June 27, 2010
THERE'S your next Shawn Marion, Jay Bilas. Not DeWesley Johnson. Manesh is hugely athletic and hugely "long", with terrific defensive ability and versatility, and prolific rebounding. Nothing about his offensive game is polished or ever seems to be done on purpose, but his athleticism and hustle create him looks that he's not too bad at finishing. And his poor jumpshot only heightens the Marion comparison.
(Speaking of, how did Marion's jumpshot get so bad? It was never good, but the man who once hit 141 three pointers in a season has hit only 13 in the last two years, over a span of 144 games, 4,855 minutes, and 3 franchises. It can't all be because of his departure from Phoenix, because he started to lose it while he was still there. So how do we explain this?)