H: 6' 10"|
W: 230 lbs
(33 Years Old)
|Agent: Dan Fegan |
Hometown: Santa Teresa, Brazil
Drafted: Pick 30 in 2004 by Magic
Overview: A Brazilian power forward who makes a living by outworking the opposition. Has decent size and good bulk. Isn’t a great athlete, but gets more out of what he has than almost any other player in the League. Doesn’t have the best offensive skills, but does the little things on both ends. His holdout kept him off the floor for the first fifth of his third season as a pro. Asked for starter’s money but wound up settling for the MLE. A truly unique energy player who is arguably the League’s best at drawing offensive fouls.
Offense: Gets most of his offensive touches in typical hustle player fashion: from offensive rebounds and cuts to the rim. Doesn’t have any midrange game. Has a mediocre midrange jumper that is more of a push than a shot. Does a ton of dirty-work underneath as soon as he gets on the floor. Has good touch at the rim. Uses fakes well to get open looks when he is posted up. Fights hard for position. Runs the floor relentlessly. Sets great screens and rolls to the basket extremely well. Won’t dunk unless he has a clear path the rim, but doesn’t get blocked as often as other players with similar habits. Is capable of putting the ball on the floor, but isn’t going to do a whole lot once he does. Not turnover prone.
Defense: Takes charges better than any player in the League. Moves unbelievably well from the weak-side, and almost always sets up outside of the restricted area. Won’t block many shots when rotating. Will get on the floor for loose balls. Knows how to work officials and draw offensive fouls using his body language. Works hard in the post to deny entry passes.
His stock has been moving like a roller coaster over the last year, with a poor performance at the Euroleague Final Four that made his stock plummet, followed by a brilliant game against the U.S national team that again restored faith in him. In Seville, with enough minutes of playing time, he showed exactly the kind of player he is, his virtues and defects, strengths and weaknesses. He was among the best players on his team, not saving any effort or degree of intensity in his actions, looking solid on defense and shining eventually on the offensive end with different a couple of different moves, including some solid post plays (nothing too fancy), a couple of nice shots, penetrations and even a coast to coast transition play that he finished himself. Of course, his usual flaws were there too, in the form of bad decisions, gambles on defense, and just a lot of unpolished moves that showed his rawness. Every day he's less of a question mark, but his weaknesses are also becoming exposed more and more.[Read Full Article]