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1 - Mamadou Samb

Spain 

  • Birthday: 12/31/89
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 194
  • Team: FC Barcelona
  • Hometown: Thiaroye, Senegal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NBA Comparison: Hakim Warrick

Aran Smith - 8/28/2006

Strengths: Hes a skinny, athletic and talented player with a big wingspan ... Unlike other African players he has a good court sense and a natural feel for the game, maybe because he arrived in Spain when he was just 14, therefore hes got a great combination of European fundamentals and African athleticism Very talented Good shooter from any position with high percentage from the free throw line He can face up his defenders putting the ball on the floor and even shoot from three-point range He currently plays the PF position, being quicker than his defenders in this position but could become a SF in the NBA if he gets better ball handling skills and a more reliable 3 point shot ... He possesses great foot-speed and a soft touch around the basket, and finishes well on the move Has a very good understanding of the game, making good decisions either shooting or passing ... He has good hands to catch the ball or grab rebounds. Very good shot blocker due to his quick leaping ability and his great timing Runs the floor very well A good kid, extremely charismatic, always has a smile on his face and obviously enjoys the game.

Weaknesses: His biggest problem will be fitting a position, he needs to figure out if he's a 3 or a 4 and develop his skills for that position ... Right now, his main weakness is his lack of strength. At 194 pounds, he must add more weight to be able to play tougher close to the basket He can be out-muscled by stronger players ... He should improve his low post skills, taking advantage of his great foot speed and become more adept with his back to the basket ... Has a very good shot from outside, but needs to develop it to become unstoppable ... He can get frustrated when he gets in foul trouble and it can make him lose concentration, needing a short rest before he can get back on the court focused to play hard again.

Notes: He signed a multi-year deal with FC Barcelona. Physically raw, he was born in the last day of December 1989, has a babyfaced look, still growing. His older brother, Cheikh (1984) is 7-1 and was drafted in 2006 by Los Angeles Lakers (#51).

YouTube Clip - 8/3/2009

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