Thursday, August 31, 2006

Our Big Fat Greek Center

When I gave an earlier update on Clippers draft pick Sofoklis Schortsianitis at the World Championships after Pool Play, he had been buried at the end of the bench. In fact, in the first 4 games of the tournament, he played a TOTAL of 9 minutes.

In the 3 games since, he has averaged 12 minutes a game, and over 11 points in those games. He is now the first big off the bench in the Greek rotation; this for a team that is undefeated in this tournament, and is the defending European Champion. Not bad for a 21 year old project.

His scoring efficiency has been absolutely other-worldly. He has only missed 1 shot in the tournament (12-13), and he gets to the line with Maggette-esque frequency (25 trips in 45 minutes played). Even with his Baby Shaq FT shooting (15 for 25, 60%), the guy is averaging 3 points per shot. Wow.

Here's the highlight reel of Sofo against China, including a big time throw down against Yao. Looking at this, one wonders why the Clippers haven't bought out his Greek contract yet and brought him to the NBA. Looks to me like he could help NOW. FIBA.com also has a pretty bland interview with him today, if you're interested.

Be sure and set your TiVo's (or stay up late, your call) for a chance to see him play against future teammate Elton Brand and Team USA on ESPN2, tonight / Friday morning, 12:30 AM here in Clipper Town (3:30 AM ET).