Was super pumped when the Spurs drafted Blair. Few teams are set up to use him as well, with coaching and roster and such.
I'm wondering not just what you guys think of him, that is easy to tell from the love he's getting in the posts, but I wsa interested in a more critical analysis. Sadly Spurs games aren't on much here in Pittsburgh and the one I did get to watch he played like 5 minutes.
His strengths at Pitt were obviously his touch near the basket and rebounding, but also defending the best opposing big guy, his outlet passing, and his ability to steal the ball off other bigs, to go with surprisingly good dribbling and post passing. I was sure his defense would translate well, but from what I read that may not be the case. I don't know if it is the system the Spurs run or just the move up in opposition.
Anyone want to help me out and give an overall assessment of how his game has translated outside of post scoring and rebounding?
Outlet passing, facing up defenders, man defense in the post, is he still a plus at these, does he show promise, or was it just a case of lesser opposition that he looked good in college? I can understand the soft picks, it infuriates me how soft Pitt picks, but it's how they run the offense, it's more important to get off the pick than to set it hard.
Thanks in advance for the help, and thanks for using DeJuan so well as a rookie. It is certainly helping our recruiting to have a guy finally succeed in the NBA.