|Team: NON-NBA College Team: Real Madrid|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 255 lbs
(35 Years Old)
|Agent: Gorka Arrinda ||
Hometown: Cordoba, Spain
A very solid inside presence for Real Madrid as usual, the hustling Reyes couldn't become a big factor for his team in order to help them win it all.
Usually matching-up against taller guys, Reyes is an extremely physical player who constantly pushes and battles to gain the position he wants on court. He's a pretty good player off the ball and understands where he needs to be in order to provide the most damage to the opposing team. He's an insatiable rebounder, as he proved in the semifinal, who displays the positioning and desire to come away with plenty of captures on a daily basis.
It's a pretty difficult task to make Reyes feel intimidated. We saw him throwing himself against two seven-footers in the low post during the semifinal, using his body as a sort of screen in order to release his right-handed jump-hook. Anyway, he did struggle a little bit to remain effective against the opposing towers. He's a bit predictable in the low post, usually looking for the right side to finish with his right hand. But he’s the kind of guy with a knack to find the way to get the job done. Against much bigger opponents, he likes to take them outside the paint with mid-range jumpers, an ability he has nicely developed for some years now, and that he put on display in the Copa, although perhaps not as much as in past occasions. He’s very effective setting picks and rolling towards the rim, attacking the basket rather aggressively.
On defense he's, again, a physical guy who also shows excellent mobility, but he often suffers from his size disadvantage, especially since he spent many minutes playing center in this Copa.
A potentially useful player in the NBA, Reyes is already a star in the ACB League, and nobody will match the kind of money he can make in the Old Continent.
Few players have done as much as Felipe Reyes this season to increase their value. Somehow we could call it a breakthrough season, even if he was already a well-established and veteran player that had steadily improved virtually every year he has spent in the ACB league. Actually, he has arguably been the best player in Real Madrid, winning the Finals MVP award as he commanded his team to conquer the ACB League-- the toughest domestic competition outside the NBA.
Reyes has been the same old hustler in the paint, a restless 6-9 inside player with a great nose and aggressiveness chasing the rebound, particularly on the offensive glass, toughness on defense, and an excellent ability to score from the paint. But this season he has also added a much improved mid-range spot-up jumper. This single skill addition has takes him from a marginal NBA prospect to a very legit one, as he now fills quite well the bill of a power forward.
We’re not talking about a finesse player, but still about a very productive guy with a very nice feel for the game. Reyes is rather effective from the low post, not thanks to any particularly remarkable footwork, but more due to his great aggressiveness, footspeed and adaptation to the environment (yes, he feels at home fighting near the rim). Felipe can effectively put the ball on the floor to attack the basket, although as always, he’s still very predictable trying to go right (or changing directions if he attacks his left first).
His aggressiveness can eventually get out of control, particularly this past season, in the form of complaints to the referees, brawls or severe infractions (he even head-butted an opponent during a game), and coming back to haunt him with several technical and unsportsmanlike fouls.
For any NBA team signing him, they should expect an instant intensity boost on both ends of the floor whenever he hits the court, but also a player with the ability to create his own shot in the paint, knock down his open mid-range looks regularly, and contribute to the general offensive flow. Indeed, pretty much a blue-collar guy, not a star, but a contributor. However, it looks unlikely at this point that he opts to try to make the NBA, particularly this summer. He’s under contract and Real Madrid faces an extremely important season, hosting the Euroleague Final Four, for which they will try to build a very strong squad. Still, his name deserves to be in the conversation.
One of the top players in the ACB League this season is Felipe Reyes, and he was a big reason why Real Madrid reached the Cup final. Not a guy with impressive physical or technical characteristics, he’s a very tough, aggressive and super intense inside player; an excellent rebounder with an ongoing skill development. He was the anchor of Real’s paint game, providing the inside points necessary to balance the team game. In the three games of the tourney, he averaged 16.3 points and 8 rebounds.
Reyes belongs to that magical 1980 Spanish generation that includes the likes of Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Raul Lopez and José Manuel Calderón (although the Raptor PG is born in 1981), that came up victorious at the European and World stage in the junior category, eventually leading Spain to conquer the World Championship in Japan last summer. Felipe was never considered to have the type of potential some of his teammates enjoyed, but his hard work and determination has placed him amongst the European elite.
Very strong, but at the same time extremely mobile, Reyes moves pretty well in the paint despite not enjoying a very glamorous low-post game. But he can bang, and he’s quick, aggressive and quite reliable finishing around the rim. He can also attack his match-ups off the dribble, although he usually goes to his right, which makes him highly predictable. His mid-range jumper is becoming really solid while he’s expanding his range, which really helps him in order to increase his repertoire and enables him to display a more orthodox power-forward's game. On defense, he shows excellent positioning and a lot of activity, becoming a very reliable piece. As aforementioned, he’s a terrific rebounder with a great knack for the offensive boards. All in all, he’s a kind of basketball soldier on the court.
Not a super intriguing talent NBA-wise, it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to think that he could become a decent role player in the paint for some team in need of inside help. However, given his star status in the wealthy ACB League, a hypothetical NBA adventure looks like a long shot.