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Omer Asik & Omri Casspi Struggling EuroBasket

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by FoOLiSh_AzN, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. FoOLiSh_AzN

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    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/9/12/4723802/eurobasket-2013-omer-asik-nikola-vucevic

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    It's difficult to compare the NBA game to the international one, but it's becoming more clear that the international game is catching up, especially in Europe.

    The talent gap is shrinking. NBA stars are stars in international play, and at EuroBasket it's especially true. Marc Gasol is still an underrated defensive player and the Spanish offense still runs through him. In the same respect, NBA role players are also that at EuroBasket. Marco Belinelli is still a crazy shot taker who can put in 16 points a game if given the court time. And hey, if the supporting cast is good, he'll win a lot -- Italy has done just that with a duo of Belinelli and Luigi Datome.

    But put a role player on a bad team and bad things happen. When we account for what the expectations of established NBA players were, here are those who disappointed in EuroBasket 2013.

    Omer Asik, Turkey

    Asik was in the top five of nearly every rebounding category from the 2012-13 NBA season. Seriously, take a look. But in 2013 EuroBasket play, Asik was very quiet for a Turkish squad that floundered and went 1-4 in five games. The Houston Rockets center didn't play more than 18 minutes in any contest and averaged 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Asik's best performance, a 12-point outing, came against Italy.

    Oddly enough, that game might have shed the light on why Asik struggled so much and played so few minutes. The perimeter-oriented Italian squad led by Spurs guard Marco Belinelli and Pistons forward Luigi Datome shot 11-for-19 from three-point range. Asik's lumbering about on ball-screen action probably didn't help put out that fuse.

    Nikola Vucevic, Montenegro

    After averaging a double-double for the Orlando Magic last season, the 22-year-old center didn't quite get the same type of playing time with his national team, which went 2-3 in the first round while failing to advance. Vucevic averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game, and he especially struggled from the field, hitting 39 percent from the floor. That's pretty bad for a guard, let alone a 7' center. In the NBA, Vucevic has shot 50 percent in his two-year career. Could it be that he missed having frontcourt mate Nikola Pekovic playing alongside him? Probably.

    Omri Casspi, Israel

    Casspi's NBA shooting percentages have dropped in each of his four NBA seasons. He was hitting 44.6 percent as a rookie with the Sacramento Kings but shot just 39.4 percent this past season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The struggles continued into international play. One of the new members of the Houston Rockets hit 33 percent in five games for Israel and had quite the inconsistent EuroBasket experience.

    Casspi's scoring totals went like so: 13, 6, 14, 2, 22. He never shot above 38 percent until his final, meaningless game against Germany.

    Nicolas Batum, France

    The French swingman is playing quality minutes and averaging 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. That's not necessarily bad, especially since France is doing quite well with Tony Parker leading the way. Batum playing within an offense is nothing new. Still, he is struggling by hitting just 4-of-24 from three-point range and his assist numbers are down from what you'd expect. If his performances say anything about him, it's that he's more fit for the NBA game. Or maybe we just expect more for a guy on a four-year, $45 million contract -- that's not to blame Batum for making money, though.

    Hedo Turkoglu, Turkey

    Yes, Hedo Turkoglu is still in the NBA. The Orlando Magic still haven't bought the aging forward out of his contract and it's looking more and more like he'll return to his homeland to play professionally next year. Nonetheless, Turkoglu played in three of Turkey's five EuroBasket games and struggled mightily. He went 5-of-28 from the field, including a final outing that saw him go 0-for-9. He leaves with 7.3-point, 3.7-rebound averages.
     
  2. flamingdts

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    Not worried about Asik.

    We know what he can do in the NBA. That's all that matters.
     
  3. CantBeRight

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    It's okay we have Dwight.
     
  4. Haymitch

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    Not too upset about Asik not logging heavy minutes or playing his hardest in these games.

    As for Casspi, I was never really high on him, so no biggie.
     
  5. HMMMHMM

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    Asik didn't really struggle. His team just sucked. He didn't look much, if any, different from what he did last year.

    Casspi... yeah.
     
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    OP should include D-Mo since he can't keep himself on the court.
     
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    casspi is inconsistent what's new?
     
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    DMO averaged 5,7 points and 2,1 rebounds per 12,2 minutes in 2012-13 NBA season. He averages 5,1 points and 2,0 rebounds per 10,4 minutes in Eurobasket. He shoots 50% from the field, 37.5% from the 3 point.

    You are obviously fan of the hobo kicking dude.
     
  9. c1utchmatic

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    Hopefully Asik's experience playing with a sucky team will make him more content to stay with us :)
     
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    Actually over the last few years he has been perfectly consistent. A consistently poor shooter.
     
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    LOL. Love it.

    But my impression is that D-Mo is gradually earning a bit more trust from the national team coaching staff. Player development is not a priority of the national team, and Lithuania's roster included 6 power forwards and centers on their 12 man roster. And D-Mo obviously has been putting in serious time in the weight room. He now looks like a man that few NBA players can move around:

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    I had reservations about him playing on the national team initially, but his defensive awareness seems to be improving. 35+% from beyond the arc and not sucking on defense is all that the Rockets need from their starting 4 next season. His three point shooting has not improved much, but the guy obviously has the range to be a factor from that distance. With his stellar work around the basket I am more optimistic now than I was a month ago that D-Mo will be the starting PF next season.
     
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    I had reservations about him playing on the national team initially, but his defensive awareness seems to be improving. 35+% from beyond the arc and not sucking on defense is all that the Rockets need from their starting 4 next season. His three point shooting has not improved much, but the guy obviously has the range to be a factor from that distance. With his stellar work around the basket I am more optimistic now than I was a month ago that D-Mo will be the starting PF next season.[/QUOTE]

    DMo looks big in that picture! It's good practice for the upcoming season for rocket players playing at EuroBasket right now. It's like early training camp, but just please don't get injured.
     
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    If DMo's shooting doesn't work, he'll have a plan B further in his career - be a fast tough guy. Also the extended gym time, which I'm sure started like a year ago, is a big factor why he didn't perform well from long distances in his rookie season. I'm not so worried about his 3 point shot as I am about his free throws. Even prior to the NBA he was just a little over 60% from the line.
     
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    I wouldn't say Omer sucked. Our whole team sucked. And as we know Omer has never been a go to guy. He was a perfect piece of a good team in 2010 World Cup where we only lost the final game against United States.
     
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    Asik will always be Asik. He cannot be depended on to carry a team. He can though carry a defense. The Rockets are lucky to have him.
     
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    Damn!! How is Motiejunas getting that big that fast! Dude must be on some enhancers!
     

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