I'll attempted to revive it.. With some 'decent' yet, suspect news.. From NBA.com:
2006-07 Season Preview - Samuel Dalembert
Height/Weight: 6-11 / 250
Birthdate: May 10, 1981
College: Seton Hall
Acquired: Selected by the Sixers in the first round (26th overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Dalembert is entering his fifth NBA season in 2006-07. For his career he has appeared in 254 games (165 starts), averaging 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.90 blocks per game. He is a 52.9 percent (738-1395) shooter from the field and 63.8 percent from the line. Dalembert became the seventh player in franchise history to record at least three consecutive seasons (2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06) with 100-plus blocks.
Last season Dalembert shot 53.1 percent (196-369 FG) from the floor and 70.5 percent from the line (93-132 FT). He finished the season averaging 7.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while only playing 26.7 minutes per game. He ranked 6th in the NBA in blocks per game (2.42) and 8th in total blocks (180). Dalembert set a season-high with seven blocks versus Boston (1/13). He also blocked five-plus shots in a game 13 times (7-6). He Tied a season-high with 20 points versus Boston (1/13) and had a career-high 22 rebounds at Phoenix (1/4). He missed 16 games due to injury, the first 13 of the season with a right quad strain (11/1 - 11/23) and three games due to a left ankle sprain (2/24 - 2/27).
Season Outlook: Dalembert has built a reputation around the league as one of the best shot-blockers in the NBA. Between the months of November and January last season Dalembert averaged 3.31 blocks per game in 32 contests. The maturation and development of Dalembert will be one of the key aspects of a team that is looking to become stronger defensively. Dalembert is heading into the season as the favorite to win the starting job at the center position, and will share time with Steven Hunter and the newly acquired Alan Henderson in the middle.
Front Office Opinion*: "Expect Dalembert to be a defensive force blocking shots and rebounding the ball on both the defensive and offensive glass. He has developed his outside mid-range game so that you have to respect his shooting from 12-15 feet facing the basket. He improved his low post offensive game over the summer and has gotten both bigger and stronger. He's also one of the fastest bigs in the league, so he should be able to utilize this asset. In short, Dalembert will anchor the middle with his athletic talent and extremely long length along with improved offensive capabilities."
Sam hasn't improved at all since coming back from his injury and I seriously doubt he ever will. He doesn't get it, he has no idea how to play basketball and doesn't seem to want to learn the basic fundamentals, he'd rather just use his athletic ability.
he never had the ability to hit an open 15 footer, he can do that somewhat often now. And he is getting better, he averaged 10 boards and 3.3 blocks per game before that little ankle injury, that only kept him out for a week. Mo cheeks is why he isnt doin as good lately.
Who cares if he can hit a 15 footer? I don't want him out there in the first place. He's 7 feet tall with the athletic ability of a 2 guard, he should be down low using his quickness and leaping ability and using post moves for easy baskets, but he'd actually have to have post moves to do that. And it would be nice if he could actually catch the ball cleanly from time to time or actually be looking so he doesn't get the ball off the side of his head.
And how is it Mo's fault he's not doing as well? He's never been doing well, his game his a ton of holes. He gets 10 rebounds, but opposing teams dominate the Sixers on the glass because he refuses to box out. He gets 3 blocks, but also manages to goaltend at a ridiculous rate. He also can manage to stay on the court, because he is constantly picking up stupid fouls by going over the back, letting his man get position to deep, or being a step late on every single rotation. These are things Sam should have learned a long time ago, they are basic things and I'm sure Mo and every other coach has brought to his attention(he's had problems with every coach back to Seton Hall), which is Mo had his ass planted on the bench so often last season.
Dalembert's a major waste of talent. He could be great, but his total lack of basketball fundamentals is keeping him from achieving that greatness. What's his deal? Is he just lazy, or is he just not all that smart?
I think Sammy has a world of potential like some of you said he often looks like his not really a basketball player. He started playing ball really late and does lack the natural instincks a big men needs to be succesfull in the NBA. I think it's all coaching he has to get the most from his players.