Thursday, August 24, 2006

Clippers Update from the World Championships

Elton Brand -

Brand has had a solid tournament thus far. He is Team USA's fourth leading scorer at 10.6 ppg in the opening round, despite playing only 16 minutes per game and despite having exactly zero plays run for him. He is getting all of his points on put backs and finishing the pick and roll. In the Italy game where the US trailed at halftime, Coach K played EB 28 minutes, although the fall Dwight Howard took in the first half might have had something to do with that as well. EB is shooting 60% from the field and he also has blocked 6 shots. His rebounding (2.6) and free throw numbers (68%) need to improve. It is interesting that in the D'Antoni style offense, playing a single big man, EB is leading all the US bigs in minutes, and has emerged as the best big on the best team in the World. Who would have imagined that a couple of years ago?

Sofoklis Schortsianitis -

The Clippers second round pick a few years back, known as 'Baby Shaq' (or as I like to refer to him, My Big Fat Greek Center), Schortsianitis is buried at the end of the Greek bench as the 11th man. In 19 total minutes he has scored 19 points, on 7 for 7 shooting. He is expected to have a big year for Olympiakos, the top team in the Greek League, and should be ready for the NBA very soon.

No other Clippers are playing in the tournament. Rebraca (and Jaric and Radmanovic) turned down / were left off the Serbian team which is going with a youth movement. Ndong turned down an invitation to play for Senegal. Former Clipper Wang Zhi Zhi has played well for China.