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Default Re: Situational Statistics: Centers (great read)

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Kevin Seraphin does not stack up well against his peers, scoring just 0.87 PPP on 7.3 possessions per-game. With a bottom-five usage level and the second worst PPP, Seraphin does not have too many redeeming qualities compared to other centers in this class. His 1.33 PPP in pick and roll situations did rank him well above average in that category, while 0.933 PPS from jumpers shows that he could have more promise as a shooter than some of the other players on this list. This is the best example we’ve seen so far of the impact that international game is capable of having on a players situations statistics. Seraphin didn’t turn the ball over a high rate, but was fouled less than any player on our list (3.9%). Clearly Seraphin must improve on his ability to draw contact in the post. Though Seraphin is considered a raw prospect, his rankings are a byproduct of a radically different system that doesn’t allow for simple comparisons to NCAA players.

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Solomon Alabi ranked above average in PPP off of cuts, pick and rolls, and offensive rebounds. However, post ups accounted for more than 50% of his total offensive possessions and he shot the third worst percentage in this group with his back to the basket (37.3%). He did manage to draw fouls on a well above average 21.6% of those shots, but his lack of polish is clear though his 1.35 PPP as a finisher is a testament to the outstanding physical tools that give him so much upside. His 1.33 PPS on jumpers (albeit on a fairly small sample size) indicates that he has more potential in this part of the game that he was likely able to show at the college level.

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Miroslav Raduljica looks pretty solid here, with a usage of 13.4 possessions per-game that is easily the highest amongst the international prospects in our center rankings. His overall 1.05 PPP is the fourth best mark on our list and the highest amongst players ranked in the top-10. Raduljica ranks above average ranks above average in post and offensive rebound scoring efficiency, which account for nearly 50% of his total offense. Raduljica doesn’t rank too far below average in any one category, faring well across the board thanks to his size and simple offensive repertoire.

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Brian Zoubek is one of the lowest usage players on our rankings at 5.6 possessions per-game, which characterizes his role at Duke pretty accurately. He got nearly 40% of his possessions from offensive rebounds, the highest mark in our sample by nearly 15%. Ranking just above the middle of the pack in finishing efficiency at 1.35 PPP, Zoubek was a consummate role player for the Blue Devils and won’t have to make many adjustments to his offensive mentality as he’ll likely play a comparable role should he make a NBA roster.

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Paulao Prestes ranks as the second most efficient scorer in post up situations at 1.034 PPP. He turned the ball over on just 8.5% of his back to the basket possessions, but only yielded a free throw on 8.5% as well (lowest). A wide-bodied post who does a nice job working the pick and roll, Prestes’ 61.2% shooting as a finisher is impressive when you consider the quality of opponents he faced in the ACB.

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Artsiom Parakhouski is the second highest usage player in our rankings at 19.8 possessions per-game. He ranks a bit below average in his overall field goal shooting (53.4), but turned the ball over at an alarmingly low 13.2% rate. Playing in a small conference, many teams chose to hack the Belarus native in the post, and that shows in his 17.7% shots-fouled rate with his back to the basket (1st). He attempted the second most jump shots per game at 1.6 per-contest, hitting just 33% of those shots, but showing potential in the process. Unfortunately, he really struggled when finishing at the rim, scoring just 1.15 PPP (2nd worst).
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Tibor Pleiss has received a lot of good buzz recently, and he stacks up very well against his NCAA counterparts here, albeit in a small sample of games. Jump shots accounted for more of Pleiss’ shots than every center in our rankings aside from Hassan Whiteside, showing his impressive ability to step away from the rim and hit shots from the midrange. Toss in the fact that Pleiss scored 75% of his finishing attempts, and got fouled at a high rate, and his resume is very impressive. The only knocks we have against him is his lack of usage (7 Pos/G) and the so-so level of competition he faced in Europe.

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Jerome Jordan received nearly two-third of his touches in the post (10 Pos/G), and his 0.967 PPP in those situations is a bit above average, but his 61.7% shooting at the rim leaves something to be desired.

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Dexter Pittman and Derrick Caracter look fairly similar on paper, with Pittman turning the ball over on fewer of his possession (20.5% vs. 17.3%) and shooting a better percentage from the field (62.8% vs. 60.4%), but doing so in nearly 5 fewer possessions per-game (9.1 vs. 14.6). Both players rank well above average in the overall scoring efficiency, but are above average in turnovers as well.

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Andrew Ogilvy has been on the draft radar for what seems like forever, and though his star does not shine as brightly as it once did, he was fouled on an astounding 15.5% of his shot attempts, the highest mark amongst every player in our 2010 draft rankings. He drew a free throw in just under 30% of his 4.7 post-up possessions per-game.

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Omar Samhan ranks as the highest usage player in our rankings at nearly 20 possessions per-game, but also ranks the lowest in overall turnover percentage at 11.4% -an incredible feat considering that he was the focal point of St. Mary’s attack.
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Boban Marjanovic is the tallest player in our sample at 7’3, and he imposes his size to the tune of 1.134 PPP overall, but gets the third least possessions in the post (1.5 Pos/G) creating his own shot.

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Arinze Onuako may be on the outside looking in as a potential draftee, but his ferocious brand of basketball ranks him as the top scorer in overall PPP (1.164) and second in post up shooting percentage (62.4%).
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