Nice thanks for all the responses and info gives me an idea he'll be like a guy we had last year Joey Graham...but slightly bigger at 6'9" or "10.
keith langlois had some good points about him in his mailbag today. http://www.nba.com/pistons/chat_mail...ag_090820.html Like a lot of young players who show promise in brief stints, mostly against other backups, Amir’s weaknesses were revealed when his role expanded last season. Though he can be a dynamic team defender, when isolated one-on-one, his lack of core strength hurt him badly when trying to defend the post and his lateral movement was lacking when trying to defend out on the floor. Foul trouble has consistently plagued him. And his instant-impact as a shot-blocker and offensive rebounder seemed to wane significantly last season. That’s something I first noticed, frankly, in his 2008 Summer League performances and it was a little mystifying.
Dude showed a lot of potential that excited fans as a young player. Great at crashing the boards and very solid shot blocker. But his mindset hasnt really caught up. Funny to hear Langlois point out his defensive weaknesses as being physical, since hes a gymrat type and seems to have all the tools. Personally, I think its mostly mental and he gets out of position way too easily, ending in a cheap foul. Very disappointed he didnt pan out, but maybe he'll redeem himself as the 5th big in toronto. OK probably not. Still a much better player than Joey IMO
I love to read the mailbag. Keith usually has some pretty good points.
Amir isn't a bad guy to have for his contract. I wouldn't mind if the was still a Piston. With that said I don't really think it's fair to say the kid still has upside. He is what he is at this point. He's a decent defender though he is going to commit a lot of fouls. He's a nice guy to have off the bench.