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Jose Slaughter
05-11-2005, 12:35 PM
http://www.draftcity.com/viewarticle.php?a=173

Over the past few seasons, Baston has developed into one of the most efficient post players in Europe. There is probably no other player at this position that can make use of his team's Point Guard like Baston. He is a high percentage player, who knows his role and embraces it. He dominates the post with a large amount of rebounds and dunks every single game, usually of the spectacular type. His footspeed is outstanding and its not rare at all for him to be the first player down the floor, which makes him an outstanding transition player. 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3,5 steals per game in this tournament demonstrates exactly what he meant to his team in Moscow. On the defensive end he is very aggressive, blocking shots, going after every ball and using his quickness to anticipate and come up with many steals. It wouldnít be a stretch to say that he was the best post player at this Final Four, considering his impact on both ends of the floor.

Baston is a one of a kind player in Europe because of his incredible athleticism and the way he plays the game on both ends of the court. His 7 steals in 52 minutes of action here should tell you all you need to do about his quickness, anticipation skills and tenacity. 14/18 from the field should tell you more than enough about his efficiency and how good he is at the very specific role Maccabi assigns him every game. His teammates Jasikevicius and Parker know that they can just throw up a lob in the general direction of the rim and Baston will go up and get it, usually finishing strong with a thunderous alley-oop that has made him a fan favorite in Tel Aviv over the past two seasons. He had a number of these over the past weekend.

Unlike many big men in Europe, Baston does not have infinite range on his jumper or outstanding ball-handling skills. This is not something Maccabi needs him to do, though, as everyone else on their team can shoot and handle like no other. Therefore, Baston can restrict his powerful play to the post while using his tremendous foot work to post up players and finish strong, or run the floor like a deer and be the one who finishes the play in the most emphatic fashion.

In the past, Baston was the type of player whose points came strictly off offensive rebounds, alley-oops, or at most, catching the ball in the post, turning around and dunking. Surprisingly enough, though, he has begun to diversify his offense over the past two seasons with Maccabi, becoming a player that can score in other ways beyond just using his incredible athletic ability.

Besides showing nice footwork and a decent post up game, he started taking more mid-range shots this past season in Tel Aviv and he actually hits them at a decent clip. As noted, though, this is not his role for Maccabi so he does not force the issue here. But if you give him the open 14-16 footer, he will usually knock it down, which is downright incredible for those who remember the type of player he was coming out of Michigan, or even while playing for the Raptors two years ago. No one is going to confuse him with Tim Duncan in terms of his skill-level, but itís impossible to ignore the leap in ability he has made over the past few years, showing that you CAN teach a old dog new tricks, and that upside isnít restricted to players under the age of 25. On top of that, he is a team player who displays a wonderful attitude both on and off the court. Defensively, he does a good job blocking shots, coming up with steals and helping on rotations, but could stand to improve his man to man defense and staying out of foul trouble.

Regarding the NBA, Baston is an unrestricted free agent and will be free to sign with the team of his choice this upcoming summer. He has made it very clear that he enjoys playing for Maccabi, but it might be hard to turn down an attractive offer from the NBA an return to his home country. Rumor has it that there are already some offers on the table from NBA teams, and not of the summer league or non-guaranteed contract variety. With his size, athleticism, work ethic and the way he approaches the game, there is certainly a spot for him on someoneís roster as an off the bench role player who changes the game for a few minutes at a time with the energy he brings to the floor. Heíll be a fan favorite for sure.

Jonathan Givony

Anthem
05-11-2005, 12:40 PM
Relevance?

You suggesting we sign him?

Kstat
05-11-2005, 12:42 PM
go blue!

sweabs
05-11-2005, 12:49 PM
Ugh...not Baston again. Sure, his athleticism helps him in Europe, but he would be just another Pape Sow-type player. As a matter of fact, Pape Sow probably took Baston's roster spot :laugh:

Stryder
05-11-2005, 01:06 PM
Represent UMich!

owl
05-11-2005, 01:19 PM
I strongly suspect the Pacers are looking at a foreign point guard for next season. If you read a little further on the Pacers are mentioned as
interested in Sarunas Jasikevicius. Read about him in the same article 2 or 3 players down. That is where the Pacers will be looking in the offseason.
If not him another big point guard in the 6'4" to 6'5" range who can
score, defend and dish.


owl

owl
05-11-2005, 01:30 PM
http://www.draftcity.com/viewarticle.php?a=58


Here is a good article on some players that are overseas.
Maurice Evans looks interesting.


owl

cariocapacer
05-11-2005, 02:08 PM
If I didn't think the article was written by Baston's agent, this would make him sound like an interesting possibility.

DisplacedKnick
05-11-2005, 02:24 PM
So, Jose, does this mean I can go ahead and fill in Scott's first draft choice for next year's fantasy league? :D

BostonConnection
05-11-2005, 06:08 PM
So, Jose, does this mean I can go ahead and fill in Scott's first draft choice for next year's fantasy league? :D

Jose's just trying to lure Scott back to the other league... ;) :laugh:

Jose Slaughter
05-11-2005, 08:05 PM
Relevance?

You suggesting we sign him?

Nope.

Long time poster Scott H, or however he spells it now, is in a fantasy league with some of us. A few years back he picked up Baston when the Raptors signed him late in the year. Scott claimed that Baston was the next coming of MJ but he turned out to be a Zendon Hamilton wanna be.

Skaut_Ech
05-11-2005, 08:42 PM
Nope.

Long time poster Scott H, or however he spells it now, is in a fantasy league with some of us. A few years back he picked up Baston when the Raptors signed him late in the year. Scott claimed that Baston was the next coming of MJ but he turned out to be a Zendon Hamilton wanna be.

Maceo is simply setting the stage for his Cinderella NBA comeback. I was laughing the whole time I read this, Jose, picturing you snorting and smirking as you wrote it. If Maceo come back to the NBA, you better believe I'll keep a nice warm spot for him on the end of my bench. Actually, I've still been keeping up with him, as I did Nenad Krstic for years. You just wait Mr. Smartypants.

I know we joke about him, but like your article says, he seems to have really improved in all aspects of his game. Maybe we get rid of John Edwards is just keeping a roster spot warm for a tough, inside rebounder like Zendon, whose game would compliment JO's and Jacksons's.

Hmm....maybe I need to make a banner with Maceo on it....lol.

BostonConnection
05-11-2005, 11:16 PM
Here ya go, Scott, something to get you started...

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