Overview: A strong, young power forward that has been productive in limited playing time, but has yet to find a real niche in the NBA. Has average physical tools. Possesses decent size and long arms for a power forward along with a sculpted frame. A decent athlete who doesnt show great lift getting off the ground. Shows some tools offensively, but hasnt polished them on any discernable level to be able to call plays for. Not a back to the basket threat, and struggles with the consistency of his jumper outside of 15 feet. Will work hard on the glass and provide some defensive intensity. Was a much better college player, simply dominant during his single season at Minnesota. Took the Big Ten by storm by putting up almost 20 and 10 on a nightly basis. Named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. Garnered a selection in the middle of the first round, but has had a hard time finding sustained playing time behind Bargnani and Bosh. Was strong enough to bully his way to big games on the college level, but lacks the size to do that in the NBA. Needs to continue to develop his shooting touch, as well as improve his shot-selection.
Offense: An assertive offensive player who lacks the skill-level or athleticism to be overly productive against good defenders. Gets about two-fifths of his shots in spot up situations, with pick and rolls, post ups, and hustle plays comprising the vast majority of his other opportunities. Doesnt possess a consistent jump shot, and seems to lack arc on it at times. Has a very slow release, lacking ideal touch due to a lack of fluidity at times. Wont hesitate to take open jumpers when he has them. Isnt a consistent catch and shoot threat yet, but is a much better one than he used to be. Much more effective off the dribble when going to the rim. Prefers to drive right and has the ball handling ability to change directions if he has to. Uses his strength well, and has been taking less of the low-percentage midrange shots he has taken frequently in the past. Likes to get his man on his hip and overpower him all the way to the rim. Not a bad finisher once he gets to the basket. Wont hesitate to go right at his defender. Goes to the line at a very high rate, and shoots a decent percentage when he gets there. Does a great job crashing the offensive glass. Sets solid screens and moves well without the ball. Pretty active, but more scrappy than talented at this point. Lack of a back to the basket game hurts him, particularly on this team. Not much of a passer, to say the leastlooks primarily for his own offense and is very quick to pull the trigger. Was considered to be somewhat selfish in college.
Defense: Brings some things to the table defensively, but isnt tall or experienced enough to be a factor. Has the strength to hold position on the block, but shows questionable awareness. Usually initiates contact after his man already has the ball. Uses leverage effectively, but is sometimes too intent on not getting backed down, allowing his man to spin off him for an easy look. Has the quickness to defend the perimeter to some extent, but that isnt a major asset for him. Shows very active hands. Does a good job contesting shooters, but lacks the speed and leaping ability to record many rejections. Rebounds the ball at a nice rate, but gets called for some fouls by being too physical. Has a tough time with longer, more athletic power forwards. Provides a nice effort, but isnt quite athletic enough to defend the Leagues better post scorers.