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    Larry Sanders is currently leading the league in blocks per minute, and he is in the top ten for rebounds per minute as well.

    If he can avoid fouling enough to get to 30 MPG, he could be a 10-10-4 guy. If that happens, he'll get pricey fast.

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    Bucks Bench Cleans The Glass

    From Elias: Two bench players grabbed double digit rebounds in the Bucks' win over the Kings: Ersan Ilyasova (14) and Drew Gooden (10). It was the first time in two years that the Bucks had two different players come off the bench to grab at least 10 rebounds in the same game. The last time it happened was on Nov. 26, 2010 at Detroit: Ersan Ilaysova (11) and Larry Sanders (10).
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    Sanders Is A Super Sub

    From Elias: Larry Sanders scored 18 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked five shots off the bench in the Bucks' win over the Celtics. Sanders is the first player in over nine years to score that many points with that many rebounds and blocks in a game he did not start. Chicago's Tyson Chandler scored 21 points with 17 rebounds and seven blocks as a sub at Philadelphia on Feb. 12, 2003.
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    Sanders Gets Rare Triple-double

    From Elias: Larry Sanders scored 10 points, grabbed a dozen rebounds and rejected 10 shots in the Bucks' loss to the Timberwolves. Only one other Bucks player reached double-figures in points, rebounds and blocked shots in a game since the NBA began recording blocks in the 1973-74 season: Kareem-Abdul Jabbar scored 19 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked 10 shots for the Bucks in a 123-115 overtime win against the Pistons on Nov. 3, 1973. Sanders did his damage despite starting the game on the bench. Since 1973-74, only four other NBA players had double-digits in points, rebounds and blocks in a game that they did not start: Joe Meriweather for New Orleans in 1977, Tree Rollins for Atlanta in 1979, Mark Eaton for Utah in 1983 and Shawn Bradley for Dallas in 1998.
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    Larry Sanders never dreamed about playing in the National Basketball Association.

    Growing up in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sanders hardly cared about basketball and didn’t play in an organized game until he was a sophomore in high school.

    He was into movies, the arts and especially enjoyed reading cartoons in the local newspapers and drawing imitations of them.

    But when Port St. Lucie High School boys basketball coach Kareem Rodriguez saw the pencil-thin Sanders roaming the corridors during orientation, he applied a full-court recruiting press.

    “He saw me and said, ‘Son, I want you to come out for the basketball team and see what you can do,’ ” said Sanders, now the Milwaukee Bucks’ starting center. “I told him I didn’t have any experience at all.

    “But he said he’d work with me and he did. He never really gave up on me. He never got frustrated with me for the things I couldn’t do. He always stayed positive with me.”

    It couldn’t have been easy. In his first game as a sophomore, Sanders scored — into the wrong basket — to start the second half.

    “I didn’t know they switched baskets,” Sanders said. “My IQ for the game was very low. They had to teach me everything.”

    While Sanders steadily improved and became a nice player by his senior season, his basketball future remained uncertain. The Kentuckys, Dukes and North Carolinas of the college basketball world weren’t knocking down his door. Heck, they weren’t even knocking on it.

    Sanders, who had grown from a 6-foot-1 freshman into a 6-9 senior, just hoped to play anywhere.

    “Before I played AAU going into my senior year, I had no scholarships,” Sanders said. “No looks. None. I remember me and my friend sitting on the couch, hoping the community college down the street would just come to our games so I could maybe get a scholarship.”

    But a few NCAA Division I schools were intrigued by his upside and extended scholarship offers. Sanders opted for Virginia Commonwealth University over Western Carolina and George Washington.

    Sanders’ choice was a shrewd one. He was given ample playing time and slowly but surely developed into a legitimate college player and pro prospect.

    Sanders averaged a 14.4 points a game in his junior season at VCU. More impressively, he averaged 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots a game.

    Those numbers — along with a condor-like 7-foot-5ĺ wing span — piqued the interest of Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, who thought Sanders fit the profile of the prospect the Bucks sought with the 15th overall selection in the 2010 draft.

    “We were hoping to draft a guy who could run the floor, that could play above the rim, which we drastically needed,” Hammond said. “I think he’s proving to be that type of player for us.”

    After two non-descript seasons with the Bucks, Sanders is emerging as one of the NBA’s most intriguing big men.

    The 6-foot-11 Sanders has played well throughout the first 22 games this season and has even sprinkled in games where he looks like the second coming of Bill Russell.

    In a Nov. 30 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sanders had an amazing 10 blocked shots. The next night he rejected seven Boston shots and two nights later, he had five blocks against New Orleans.

    Sanders has thrown a block party in all but one game this season en route to becoming the NBA’s shot-blocking leader at 3.1 a game.

