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  Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Lazaros Papadopoulos-Should the NBA be calling?
By Jonathan Givony

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> Dimitris href=/profile//> Ritsonis

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2001, href=/profile//> Antonis href=/profile//> Fotsis href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Draft, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Grizzlies href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//>

On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> hand, href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> Lazaros href=/profile//> Papadopoulos, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> skilled href=/profile//> 6-11 href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all. href=/profile//> Then href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 21-year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man, href=/profile//> Papadopoulos href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> exciting href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Iraklis, href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 13.7 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 55% href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9.0 href=/profile//> rpg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Suproleague. href=/profile//>

After href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2001 href=/profile//> Draft, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> debut href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Eurobasket href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2001 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Turkey href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> highly href=/profile//> publicized href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Panathinaikos. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greens href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> miserable, href=/profile//> except href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2002. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2003, href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Iraklis. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> (15.0 href=/profile//> ppg, href=/profile//> 8.9 href=/profile//> rpg, href=/profile//> 2.2 href=/profile//> apg), href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Iraklis href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> 3rd href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> A1, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 1st href=/profile//> All-A1 href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> returned href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> (12.4 href=/profile//> ppg, href=/profile//> 6.0 href=/profile//> rpg, href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> mpg) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> load href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tim href=/profile//> Duncan href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Greece href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> shy href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA.

He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> Moscow, href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Europe's href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> complete href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> includes href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> "big href=/profile//> men" href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> countries, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Crystoff href=/profile//> Lavrinovic href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Lithuania href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> example, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two-time href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> MVP, href=/profile//> Mirsad href=/profile//> Turkcan, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> rebounder href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Turkey, href=/profile//> Igor href=/profile//> Likholitov, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Russia's href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> Andrei href=/profile//> Fetissov. href=/profile//> Despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stars href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> above, href=/profile//> Papadopoulos href=/profile//> leads href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (19.0 href=/profile//> ppg), href=/profile//> FG% href=/profile//> (73%), href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> (2.0 href=/profile//> bpg) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> (2.5 href=/profile//> spg) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> grabs href=/profile//> 7.5 href=/profile//> rpg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> averages href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> 13.0 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8.0 href=/profile//> rpg href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> Sunday, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//>

His href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> constantly href=/profile//> using href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> unorthodox, href=/profile//> impossible href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> sky href=/profile//> hook. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> remains href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> raw href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> skilled href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> developed href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> force, href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> takes href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> happen. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> smoothly href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> unorthodox href=/profile//> style, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> using href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> above href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> man. href=/profile//> Coaches href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> gotten href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> comparison href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> body, href=/profile//> while, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> blocker; href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> timing href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> improved. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> centers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> cannot href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> productive href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> offensively href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> constant href=/profile//> basis. href=/profile//> But, href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance?

 
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