The Sixers lone free agent acquisition (to this point), Primoz Brezec, will be the focus of our second Predicting 2010 piece
. After the jump we'll dive into the stats and the 7-footer's gangster roots.
Fresh from a stint in Europe, the Sixers brought in the 7'1" Primoz Brezec to ostensibly fill Theo Ratliff's shoes. I say ostensibly because Primoz's game resembles Willie Green's more Theo's. He's a jump-shooting, end-of-the-bench center, and I truly hope his DNPCDs outnumber his appearances this season.
But Brezec isn't a complete waste, he will almost certainly bring humor to the team (or at least the team's bloggers.) Here's one anecdote
from his time in Toronto. Apparently, Brezec took a swing at a mascot and followed the vicious blow up with fighting words. Another time, he was the first man to ever refer to Sam Mitchell as "A gangster
And now the stats:
My predictions above are per game, for the games in which Primoz actually steps on the floor, which should number fewer than 40. I see an uptick in his shooting stats, mainly as a self-fulfilling prophecy. He was reportedly brought in because he's an offensively gifted big man. When he's out there, he'll let them fly. Honestly, he's got to be nothing more than a warm body behind Dalembert, Speights, Jason Smith and Elton Brand at the five. Maybe 6 fouls when the Sixers are matching up against Dwight Howard or Shaq and Sammy gets into early foul trouble. Any larger role from Slovenian Slugger would be a waste in my eyes.
Up next: Royal Ivey.