Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
We're going to get a new big man one of these days. But what are we getting with him?
It sounds like DJ White is still not cleared to play because of Chinese league paperwork (can someone outsource their contracts dept. to the U.S. please?).
But have no fear, Chris Forsberg has a primer on what to expect from our soon-to-be big man.
The good news: He has a decent spot up jumper and can finish on the break and when he gets an offensive board, he's really good at putting it back up and in. The bad (and so-so) news...
If there's something that's held White back in his pro career, it's his defense. During his final season in Charlotte, he allowed 0.905 points per play, which ranked him in the 26th percentile among all players. Playing for the Bobcats won't help your defensive numbers, but White owns a career defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) of 109. He's OK on the glass with a career defensive rebound rate of 18.2 percent (by comparison, Chris Wilcox is at a disappointing 15.3 percent this season; Paul Pierce grabs 19.6 percent of available defensive caroms). Even still, his career total rebound rate (12.2 percent) would make him the second best available rebounder on the 2012-13 Celtics (with Jared Sullinger injured, only Kevin Garnett owns a better number).
Hmm, sounds like a cross between Bass and Wilcox with better rebounding. I think I just talked myself into him being the best big after Garnett. Probably not, but he's probably more NBA ready than Melo at this point, so every little bit helps.