    Sanders’ mastery in the paint and his boundless energy have endeared him to Bucks’ fans. Whenever Sanders swats away a shot or delivers a crowd-pleasing play, chants of “Larry ... Larry ... Larry” will cascade throughout the BMO Bradley Center.

    Heady stuff when you consider Sanders’ performance last July in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In that venue, where team rosters are laced with no-names and retreads, Sanders foundered.

    “I wasn’t too happy with my performances in Las Vegas,” Sanders said. “I felt I had worked pretty hard up until that point and then I didn’t have anything to show for it.

    “But I didn’t get discouraged. I just kept working and tried to build momentum going into this season.”

    That momentum has grown to the point where Sanders, who was so clueless about the game back in high school, could carve his own niche in the league.

    Sanders is convinced he can be much more than a run-of-the-mill player, contending that he’s just scratching the surface of his potential.

    “I still feel I can do much better,” Sanders said. “I don’t feel like I’ve played my best basketball yet even though I’ve had some games where I had 10 blocks. I’m still not at the point where I want to be.”

    Hammond believes Sanders, with a little more polishing, could be a gem.

    “My goal for him is develop into a Tyson Chandler type,” Hammond said, referring to the New York Knicks center. “That’s a pretty tall order. Tyson Chandler is the defending NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

    “But why not set the bar high for Larry? With his ability to shot-block and challenge shots around the basket and rebound, I think he has a chance to be a top-tier defender.”
    http://journaltimes.com/sports/baske...9bb2963f4.html

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    Larry Sanders per 36 is 11.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 4.4 blocks, .557 TS.

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    He's really putting some tuff together this year. Really happy for him especially after he ended up last year with fans after the **** that happened against the Pacers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MILLERHIGHLIFE View Post
    Larry Sanders per 36 is 11.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 4.4 blocks, .557 TS.
    Decent.
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    LARRY SANDERS, F-C, MILWAUKEE: Can’t nobody take his pride. Can’t nobody hold him down. Oh no. He’s got to keep on moving. Sanders is back in the rankings after his ridiculous 17-point, 20-rebound performance in Boston. He looked like Kevin McHale out there.
    http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2012/12...-week-eight/2/

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    In the winter of 2009, NBA scouts flocked to Virginia Commonwealth University, lured by a fearless point guard named Eric Maynor, who would soon become a first-round draft pick. While watching Maynor in Richmond, the scouts noticed a springy center on the Rams' roster with no advanced post moves and few discernible skills, other than his underdeveloped 6-foot-11 frame, spidery 7-7 wingspan and uncanny ability to block about one shot every 10 minutes. Larry Sanders was project personified, but he declared for the draft in the spring of 2010, and teams remembered him partly because of Maynor.

    The Bucks held the No. 15 pick that season, stuck in that no-man's land right outside the lottery, where they so often find themselves. The Bucks are not typically good enough to attract marquee free agents, and not typically bad enough to merit premier draft choices, so they must take some risks to break out of the league's large middle class. "The preference is usually, 'Let's be a team that picks in the top five, or be a really good team that picks at the end,'" said general manager John Hammond. "The middle can be challenging. We liked Larry because we needed length and athleticism and someone who could play above the rim. It wasn't so much taking a chance on Larry, even though he is a little raw."

    Calling Sanders raw is like calling sushi rare. In this AAU age, when fringe prospects are anointed shortly after puberty and funneled to elite high-school programs and travel teams, Sanders did not even play organized basketball until he was 16. His first high school didn't offer sports, and he didn't mind, because he preferred art. He would goof around at a playground in his hometown of Port St. Lucie, Fla., dribbling a ball between his legs. "Sometimes, I'd get picked to play because I was tall," Sanders said. "But then my team would lose the first game and I'd never get picked again. I wasn't any good."

    As he spoke, Sanders sat in the visiting locker room at Boston's TD Garden, where he had just scored 17 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and made 8-of-10 field goals in a victory over the Celtics. Now 24 and in his third NBA season, Sanders blocks more shots per game than anybody except Serge Ibaka. He ranks in the top 10 in rebounds per 48 minutes. And he would also rank in the top 10 in shooting percentage if he qualified. When you consider where he started, the Most Improved Player Award was made for him.

    As a sophomore, Sanders transferred to Port St. Lucie High School, where the basketball coaches asked him to join the team. In his first game, he scored in the wrong basket. "They were very patient with me," Sanders said. "They never got frustrated. They taught me how to play." They gave him simple instructions -- run the floor, block the shot -- and he followed that advice to VCU and then to Milwaukee. "But I tell people all the time, 'I want to be a big player, not just a big guy,'" Sanders said. "I think I can be more."

