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2011 Scouting Report: Serge Ibaka

February 21st 2011 14:58
Big Man Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder

We all know him for his recent success at this year's slam dunk contest. I thought he did better than Blake Griffin, but that's not important. We also may know Ibaka for those FIBA commercials, those crazy blocks, and just because we're smart basketball guys. Now let's dig a little deeper into the major role player for Scott Brooks's team.

Ibaka is a poor ball-handle, and he isn't a very good passer. In fact, he doesn't really pass it at all. His huge problem is that he fouls far too much. If he wants to be a star in this league, Ibaka will have to cut down on his fouls. He cut down his per 40 minute foul total from 5.9 to 5, but there is still definitely room to grow. Ibaka is a solid rebounder and scorer that averages 14.4 and 10.7- a decent double double- per 40 minutes. Those aren't star numbers, but they definitely describe what he is; a very good role player.

Serge Ibaka excels at blocking and has been the eighth best player this year in terms of pure defensive play. Ibaka is a monster on the inside, and blocking is far and away his best trait. He is quick, explosive, and is an overrated free throw shooter. There are some people that think he can shoot free throws, but he makes under 75 percent of his free throw attempts.

Ibaka plays around the rim and is a great inside scorer, but he struggles in the mid range game as he is a big man. The missed free throws don't matter, because that's not Ibaka's game. He is a dunker that plays around the rim and blocks like heck. I wish he improved on the other facets of the game in order to become a better all-around player. The biggest problem I have with Ibaka is how much he fouls. Ibaka is solid in terms of shot selection, and he works around his shooting weaknesses. Ibaka is a good player in this league and invaluable to his team's success. He isn't a huge talent, but he is a guy you can depend upon to do his job game in and game out.

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Comment by nbageek

February 22nd 2011 00:30
Yeah, he should get better as he gets more time. Its good he has Durant and Westbrook, with him to rub off on him.

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