Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Drafted #20 in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers
Height: 7'3" (221 cm)
Weight: 258 lbs (117 kg)
Position: C
High School: Kauno Stepono Dariaus ir Stasio Gireno gimnazija
Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
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NBA Scouting Reports, Central Division (Part One)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Apr 24, 2008, 01:07 am
Overview: One of the best centers in the NBA, despite his lack of athleticism. A native of Lithuania. Has a huge frame at 7-3, above average bulk, but no quickness at all. A plodder who couldn’t stay healthy early in his career. Foot injuries robbed him of most of what little mobility and explosiveness he once possessed. Still highly effective due to his touch and size. A two time All-Star who is in position to play for the Cavaliers his entire career. The native Lithuanian has great character, and is a great mentor for younger players.

Offense: Gets thirty percent of his touches in the post, and another twenty percent from offensive rebounds. Has some decent post moves, including a sweeping right handed hook, a nice turnaround, and some effective up and under moves. Is one of the best offensive rebounders in the League and is consistently the League leader in tips. Is a bit turnover prone due to his height and speed. Has an amazing midrange jump shot with a high release and tremendous touch. Rarely misses when left open from inside of twenty feet. Gets to the line well, where he seldom misses. Doesn’t run the floor well and lacks the quickness do much off the pick and roll other than pop to the open spot. Is incredibly efficient on the offensive end overall. Arguably the second most consistently effective center offensively over the past decade to Shaquille O’Neal.

Defense: Can’t guard the power forward spot, so often gets a pretty soft matchup. Gets in foul trouble periodically, which kills Cleveland on the offensive end. Blocks shots at a decent rate due to his size. Isn’t athletic enough to stop players who can face up effectively. Rebounds the ball extremely well. Is able to hedge the pick and roll just enough.