Overview: An aging post player who has been a backup on a number of good teams. Has adequate size for the center position. Not quick, mobile, or explosive. Uses his strength and experience to make an impact. Works hard offensively, and has great touch from the midrange, but isnt efficient enough to make up for his shortcomings in other areas. Does all of the little things, but isnt athletic enough to be an effective role player anymore. Shows heart defensively, but is a liability at this point in his career. Was drafted in the lottery after four years at Utah. Developed significantly as a collegiate player. Was never a dominate force, but was very efficient as a junior and senior. Never quite lived up to his draft slot. Has always been a serviceable backup. Backed up Shaquille ONeal on the Heat team that won the NBA Championship in 2006. Offers tremendous intangibles and is an ideal veteran in terms of locker room presence. Something of an intellectual. One of the good guys in the League.
Offense: A veteran who wont be much of a factor on the offensive end at this point in his career, and is not as efficient as he needs to be to see more extensive playing time. Gets most of his touches as a spot up shooter, but will also play pick and roll and work without the ball to get opportunities at the rim. Possesses a terrific jump shot with nice range. Doesnt have a very high release point. Can knock down the midrange jumper and has the quick release to shoot over defenders. Not going to do much other than catch and shoot. Wont put the ball on the floor to score. Not a great finisher at the rim. Will get some open looks at the rim by working on the offensive glass, cutting to the rim, and making himself available when his teammates drive to the rim. Lacks the athleticism to finish at a consistent clip. Very good career free throw shooter. Wont turn the ball over or make many plays for his teammates. Plays under control. Wont force anything. Knows his role. Sets great screens, works to get open, and makes hustle plays.
Defense: Plays with good intensity and fundamentals, but isnt athletic enough to be a consistent factor. Proves capable of getting in his mans head with his aggressive play. Fights extremely hard for position in the post, but is too easily beaten off the dribble when his man faces up. Doesnt offer much when defending the pick and roll, but stays in position and doesnt sell out on the hedge. Seldom gives up an easy look and commits fouls to take away easy baskets. Knows his limitations. Aggressively rebounds his area, but lacks the athleticism to be as productive here as he once was. Always gets a hand up on his mans shot in the post. Not the best option as a defender off the bench anymore, but a workhorse who wont ever be accused of not giving a great effort.