What to Expect from Jeff Pendergraph
We have a reasonable idea of what Belinelli can bring to the Spurs because we have seen him play. However who is this Jeff Pendergraph that the Spurs bothered to sign after having played almost 0 minutes in his short NBA career?
Because he has so few NBA minutes, I thought it reasonable to study what the scouts thought about him going into the draft. How did a guy that was the 31st pick in the second round and has not hardly played any minutes in the NBA capture the attention of the Spurs besides the fact that the new Spurs assistant coach recommends him?
In all most all aspects of the fundamentals of the game that you can think of and in quickness, athleticism, intelligence both on and off the court and in his character and attitude he gets very high marks. His weak points, at least at draft time, included the following:
1). Does not have an arsenal of low post moves and is very predictable and easy to defend there both by guards and bigs that are taller.
2). Although quick down the court and without the ball, he does not have the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter.
3). Although extremely efficient at scoring, he mostly defers to his team mates and considers himself a 4th or 5th option.
4). Does not create his own shot. He will shoot if open though.
5). Needs work in ball handling skills and moving with the ball.
6). A quick leaper which gets him offensive rebounds but not much of a vertical lift which translates into very few blocks. He does have a good wingspan.
There is no telling what he has worked on since then but this is where he was at coming out of ASU. He did not get to the foul line very often which may say something about his aggressiveness but did shoot 79% when he was there.
He does good interviews!!
I expect good man to man and rotational defense, good rebounding, and for him to hit open midrange jump shots. That's it.
Here's a story by Jason Price (Project Spurs) with a link to his story below:
Pendergraph: Energy, hustle and a high IQ
Written by Jason Price on Monday, 19 August 2013 15:00.
As the newest addition to the San Antonio Spurs, Jeff Pendergraph brings a certain dynamic to the game with his hustle and energy. Pendergraph comes over from the Indiana Pacers who had nothing but good things to say about him.
In a good piece by Ken Rodriguez, Pendergraph and the Pacers talked about what he brings to a team.
“The thing people don’t know about Jeff Pendergraph is that he’s got an extraordinary basketball IQ," former Coach Frank Vogel says. "He’s like an assistant coach out there, in every practice and every film session. He’s coaching everybody. He sees everything and really, really understands the game.”
“IQ is probably the biggest part of my game,” Pendergraph says. “Being on the sideline a lot, you have to watch a lot of stuff. If I’m not the one out there playing, I make sure the ones who are are doing the right thing. I try to communicate with them. That’s a part of my game I’ve worked hard to develop. I’m always asking coaches questions. ‘What about this play? What about that play?’ I try to communicate on both ends of the floor and help my teammates get better.”
Also the newest addition to the Spurs coaching staff, Jim Boylen, was a big influence in bringing over Pendergraph from the Pacers.
“Boylen was my workout coach in Indiana. We worked out every day. We went out to eat together. It was awesome. It’s really cool to have him here. I could talk to him about anything going on -- about my game, about my playing time. He always had an open ear and gave me advice. He didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear.”
Pendergraph not only brings over his hard-nosed game, but also his pregame antics.
He unleashes a series of shimmies and shakes, jumps and bumps -- all improvisational -- that defy description. “I don’t know what to call it,” he says. “It’s just crazy.”
“I like to get everybody hyped up and ready to go but I’m not going to force it in San Antonio. If the team is not ready for it, I’ll just have to figure out another way to contribute.”
Spurs fans can be ready to see a player who doesn’t mind getting in the mix down low. His toughness and physicality off the bench will be embraced by a team that plays more of a finesse style.
Story link: Pendergraph: Energy, hustle and a high IQ
And here's the story by Ken Rodriguez mentioned above which appears on the Spurs website:
Sweet Package of Energy and IQ
Jeff Pendergraph didn’t score a lot of points for Indiana last season. He didn’t get a ton of minutes. He never started a game.
But all the players looked up to him, and the coaches considered him an assistant on the floor. Say hello to an intriguing 6-foot-9 addition in Silver and Black. Leadership and energy are two reasons the Spurs like Pendergraph. Basketball IQ is another.
In Indiana, Pendergraph was a one-man pep rally, the Pacer most likely to combust before tip-off, the player with enough energy to light up Bankers Life Fieldhouse by himself.
In the vast catalogue of pre-game NBA rituals, Tim Duncan cradling a ball to his chin is perhaps the most understated, LeBron James tossing chalk in the air the most theatrical. The wildest routine might belong to Pendergraph. He unleashes a series of shimmies and shakes, jumps and bumps -- all improvisational -- that defy description. “I don’t know what to call it,” he says. “It’s just crazy.”
Do not misunderstand. Pendergraph does not hop, twist and gyrate to draw fan attention to himself. He cuts loose to energize teammates. As Indiana’s Orlando Johnson explained to USA Today, “It ties in everything we go through and what coach preaches. Pendy just loses it. It’s not scripted. … It’s all from the heart.”
More story at the link below.
Link to the whole story: Sweet Package of Energy and IQ | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS
spurs trying to develope zach randolph, amare, lebron (when posting up) and similar bulky fast players stopper?
He has the IQ (and restraint) needed in the 2nd unit, that Dejuan Blair lacked, while Aron Baynes makes up for the beastliness we lost.
0-15 minutes a game and whatever stats come with those minutes.
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