Overview: A solid power forward who is largely a self-made player. Not very tall for the NBA power forward position, but is smart and plays extremely hard. A fair athlete, but thats not what got him here. Uses his body well, and tries to outwork his matchup to be effective. Possesses a very solid midrange jumper, but has lost consistency in this part of his game. Finishes decently at the rim, thanks to his excellent timing and smarts. Goes after every miss on the offensive end. Rebounds the ball well on the defensive end as well. Plays with leverage, and always contests shots when he can. Was an outstanding compliment to Shaq before he aged and got traded. Had a lot of success as a prep at Miami Senior HS and as a collegiate at Florida. Was a good player with the Gators from day one, and was one of the best players in the SEC by the time he was a senior. Started and finished college incredibly overweight, and therefore wasnt drafted. Has played for a successful team on every level. Won an NBA Championship with the Heat in 2006. Needed a season playing overseas to lose weight and earn his place in the League. Brings the durability and toughness that coaches (like Pat Riley) love. Terrific intangibles. Extremely clutch for a complimentary player.
Offense: Gets most of his touches as a spot up jump shooter, but will work hard to get shots in transition, off of cuts, and from second chance opportunities. Displays a solid midrange shooting stroke that he developed only in the last few years, but could still stand to work on his follow-through and consistency. Wont do a lot of damage off the dribble, but is starting to develop this part of his game too. Doesnt take many contested shots. Finishes at the rim at a solid rate. Likes to seek out contact at the rim. Very crafty in that regard. Shoots a good percentage from the line. Doesnt make a large offensive impact himself, tends to work off of his teammates and pick up the scraps. Crashes the glass well. Will turn the ball over when he gets in too deep underneath. Solid passer. A 4th or 5th option type, but has no problem with that role.
Defense: An excellent defender who gives consistent effort, but seldom has an easy matchup. Has the lateral quickness and defensive footwork to effective defend the high post. Terrific on the pick and roll, which is what made him such a great compliment to Shaquille ONeal. Hedges screens with great timing, and then flies back to cover his man. Does a good job using his body to deny penetration. Contests his mans shots, but isnt a presence rotating over from the weakside, due to his lack of size. Will grab a lot of rebounds. Always puts a body on his man when a shot goes up. Scraps for loose balls. Plays an effort based, intelligent style of defense.