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  Thursday, November 11, 2004

Drafted players in the Greek League
By Luis Fernández

Dimitris href=/profile//> Ritsonis, href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> gives href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> update href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> draftees href=/profile//> currently href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> League: href=/profile//>

Sofoklis href=/profile//> Schortsianitis, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> smaller href=/profile//> version href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Shaquille href=/profile//> O'Neal href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Clippers href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> ago href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 4.8 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressively href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> 21.0 href=/profile//> mpg, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> shots, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> oriented href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> avoiding href=/profile//> fouls. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> (4.8 href=/profile//> rpg) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> (0.5 href=/profile//> apg, href=/profile//> 1.0 href=/profile//> spg, href=/profile//> 1.0 href=/profile//> bpg, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> 2.0 href=/profile//> t/o href=/profile//> pg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3.0 href=/profile//> fouls href=/profile//> pg), href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> taken href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> (7/10). href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contender href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup.

Sofo href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> improving. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> dominant; href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Iraklis, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> job, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 17th href=/profile//> birthday. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> undersized href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> (6-9), href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> rebounder.

But href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> correct href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> Burton href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> focusing href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> now: href=/profile//> 1) href=/profile//> Too href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> fouls, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> means href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> learn href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> nerves, href=/profile//> 2) href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> weight, href=/profile//> 3) href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> attempts, href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> skills. href=/profile//> Personally href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Aris href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> worth href=/profile//> it.

Aris href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> spoiled href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> person href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> seriously href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> basic href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> skills. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> Aris href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> improve, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> one-two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//>

If href=/profile//> Schortsianitis' href=/profile//> progress href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> concern, href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> category href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Vassilils href=/profile//> Spanoulis href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> belong href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all.

Drafted href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Dallas href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> traded href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Rockets, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> participating href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> member href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer, href=/profile//> Spanoulis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Maroussi's href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> (with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 3-1 href=/profile//> record) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15.0 href=/profile//> ppg,, href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 2.0 href=/profile//> apg, href=/profile//> 1.0 href=/profile//> spg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1.5 href=/profile//> rpg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 26.0 href=/profile//> mpg. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> 46% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> (44% href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> threes) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 83% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> throw href=/profile//> line. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> contenders href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> ticket href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> (through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-3 href=/profile//> spots href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> A1 href=/profile//> League) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> faves href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup.

Just href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> surely href=/profile//> reach href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> thousands href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> talents href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> succeed href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mental href=/profile//> reasons. href=/profile//> Well, href=/profile//> Spanoulis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> physically href=/profile//> developed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> defensively href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> (hard href=/profile//> D, href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> draw href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> fouls), href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> carry href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> offensively, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game.

Of href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> improving, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> concern href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> three-pointer href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> steady href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> skills. href=/profile//> But, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> well-respected href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece.

Only href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> carry href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> maturity href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Spanoulis: href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis, href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos.

 
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