Overview: A long, athletic center who is a productive defender, an outstanding rebounder and a just-decent offensive player. Has a huge wingspan and good height for a center, but is extremely lanky. Very fluid for a five, but not super quick or explosive. Relies more on his incredible length and timing more so than freakish athleticism. Shows very good lateral quickness, but doesnt have the bulk to dominate the block. Has some decent offensive tools. Uses his athleticism to find some easy opportunities. Not a horrible outside shooter, especially for a center. Can finish at the rim, but not efficiently. One of the best shot blockers in the game. Rebounds at an extremely high rate. Developed into one of the best players in college basketball over his three year career at UMass. Won every player of the year award as a junior. Carried his team to the Final Four. Sent his stock through the roof, setting the NCAA tournament record for blocks without making it to the final. Had a very nice rookie year in Toronto. Improved his rebounding and defense over time, but never became a featured offensive player. Was not able to stay healthy early in his career. Played more games in the last two seasons than in any other pair of seasons in his entire careerpossibly due to a contract clause which forced him to. Two time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. Won the defensive player of the year award in 2007 for the Nuggets, probably the worst defensive team in the League that year. Plays hard. Still has a few years of productivity left.
Offense: Not the most efficient offensive player, and not really a prolific scorer by any stretch. Did not post up at all during his time in Denver. Got a little more than a third of his offense from spot up opportunities, with another third coming off of a combination of cuts and offensive rebounds. Has soft touch for a center, but his release and mechanics do not allow for much consistency. Shoots the ball awkwardly, from a bent over position from the opposite side of his body with little elevation or extension. Still manages to hit some shots from the outside, but not at a great rate. Will bait opposing centers into defending him from the outside, which opens up the paint for others to post up or slash. Fakes a lot of defenders off their feet. Used to go straight to the rim for dunks. Injuries have made it more difficult for him to do that. Still capable of taking two dribbles and trying to finish at the rim. Not a bad jump shooter when he has to put the ball on the floor. Significantly more effective pulling up going right than taking a jump shot in any other situation. Handles the ball surprisingly well, but lacks the agility to utilize it in any useful way. Pushes the ball up the floor from time to time. Has a hard time slowing down once he gets going and will get called for some charges. Gets a lot of touches at the rim by making himself available for dump passes and working for offensive rebounds. Isnt the best finisher. Will force some shots into the defense if hes forced to attack from the mid-post area. Tends to just flip the ball at the rim rather than making a move when he doesnt have a clean look. Finishes some difficult shots but misses some easy ones. Does a great job taking advantage of mismatches, as they allow him to use his touch from in close with minimal contact. Will dunk when he gets the chance, but isnt the explosive leaper he once was. Gets to the line at a decent rate, but shoots a poor percentage. Doesnt seek out contact. Hasnt gotten any post touches in recent seasons. Isnt a back-to-the-basket player at all. Has some raw tools, but has never been looked at as a major offensive option.
Defense: Will always be amongst the top shot blockers and rebounders in the League when he plays in the thirty-to-thirty-five minutes per game range. Has the lateral quickness to step out and defend the midrange and the length to challenge any shot. Will run into trouble when matched up against comparably sized players with better strength. Gets the vast majority of his blocks from the weak-side. Has great timing, length and anticipation. Does a very good job using his footspeed to slide over and meet dribble drives. Contests a lot of shots. Not as good on the ball as he is off it. Gets backed down in the post fairly easily. Has cut down on his fouls significantly over time. Always boxes out and does a tremendous job rebounding outside of his area. Uses his length and leaping ability to pull down rebounds in traffic. Will spark the fast break with his defense and rebounding. Has a reputation for being one of the premier defenders in the game, but couldnt overshadow the Nuggets awful team defense. Has a tendency to chase blocks aimlessly rather than play fundamentally sound defense. Has been criticized at times with being more concerned with his defensive stats than about getting stops. Will leaves his matchup wide open on the perimeter occasionally, give up position deep in the paint, and not always put in a great effort closing out shooters.