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Serge Ibaka 2012-2013 Season Outlook


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I'm trying to get Ibaka in my league. He is the best glue guy in the league IMO. Awesome percentages and elite blocks. Can't think of a big man I'd rather have.

Only other guy I would consider comparable is Joakim Noah. Luckily I have both :D

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What about Marc Gasol? Elite %'s, great assists from a big, and blocks too.

Luckily I have all three :D

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I'm trying to get Ibaka in my league. He is the best glue guy in the league IMO. Awesome percentages and elite blocks. Can't think of a big man I'd rather have.

Only other guy I would consider comparable is Joakim Noah. Luckily I have both :D

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What about Marc Gasol? Elite %'s, great assists from a big, and blocks too.

Gasol doesn't shoot elite % from the field, but I agree he is great.

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I'm trying to get Ibaka in my league. He is the best glue guy in the league IMO. Awesome percentages and elite blocks. Can't think of a big man I'd rather have.

Only other guy I would consider comparable is Joakim Noah. Luckily I have both :D

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What about Marc Gasol? Elite %'s, great assists from a big, and blocks too.

Gasol doesn't shoot elite % from the field, but I agree he is great.

he usually does...38% on the month is bringing his averages down, but he's usually hovering around 50%

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Anyone watch a lot of Thunder games? Curious to see why Ibaka's blocks are down despite playing more minutes this year

I'm not entirely sure, but here's my theory. With Ibaka being a bigger part of the Thunder's offense, he might've decided to tone down his aggressiveness on block shots. The Thunder are pretty deep though as Collison is a solid back up. Either way, I'll take the more balanced lines he's been giving this year.

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Any1 reckon Sander's emergence is messing with this guys mojo in terms of blocks? I reckon it has a mental effect on players when your the best in the league in something and then someone overtakes the next year.

I look at his box score these days and am quite satisfied to see 2-3 blocks while when I look at Sander's box score I tend to be disappointed when I only see 2-3 blocks.

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I think Ibaka is working harder on positioning than he is on blocks. He is also a huge presence in the paint, and offenses are not attacking like the do other teams because of Ibaka's reputation. These 2 factors contribute to Ibaka having a stronger all-around game, but lower blocks. He is much more confident on the court, and no longer a shot-block specialist. No, he may not lead the league in blocks, but I fully expect him to finish as a top 12 fantasy player this year due to his development in every other aspect of the game. 2nd in the league in blocks while averaging 15-8 with good FG and FT %'s is not much to complain about.

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I think Ibaka is working harder on positioning than he is on blocks. He is also a huge presence in the paint, and offenses are not attacking like the do other teams because of Ibaka's reputation. These 2 factors contribute to Ibaka having a stronger all-around game, but lower blocks. He is much more confident on the court, and no longer a shot-block specialist. No, he may not lead the league in blocks, but I fully expect him to finish as a top 12 fantasy player this year due to his development in every other aspect of the game. 2nd in the league in blocks while averaging 15-8 with good FG and FT %'s is not much to complain about.

Agreed. People dont want anything to do with his in the paint. Haven't seen many people drive to the basket and challenge him this year. Those were almost gimme blocks last year.

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I drafted Ibaka purely for his shot blocking as my other bigs Lee and Pek don't really block shots...The extra points are just an added bonus.

It's not just his decrease in shot blocking, but the emergence of many elite blockers this year (Sanders, Lopez brothers, Duncan's resurgence) has evened out the cat alot more when compared to recent years...

Even last year, if you had Ibaka on your team you were pretty much favourite to win blocks every week...but this year not so much.

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The blocks category is a bit less hard to come by this year. I, for one, had Larry Sanders and Serge Ibaka at one point during the season, but dropped Sanders for Eric Gordon. I regret the decision, mainly because I didn't think Larry would play this well, so consistently, and I find that I have very little to compensate for that loss.

