Sebastian Pruiti, founder and editor of NBAPlaybook.com and NetsAreScorching.com, has had the opportunity to watch Yi Jianlian for the past two seasons and in a conversation with Truth About It, said:
Yi is an incredibly inconsistent player. There are days where he looks like he finally solved the puzzle and will turn into a pretty solid offensive player and then the next game he will go 2-15 from the field. Something he has always been ripped for was [his] lack of aggression, and last year he tried really hard to dispel those thoughts…maybe too hard. Most times he made the catch he wouldn’t even look for the shot and he’d put the ball on the floor, but teams started to pick up on it. If he can find a happy medium he might do pretty well offensively.
On the defensive end though, he is absolutely lost. That is part of the reason I think the Nets traded him besides the cap relief. I don’t think he would have got much minutes this upcoming year, just because Avery wouldn’t allow his terrible defense to hurt the Nets.
That isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of the 22 (or is it 24?) year old stretch four. To sort out any misconceptions and better determine Yi’s worth, it’s time for another installment of CHECK MY STATS, unofficially sponsored by Synergy Sports Technology. Read more »
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