Game tape of intriguing Greek prospect (#11 in red). Obviously not the strongest competition, but there's a lot to like. He reminds me of Kevin Durant without the elite jumper. In the video, he sustains an ankle injury sometime late in the first half. You can see him hobbling around for the first few minutes of the third quarter before a sub comes in. He eventually returns later in the game, but is clearly limited. Here's a cheat sheet: FIRST HALF 03:55--displays great vision off the dribble, firing a pass to the opposite corner. 04:03--beautiful turnaround jumper. 05:35--takes his man off the dribble for the easy layin + foul. 08:13--lurks in the key, then jumps over and uses his length to take away a shot. 09:55--nice spin move into the lane leads to a foul. 11:08--uses long arms to tip offensive rebound, eventually corrals the ball and dishes to a teammate for the slam. 13:28--rifles a no-look pass that his terrible teammate fails to convert. 18:30--nice pass to open teammate for the easy bucket. 24:28--posts up smaller defender, fires pass crosscourt that leads to a wide-open airball. 24:44--a simple play, but one I really like. When doubled, makes an easy pass to an open shooter, who actually converts the three. 26:46--uses 7'3" wingspan to challenge a shot and forces an airball. 26:54--shows off terrific ballhandling skills in the open court, spinning past two defenders and drawing a foul as he leaves a pass for the trailer. 27:24--another gorgeous turnaround jumper over a smaller defender. 30:00--uses excellent length to grab the defensive board, then takes off (and promptly turns the ball over). 30:45--dribbles the length of the floor, drives hard to the rim and draws the foul. His long strides allow him to cover ground in the blink of an eye. 33:10--loses his man with a wicked crossover, then pulls up and hits the short jumper. 36:00--gets a steal, then glides to the hoop for an easy bucket. 36:25--corrals loose ball, then beats everybody down the court and draws a foul. 40:07--off the pick-and-roll, throws a dart to an open shooter. Again, his teammates are terrible. SECOND HALF 43:45--pretends to use a screen, then pulls up and buries a three. 1:00:10--draws help defender and kicks to the open man, eventually leading to a corner three. 1:11:00--drives hard off a high screen and gets to the foul line. 1:14:25--great sequence as he eludes two trapping defenders and zips a pass to an open shooter. Clank. Overall, his combination of size and fluidity is pretty impressive. He is EXTREMELY unselfish--perhaps to a fault--and displays terrific vision/ballhandling skills for a 6'9" player. He didn't make much of a defensive impact in this game, but he clearly possesses the physical tools to be a versatile NBA defender. Certainly a prospect to keep an eye on.
The Blazers rookie stormed in immediately and stole all the Trail Blazers fans' hearts. He lead all rookies in scoring, assists, and minutes played. He lead the whole league in minutes played as well, in front of names like Kevin Durant and LeBron James. The Blazers have a good jump start in rebuilding their team after drafting this young man.