In summary, blocks are still rare. Very rare, in fact. Without analyzing statistics, I would guess that they are still just as rare as last year, but without a clear leader, like Ibaka's production last year, and no competition in sight. His ability to block in the top 3 is unquestioned, and as long as you have another strong blocker, i.e. Sanders, Drummond, Brook Lopez (who I regretfully traded), and others, you can almost guarantee a win each week. The problem arises that there are very little options that offer you elite blocks and strong production across the board as well. Ibaka easily wins in this instance, with Larry Sanders being a slightly close second, Brook Lopez and Duncan being thirds, but then you get into guys that offer blocks, but kill you in other production. To name a few....Drummond (kills you in FT% and mins) Robin Lopez (points, rebounds, mins, etc,) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who has been just awful lately). There are many others, but my point is that YES, Ibaka is not a clear leader anymore, and you can't just roster him and forget about blocks anymore, however, he is more valuable to championship teams because of his increased production in almost every category since last year, and most notably FT%, PT's, and REB's.

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The blocks category is a bit less hard to come by this year. I, for one, had Larry Sanders and Serge Ibaka at one point during the season, but dropped Sanders for Eric Gordon. I regret the decision, mainly because I didn't think Larry would play this well, so consistently, and I find that I have very little to compensate for that loss.

In summary, blocks are still rare. Very rare, in fact. Without analyzing statistics, I would guess that they are still just as rare as last year, but without a clear leader, like Ibaka's production last year, and no competition in sight. His ability to block in the top 3 is unquestioned, and as long as you have another strong blocker, i.e. Sanders, Drummond, Brook Lopez (who I regretfully traded), and others, you can almost guarantee a win each week. The problem arises that there are very little options that offer you elite blocks and strong production across the board as well. Ibaka easily wins in this instance, with Larry Sanders being a slightly close second, Brook Lopez and Duncan being thirds, but then you get into guys that offer blocks, but kill you in other production. To name a few....Drummond (kills you in FT% and mins) Robin Lopez (points, rebounds, mins, etc,) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who has been just awful lately). There are many others, but my point is that YES, Ibaka is not a clear leader anymore, and you can't just roster him and forget about blocks anymore, however, he is more valuable to championship teams because of his increased production in almost every category since last year, and most notably FT%, PT's, and REB's.

Actually I read a piece from ESPN about this...blocks are a lot less rare this year than last year...this year you have 11 guys averaging around 2 blocks a game or more. Last year that number was about 5..Because there are 11 guys this year, the chance of running into a team with 2 top shot blockers are very probable compared to last year.

As I said, I'm loving the added production in other areas, but i think very few people would have drafted him to anchor their team in points and rebounds etc..

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Actually I read a piece from ESPN about this...blocks are a lot less rare this year than last year...this year you have 11 guys averaging around 2 blocks a game or more. Last year that number was about 5..Because there are 11 guys this year, the chance of running into a team with 2 top shot blockers are very probable compared to last year.

As I said, I'm loving the added production in other areas, but i think very few people would have drafted him to anchor their team in points and rebounds etc..

It's interesting that that's the case, because aren't teams shooting more three's than ever this season?

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Actually I read a piece from ESPN about this...blocks are a lot less rare this year than last year...this year you have 11 guys averaging around 2 blocks a game or more. Last year that number was about 5..Because there are 11 guys this year, the chance of running into a team with 2 top shot blockers are very probable compared to last year.

As I said, I'm loving the added production in other areas, but i think very few people would have drafted him to anchor their team in points and rebounds etc..

It's interesting that that's the case, because aren't teams shooting more three's than ever this season?

What's your point?

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Not really...Increased 3's probably just means less 18-20 ft jumpers.

The % of posessions that get taken to the rim is probably on par as other years...

That's definitely a possibility, too. In fact, it's definitely far more likely since I'm sure coaches hate it when players take one of those long two's. However, I'm certainly interested in seeing some statistics about how teams are getting their offense though.

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