|Team: Virtus Bologna|
H: 5' 5"|
W: 135 lbs
(40 Years Old)
|Agent: Mark Termini ||
High School: Cleveland Central Catholic
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Overview: The smallest player in the NBA, and the second smallest in league history after Muggsy Bogues. Incredibly quick and strong, which combined with his size and extremely entertaining style of play has made him a bit of a novelty amongst fans in recent years. A prolific scorer at Eastern Michigan, spent some time in the CBA, but has been in the NBA for most of his career, and has made some decent money for himself. Declined a player option worth 3 million dollars to test the free agent market in 2007, after averaging 14 points per game with Milwaukee, but got burned badly by the decision, ending up signing for the minimum halfway through the season. Had a very bad season in 07/08.
Offense: A very dominant ball-handling point guard. Very crafty player with a natural swagger and feel for the game, who can put up big scoring numbers when he gets hot. Struggles to see over the top of the defense--relies very heavily on the pick and roll to open up the floor for him due to his diminutive size, but does a good job finding open teammates spotting up from mid-range in the process. Does a solid job executing half-court sets, but has a tendency to over-dribble at times. Makes questionable decisions on occasion, attempting very risky passes and displaying poor shot-selection. Shoots jumpers far more often than he takes the ball to the basket, but is a streaky all-around shooter, especially from behind the arc. An excellent ball-handler with either hand. Does a better job finishing in traffic than you might think, mostly due to his strength, toughness and fearless nature. Has a nice floater in his arsenal.
Defense: One of the worst defenders you’ll find at the point guard position in the NBA. Offers little to no resistance to most normal sized points, as they can get their shot off virtually whenever they please against him, and can also brush him off on penetrations and easily get to the basket. Every bump and screen seems to seriously affect him. Lack of size and length makes it nearly impossible for him to contest shots, while additionally he can be easily posted up and shot over inside the paint. Very pesky getting in the passing lanes, but this hardly makes up for his shortcomings, which explains how little interest he received in free agency in 2007.