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ZagNative
05-29-2016, 03:01 PM
This piece from CBS Sports by Matt Norlander (http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/gonzagas-domantas-sabonis-could-someday-be-the-best-recent-zag-in-the-nba/) is kind of fun to read.
Turiaf's practically the same height, with a little longer wingspan but was measured at the exact same weight in 2005 as Sabonis was in 2015. (Sabonis did not get measured at the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.) Turiaf's build and style have kept him in the league for seven seasons. He's a great example of a guy with one or two reliable skills who understands his role, plays with a lot of effort and can stick around. That's Sabonis' base line, which is a great sign.

Stat-wise, most closely resembles: Austin Daye

Daye (11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 22.9 PER) was an interesting case at Gonzaga. He had his moments, but many felt he was never as consistent or good as he should have been. He got drafted based on natural skill and potential, but ultimately fell short there too. Sabonis hasn't had the same questions follow him in the past two seasons.

Can be better than: Adam Morrison, Austin Daye, Robert Sacre

Sacre is the only one of those three still in the league. Morrison was the No. 3 pick in 2006 after coming off a player-of-the-year season. Sabonis won't go that high, but looking at Morrison's fortes then vs. Sabonis' style now, they're very different. Sabonis doesn't seem like he'll be a bust in general because his game is built for both the NBA and Euro play, if all else fails. He's too strong, too disciplined and too committed not to be a solid player for years to come.

Probably won't be as good as: N/A

There's not been one Gonzaga player who's been so good that Sabonis can't become the best. This is both good and bad. Hey, the fact that Gonzaga's pushing out a pro every other year is a really good sign. It just hasn't had an out-and-out star translate to the NBA level yet. Sabonis could become that guy. He's got tremendous toughness, drive and around-the-rim ability to earn a living for a decade-plus in the league.

Most probable career arc/impact: Ronny Turiaf

seacatfan
05-29-2016, 03:46 PM
Olynk? No mention in the posted portion of the article. Of the listed former Zags, the bar isn't set all that high for Sabonis to surpass. Journeyman role players.

IowaSERE
05-29-2016, 04:03 PM
There's not been one Gonzaga player who's been so good that Sabonis can't become the best.

Ever heard of Stockton?

Mantua
05-29-2016, 04:03 PM
Olynk? No mention in the posted portion of the article. Of the listed former Zags, the bar isn't set all that high for Sabonis to surpass. Journeyman role players.

Olynyk is listed in the article undo recently drafted Zags.

Probably Sabonis isn't compared to Olynyk or Morrison because he is not considered to be a long range shooter.

Ekrub
05-29-2016, 04:27 PM
Turiaf no longer in the nba, norlander get with it!

ehk 21
05-29-2016, 05:38 PM
Key word in the headline is "recent." I am guessing by recent, they mean during this current post-1998 era of Bulldog success. That's why Stockton is not considered.

DixieZag
05-30-2016, 10:48 AM
I think Sabonis' game and what he brings is far closer to Olynick than Morrison. Yes, Kelly could shoot the 3, maybe Domas can, too - we don't know. But, they will both make their money banging, playing hard.

Rather incredible Olynick wasn't compared but Sacre was.

krozman
05-30-2016, 01:12 PM
Mentioning Stockton is like mentioning how America was once part of England. No conversation can ever go into the Jordan or pre Jordan era without descending into a fight with new guys talking about how the old players wouldn't even get drafted now, etc etc. It is kinda weird they didn't mention Kelly though.

MDABE80
05-30-2016, 02:29 PM
Outside of Stocks, most of our guys were "serviceable". They did fine. BUT Domas has a chance to be something special despite his short arms. His motor is what will make the different PLUS his playing of angles and footwork are among the best in the college game.