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JasonJohnHorn
03-18-2018, 08:49 PM
I was always a big fan of Emeka Okafor... just seemed like a hard-working guy. Solid doule-double dude who worked hard on D. Good team player (from what I saw on the court).


But he never got much attention around the league. He got ROY, but after that, it seemed pretty quiet.

When he went down with injury, there wasn't much fan fair, and the dude has been out for four years. Four years without playing a single NBA game, then he comes back and he's starting, and his per36 stats look like he hasn't missed a beat, and he's hitting over .500.

I know he's not an all-star, but it's just nice to see this guy back on the court.


Thoughts?

Giannis94
03-18-2018, 08:55 PM
Nvm. Props to meka

FlashBolt
03-18-2018, 08:56 PM
Not much to say other than it's a beautiful thing to watch for players who were supposed to be stars put their ego away and just accept that they are just a regular player. Especially four years out of the league and countless injuries, nice to see him make a comeback. Shaun Livingston probably has the greatest comeback story. Dude just never gave up and now he's about to play near 80 games for five straight seasons when back then, he could barely play 20 games.

Raps08-09 Champ
03-18-2018, 10:03 PM
Always liked Emeka.

beasted86
03-19-2018, 09:09 AM
Yes it's amazing that he can come back after all these years and produce, while bums like Omer Asik on his same very team make 5x his salary to rot on the bench because he's so garbage.


Semi off topic rant....Also, anyone see the abundance of grossly overpaid scrub/totally useless white guy centers, Asik, Mozgov, Plumlee, Aldrich, Leonard. There seems to be a bias, but I wonder if I'm fishing fishing for something that doesn't exist.

warfelg
03-19-2018, 09:47 AM
Yes it's amazing that he can come back after all these years and produce, while bums like Omer Asik on his same very team make 5x his salary to rot on the bench because he's so garbage.


Semi off topic rant....Also, anyone see the abundance of grossly overpaid scrub/totally useless white guy centers, Asik, Mozgov, Plumlee, Aldrich, Leonard. There seems to be a bias, but I wonder if I'm fishing fishing for something that doesn't exist.

Just centers in general. It pays to be tall. Even if you arenít good. Brook Lopez posted the first ever 25 point 0 rebound game. $23 mil. Noah, Biyombo, Mahinmi all make more than any of the guys you listed.

beasted86
03-19-2018, 10:51 AM
Just centers in general. It pays to be tall. Even if you arenít good. Brook Lopez posted the first ever 25 point 0 rebound game. $23 mil. Noah, Biyombo, Mahinmi all make more than any of the guys you listed.
I guess "per capita" they are just more overpaid.

Also, Brook Lopez was somewhat worth his money at the beginning of his contract. It's also untrue that Mozgov makes less than those 3.

warfelg
03-19-2018, 10:56 AM
I guess "per capita" they are just more overpaid.

Also, Brook Lopez was somewhat worth his money at the beginning of his contract. It's also untrue that Mozgov makes less than those 3.

Spotrac has Lopez at $23 mil, Noah at $17.7, Biyombo at $17, Mahinmi at $16.6 and Mozgov at $15.28 this year.

IndyRealist
03-19-2018, 11:01 AM
It's the short supply of tall people. A large percentage of the 7ft tall humans are in the NBA, whether they are skilled enough to be there or not. A lot of centers can coast just on size alone.

FlashBolt
03-19-2018, 12:05 PM
Centers have the highest risk-reward in the league. You either get a center who is injured or not. A center who can shoot or just packs the paint. One who can rebound or not. It's tough to find a center who can do it all in which we depend the max players on a team to do. Joel Embiid is an example of such center and maybe KP/Towns can develop into one eventually. All it takes is one good season for a center and they get paid. Look at Clint Capela. The dude will get paid this season.

nastynice
03-19-2018, 12:15 PM
Semi off topic rant....Also, anyone see the abundance of grossly overpaid scrub/totally useless white guy centers, Asik, Mozgov, Plumlee, Aldrich, Leonard. There seems to be a bias, but I wonder if I'm fishing fishing for something that doesn't exist.

lmao

JasonJohnHorn
03-19-2018, 03:40 PM
Yes it's amazing that he can come back after all these years and produce, while bums like Omer Asik on his same very team make 5x his salary to rot on the bench because he's so garbage.


Semi off topic rant....Also, anyone see the abundance of grossly overpaid scrub/totally useless white guy centers, Asik, Mozgov, Plumlee, Aldrich, Leonard. There seems to be a bias, but I wonder if I'm fishing fishing for something that doesn't exist.

Asik was a great rebounder at one poing. Mozgov and Plumlee I think got $$ based on 'potential'.

But yeah... there seems to be a pattern, and it goes way back. I remember th Blazers giving Chris Dudley a rich contract (at the time: 4 mil a year) and all he could do was rebound and block. I think they were exited at the prospect of 3 blocks a game from a C (shot blocking was highlt rated at the time). Put that in perspective, he was getting paid about the same as Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter.. COMBINED.

It's insane

JasonJohnHorn
03-19-2018, 03:43 PM
Shaun Livingston probably has the greatest comeback story. Dude just never gave up and now he's about to play near 80 games for five straight seasons when back then, he could barely play 20 games.

Yeah... I remember when he came into the league... with his size at that position. People compared him to Magic. It was shame the injuries slowed him down

Other great stories... Benard King and Bill Walton comebacks.

IndyRealist
03-19-2018, 03:49 PM
This is an extremely lazy scapegoat. It is really just because tall people are scarce.

The Pacers got destroyed by the Wizards because aside from Al Jefferson's glacial defense, we had no bodies over 6'9" to throw at Gortat. There's no racist agenda here. We would have killed for a Plumlee that night.

JasonJohnHorn
03-19-2018, 04:32 PM
This is an extremely lazy scapegoat. It is really just because tall people are scarce.

The Pacers got destroyed by the Wizards because aside from Al Jefferson's glacial defense, we had no bodies over 6'9" to throw at Gortat. There's no racist agenda here. We would have killed for a Plumlee that night.

That's a fair point. I think people are just wondering why these contracts often go to tall white dudes... but $$4size is a legit explanation in most cases I believe.

beasted86
03-19-2018, 05:30 PM
There's no need to overpay for these guys IMO when you can get an E. Okafor or Willie Reed for the minimum to give you around 5 PTS/ 5 REB doing cleanup work 20 minutes a game.


If you're paying a guy well into the double digits he has to be your starter or capable of being a quality backup fully involved in the rotation like a Kelly Olynk type.

IndyRealist
03-19-2018, 05:34 PM
There's no need to overpay for these guys IMO when you can get an E. Okafor or Willie Reed for the minimum to give you around 5 PTS/ 5 REB doing cleanup work 20 minutes a game.


If you're paying a guy well into the double digits he has to be your starter or capable of being a quality backup fully involved in the rotation like a Kelly Olynk type.

Okafor is an outlier. For every Okafor that stayed ready to contribute at an NBA level, you have a dozen Andrew Bynums or Larry Sanders. The fact that he is even threadworthy suggests he is an outlier.