Getting to know Omer Asik
There is plenty of tape of the Bulls’ new additions including Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, CJ Watson and Kurt Thomas. We generally have an idea of what each of these players will bring to the court this upcoming season. This is not the case with Bulls import, Omer Asik.
Asik, whom the Bulls picked up from the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, hails from Turkey. He played the majority of his games for Fenerbache Ulker and had some considerable success (mostly shot blocking) in Euroleague contests. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see Asik play against some higher level competition in August and September when he suits up for the Turkish National Team at the World Championships in Turkey.
Until then, head on over to NBAPlaybook.com for a detailed analysis of Asik’s strengths and considerable weaknesses with supporting video evidence. Looks like he has some ability to finish at the rim, but I agree with the assessment that he looks pretty weak. Some sites have him at 7’0″ but in truth, he probably is closer to 6’11″. And at that height and 230 lbs he’s going to be pushed around a lot in the NBA. Yet, if all he does is keep someone else from getting a clean shot at a rebound, I’ll trust Taj or Joakim to come away with any deflections that he can’t pull down himself.