Maybe it's just me but every time i watch a Pitt game. I see Elton Brand playing on there team. If you look at there numbers Brand and Blair are not that far apart and they play a very similar style. Anybody see the comparison. Comments?
He is a truly strong and talented player, but he benefits greatly from lax enforcement of the 3 second rule. Many of his O-Boards come after he has camped out in the lane for waaay too long. In a recent game I timed him (with TIVO) at 8 seconds in the lane (no shot during this time) before getting a put-back basket!
To be fair to the officials, I worked as an official for a little while for high school and middle school basketball. Three seconds really is the last thing on your mind because it's the hardest violation to observe when you're following the rest of the action on the court, especially in the two man crews you work with for the lower levels of ball. You have to count to three while watching a player stay in the lane while also keeping your eyes on the rest of the action.
Brand's offense is FAR more potent than Blair's. Brand was practically unstoppable one-on-one, and frequently very difficult to stop one-on-two.
Blair gets most of his buckets (AFAIK) off rebounds, put-backs, etc.; Pitt doesn't really run their offense through him the way Duke's did through Brand.
that play where he slammed dunked Thabeet, and i don't mean slammed dunk ON Thabeet, we pertty impressive.....
he seems to have that tough "you're not gonna stop me" presence inside..
The body slam of Thabeet was a dirty play. He threw Thabeet to the floor in a judo like move that was completely unnecessary and could have resulted in serious injury to Thabeet. Blair should have been T'd up.
I've seen Blair do dirty plays in other games. You may recall when he head locked and slammed Singler to the floor last year. Blair needs to get his tough guy behavior under control before he really injures somebody.
Blair is built like a tank. He's physical, but definitely not dirty. Also, he plays in the Big East. I think he's going to do as much as he can get away with as far as physical play goes.
Blair reminds me of high schooler Joshua Smith only a little thicker and not quite as athletic as Smith.
It certainly didn't look very nice. But the replay pretty clearly shows that Blair didn't grab Thabeet at all.
I didn't see anything wrong with what Blair did to Thabeet. It certainly didn't look good but there's a reason Blair didn't get called for the foul.
Outside of Blake Griffin, I think Blair's arguably the best big man in the country. He'd get my vote.