Overview: One of the games most explosive athletes before his knee surgery. Still very quick on his feet, and maintained his great mobility after his operation. Gets off the floor in the hurry. Possesses good size and strength for a power forward. Attacks the rim relentlessly. Tries to dunk everything, hard. Not a great shooter, but a capable offensive threat. Does a great job rebounding the ball. Does a solid job defensively, but isnt as effective as he was before his injury. Was an elite level player at Cincinnati. Developed significantly over his four year career, but was always a very good defender. Named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year three times. Was completely dominant as a senior, garnering the National Player of the Year award in his final season with the Bearcats. Selected first overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2000 NBA Draft. Became an immediate contributor on the NBA level. Plays with tremendous heart and passion. Not the elite level athlete he once was, but still a very effective contributor.
Offense: Gets almost half of his touches as a hustle player, but will find some shots in spot situations and with his back to the basket. Possesses decent touch on his jumper, but shoots with unorthodox form. Starts his shot from just above his forehead, flicking it at the rim rather than flowing through his mechanics and putting touch on the ball. Doesnt get much arc in his shot leading to some misses, but can hit outside shots nonetheless. Not a good catch and shoot option in terms of efficiency. Does most of his damage at the rim. Works hard off the ball, getting into position for a lot of easy baskets by taking what the defense gives him. Flashes to the rim when he sees space leading to some easy dunks. Likes to punish the rim. Will finish the break with authority. Wont get a ton of chances in the post, but is capable with his back to the basket. Has a decent right handed hook, but tends to face up most of the times he receives the ball on either block. Tends to be less effective from the left block since he doesnt finish with his left hand often. Capable of going in either direction when he puts the ball on the floor when facing up. Likes to use jabs and quick dribble moves to attack his defender. Has a nice running hook going right as well as a lightning quick floater off of two feet. Will get tunnel vision at times. Can go left, but will always bring the ball back to his right hand to finish. Not a great ball handler, but can use his dribble to score when he has a lane directly to the rim. Isnt about to cross anyone over. Gets stripped periodically because he exposes the ball when he goes to the rim. Plays with a lot of aggressiveness, but is more of complementary player.
Defense: A very versatile defender that is capable of defending both the post and perimeter effectively. Has great lateral quickness, showing the ability to keep up with many shooting guards. Slides his feet well, and shows great anticipation when he has to contest a pull up jumper or lay up. Gets in a low stance and very adept at denying his man the ball. Uses his leaping ability to effectively contest every shot his man takes. Has the most active hands of any power forward in the NBA. Swipes at the ball constantly, but doesnt reach. Is able to play suffocating defense due to his quickness and size. Comes up with quite a few steals. Gets called for some fouls considering how aggressive he is, but thats part of his game. Does a good job defending the post, using leverage to keep his man from getting position and getting a hand up on most turnaround jumpers. Rebounds the ball at a decent rate and shows a willingness to box out. Will block some shots from the weakside, but is often defending too far from the rim to come over to help a beaten teammate. Brings a lot to the table defensively, but will have to sit down because of foul trouble on some occasions.