a player in the NBA??

OrangeJuiceJones
OrangeJuiceJones's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/24/2009
Posts: 2601
Points: 5606
Offline
knicksfan7

I think it was Jordan Farmar with a 42-inch vert. You can browse through combine results of years' past here:

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
OJJ, from max vert of

OJJ, from max vert of everyone it says Kenny Gregory-2001 had a 45.5 inch max vert.

OrangeJuiceJones
OrangeJuiceJones's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/24/2009
Posts: 2601
Points: 5606
Offline
I was wrong. Some guy named

I was wrong. Some guy named Kenny Gregory recorded a 45.5 inch vert back in 2001; Jamario Moon was right behind him with a 43-inch vert. Insane.

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
I mean being able to jump

I mean being able to jump high is nice and all, but to me it's not really relevant if the player has no feel for the game. I am not saying I don't care for athleticism because I do, but I think it is over emphasized more often than not. Many guys in mid-major basketball have proven they can play and have had successful NBA careers because they know how to play the game correctly. Big Guys from small schools don't succeed in the NBA because no one ever taught them the game because all there life they got by on there athletic gifts.

Hypnotoad
Hypnotoad's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/14/2010
Posts: 53
Points: 73
Offline
Ibaka

Ibaka was recorded with a 33 inch max vertical. 46-48 would be unreal.

OrangeJuiceJones
OrangeJuiceJones's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/24/2009
Posts: 2601
Points: 5606
Offline
knicksfan7

I agree. Look no further than that Kenny Gregory guy for a prime example of athleticism without skill. He's 6'5 with shoes on, 45-inch vert and a 6'11 wingspan, but he wasn't even warranted a late second-round pick.

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
Guys have such bad

Guys have such bad fundamentals nowadays that when you come across a guy who has a high basketball IQ and good fundamentals you know he'll do well in the NBA. When I say do well I mean a long career. Add athleticism with that then the player can be a perennial all-star as well. Guys today are more concerned with the oohhs and ahhs rather than just getting the job done. 2 points is 2 points no matter how you do it, same for a 3 pointer. You need athleticism in order to succeed in the NBA, but the more you have doesn't mean anything if you don't have a good feel for the game of basketball.

OrangeJuiceJones
OrangeJuiceJones's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/24/2009
Posts: 2601
Points: 5606
Offline
Athletic wings in the NBA

Athletic wings in the NBA are a dime-a-dozen. If one of said wings could add a pull-up 15 footer to their game, it could really help them in maintaining a roster spot; they could even become all-stars. But when was the last time you saw a super-athletic wing player with a nice mid-range game?

knicksfan7
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 3069
Points: 1488
Offline
None come to mind, though

None come to mind, though Melo has a nice mid-range shot. I don't know why a guy in the college game thinks about something like this and works on it. His college coach would love it, and it will make him more ready for the NBA.

billyk
Registered User
Joined: 12/05/2008
Posts: 1017
Points: 546
Offline
Super athletic wings with a

Super athletic wings with a mid range game: D. Wade, Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay, Jason Richardson, just to name a few.. I think most successful NBA wing players have decent to excellent mid range jumshots... If your a wing an you cant shoot a 15 footer your probaly a fringe player...

RSS: Syndicate content