Its been a long road for Marc Salyers on his way to establishing himself as one of the top scoring threats in all of Europe. A graduate of Samford University in 2001, Salyers has bounced from Italy, to France, to Turkey, to Korea, cutting his teeth at virtually every level of International basketball until he reached the point hes currently at. Salyers just goes to show you that the term upside is a very relative thing, as hes improved considerably every year, even as he nears his 30s
Were talking about a supreme scorer herea hybrid forward who plays the 4-spot primarily, but likes to do most of his damage facing the basket. Hes got pretty nice tools to play the game, standing 6-9, with a good frame and pretty nice athleticism for the European levelshowing good quickness, a solid first step, the ability to get off his feet and finish strong around the rim, and nice all-around fluidity in his movements.
Salyers is a very tough player to defend because of his incredible versatility as a scorer. He loves to put the ball on the floor and beat guys off the dribble, as is a very advanced shot-creator with excellent footwork, smooth ball-handling skills with either hand, or a nice array of jab-steps and shot-fakes. He can finish with a variety of floaters and unorthodox running hooks, or pull-up off the dribble somewhat well for a mid-range jumper.
Hes also an excellent shooter, with a quick release, superb range and absolutely no conscious to fire away at any given moment. At times Roanne will post him up on the block and let him go to work with his back to the basket, where he shows decent footwork and a nice jump-hook shot, although this is clearly not his biggest strength.
In short, Salyers is a scorer through and through, and a very hungry one at that. He has a go-to mentality, and wants the ball in his hands constantly, although he can play team basketball too--even if this might not always be his first inclination. His shot-selection can be extremely poor at times, taking bad shots from well beyond the European 3-point line. Hes a fairly smart player, though, and that shows in his turnover ratio, which is very low considering that he leads the entire Euroleague in usage rate.
On the negative side, Salyers is an average rebounder and an even worse defender. He shows poor fundamentals on this end of the floor, putting in very little effort seemingly, and clearly lacking purpose and awareness when he does. For a power forward, he has average size, strength and lateral quickness, and its not rare to see players posting him up and shooting right over him. In the NBA (hypothetically) he would have to spend some minutes at the 3 most likely, and judging by how effective he is guarding the perimeter, that isnt going to go over too well. Its pretty obvious that hes stuck between positions, although players in his mold are definitely becoming more en vogue these days.
Turning 29 later this month, and coming off a career year that will undoubtedly make him one of the most sought after free agents on the European summer market, its hard to envision an NBA team wanting him enough to be able to compete with the 7-figure offers that are likely about to come Salyers way from Russia and other countries. Stranger things have happened, though, and in the right spot, he could fit in quite well we believe.