    For most athletes, the desire to expand their craft is healthy, but for big men it is often counterproductive. As a rookie Sanders took most of his shots 16-23 feet from the basket, according to hoopdata.com, a preposterous figure given how easy it is for him to turn and dunk. According to Brew Hoop, a Bucks blog, Sanders fired more long twos per minute than guard Brandon Jennings. The results were predictably poor, as Sanders made just 31 percent of shots from that area, and his defense also suffered. Last season, he led the league in fouls per 48 minutes and appeared to grow enraged with each whistle, called for seven technicals and ejected twice. Normally genial and approachable, Sanders studied himself on tape and didn't like what he saw.

    "We get a lot of young kids at our home games who watch us and I know they're watching on TV when we're on the road," Sanders said. "I want to play with emotion, but I lose control sometimes, and I don't want them to see me that way. I think about them a lot." Sanders still leads the NBA in fouls per game, which actually represents growth, because his fouls per 48 minutes are down from 9.9 to 7.4.

    Sanders spent the offseason at IMG, where trainers ordered him to stand with his back to the basket, and fired a ball at him the moment he turned around. They yelled "left" or "right," like they were playing Simon Says, and he had to drive in that direction all the way to the rim. "It helped me make decisions on the fly," Sanders said. His work didn't show in Summer League -- "He wasn't very good," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles -- but the team was impressed he came at all. Many third-year pros refuse.

    Sanders' perseverance, and the Bucks gamble, is finally paying off. His minutes, points, rebounds and blocks have all about doubled. He is taking a vast majority of his shots at the rim and his field goal percentage is up to 54.1. The model for Sanders is Tyson Chandler, another rangy center who once fashioned himself a mid-range jump shooter like Kevin Garnett or Dirk Nowitzki. In his seventh NBA season, Chandler was still honing his outside shot, and he remembers making two of them in an exhibition with the Hornets. After the game, he was celebrating those two jumpers, when he asked himself: "What am I doing? Why am I trying to do something that other people do so much better than me?"

    Shortly thereafter, Chandler found his calling, and now he is leading the league in field goal percentage for the second year in a row, mainly because he barely takes a shot more than three feet from the hoop. Every team wants a player like Chandler, who doesn't miss on offense and affects each possession on defense. With the preponderance of pick-and-roll in today's NBA, coaches covet long and hyper-athletic big men who can rush out to the perimeter and harass guards, then scramble back to the paint and protect the basket. No one is better than Chandler, but Sanders possesses the same tools. "His strength is his length, his ability to run and move his feet laterally," Hammond said. "He can trap a screen-and-roll and get back on the play."

    Still, he is best when the ball goes up. Before New Orleans played Milwaukee this season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told his son, Hornets guard Austin Rivers, to watch out for Sanders. "Be careful," Rivers said. "You get a step too deep and he'll block you." The coach tried to explain how Sanders baits the hook, hanging back to give the appearance of a clear shot, before unleashing that 7-7 wingspan at the last moment. He watched the game to see if his boy was paying attention. "I think Larry blocked his first two shots," Rivers said. He laughed, because there is no shame anymore in being rejected by Larry Sanders, who has taken a great many by surprise.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba...?sct=uk_t12_a2

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    Gettin props from DOC!!!

    Thats what I like to see.
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    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...t=&order_by=ws


    Larry Sanders in good company for single season blocks. Even better then Zo,Hakeem,Mutombo and many others.

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    Bucks PR ‏@BucksPR

    Larry Sanders has 25 blocks in the last five games. #Bucks opponents have combined for 19 blocks in that span.
    -Twitter

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    Haha, how many other players in the league can have the type of value where being amongst the league leaders in fouls is a good thing? He took advantage of making sure he accumulated some sort of stats (personal fouls), and turned them into hustle stats. Definition of scrappy.

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    Welcome to the forums Nats vcu-Okc35.

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    On Tuesday, David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider made a list of the top 25 NBA players under the age of 25. The Bucks have two players on the list, with Jennings listed at 20 and LARRY SANDERS! at 22. For Sanders, Thorpe has this to say:


    “The list of premier shot-blockers is small. Sanders is on that list, and he adds an ability to make offensive plays in the pick-and-roll game. He has become an outstanding paint finisher and a big man who is growing more adept at earning buckets inside despite his thin frame. Beyond his shot-blocking prowess, Sanders is hard to score on with a simple post up, allowing his team the option of not doubling the post entry pass — a huge benefit”
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    Then yesterday, Thorpe followed up the 25 under 25 list with superlatives for certain players. SANDERS! was named the best shot blocker in the group, which is a huge honor since other players on the list include Serge Ibaka, Anthony Davis, and DeAndre Jordan. I’ve always loved Larry and believed in him, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted the monumental leap he’s taken so far this season.
    http://www.bucksketball.com/2013/01/...nds-extension/

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    -"but I don’t think anyone could have predicted the monumental leap he’s taken so far this season."-

    I did. lol.
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