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Justin Tyme
06-18-2012, 09:34 AM
I haven't heard anything about him of late, so what is Stanko's status? Is he available to come play for the Pacers this upcoming season?

If he's any good, he surely is a #26 pick quality big. Or is he just nothing more than trade fodder/sweetner, like Lorbek, in a future trade?

billbradley
06-18-2012, 10:19 AM
I haven't heard anything about him of late, so what is Stanko's status? Is he available to come play for the Pacers this upcoming season?

If he's any good, he surely is a #26 pick quality big. Or is he just nothing more than trade fodder/sweetner, like Lorbek, in a future trade?

Brunner wrote this almost exactly a year ago...



Could timing be right for Barac?

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/could-timing-be-right-barac


Introduce the topic of Stanko Barac, and Ryan Carr smiles.

"My 7-foot-2 little brother," said the Pacers' Director of Scouting.

The Pacers acquired Barac in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft and have kept close tabs on the Croatian standout. Carr speaks to him regularly on the phone and makes periodic visits to Europe.

"These last couple of years, I've probably talked to Stanko as much as anybody," said Carr. "We have a great relationship. I talk to him all the time, making sure I know what he's going through, how he's feeling through the year. He's a great kid and he has blossomed into a really, really good player and it's been fun to talk with him as he goes through that."

As the Pacers lock in on Thursday's draft, Barac is something of a wild card. He's coming off a breakthrough season with Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain), taking giant strides in his NBA readiness. The Pacers have a potential dearth of capable bodies in the frontcourt as Jeff Foster, Josh McRoberts and Solomon Jones all are free agents.

But a couple of factors complicate the process. For one, Barac signed a contract extension last November that ties him to his Spanish team through 2015, meaning the Pacers would have to execute a buyout to bring him to the NBA. For another, even if all parties involved considered this the right time to make the move, the looming uncertainty with the league's labor situation is a deterrent.

"Certainly whenever the market opens, I think it's a conversation we're going to entertain and discuss not only with him but his team over in Spain," said General Manager David Morway. "No question about it, he's ready to come over to the NBA. He had a very good year. He's one of the better big men in Europe.

"He's a skilled (center), he's 7-foot-2, he can shoot the ball or score on the block and he knows how to play. It's going to take a period of adjustment but he certainly can become a quality backup in this league and hopefully more."

Stepping into the starting lineup after Tiago Splitter joined the San Antonio Spurs last season, Barac averaged 22.5 minutes, 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in EuroLeague play, shooting .577 from the field and .625 from the 3-point line.

"He's a center, I would say in the mold of a Rasho Nesterovic," said Carr. "He can really shoot the ball but he's also really effective on the block. He understands how to move on the floor. He's not the greatest athlete but his IQ on the floor helps him move in a way that puts him in the right spots.

"He has played for a coach that is disciplined and tough so he knows how to be coached. He has played in a system with a lot of pick-and-rolls, which will help him when he gets here and I think most of all, this year especially he has gained a lot of confidence in himself and in his game after playing behind Splitter for a number of years. This has been a great year for him."

The timing was never right for Erazem Lorbek, a second-round pick of the Pacers in 2005 who became a star in Europe and opted to remain overseas. Will it ever be right for Barac?

As for Lorbek, last I heard he was hoping to join the Spurs next season.

Slick Pinkham
06-18-2012, 10:32 AM
His stats in 2011/2012 were not as good in the year before:

8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 18 min/g, 52% shooting, all in the 10 game regular season, but better in 5 postseason games.

http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?pcode=TGC

billbradley
06-18-2012, 10:40 AM
His stats in 2011/2012 were not as good in the year before:

8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 18 min/g, 52% shooting, all in the 10 game regular season, but better in 5 postseason games.

http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?pcode=TGC

Also keep in mind his minutes were down, some games he played less than 10.

They sub guys like hockey over there.

billbradley
06-18-2012, 10:47 AM
And is it correct that Croatia isn't invited to the 2012 Olympics for basketball?

I don't see them in the current groups or qualifying tournament.

That sucks if we don't get to see Stanko compete this summer.

Kegboy
06-18-2012, 01:49 PM
Stanko no post, make Kegboy sad.

idioteque
06-18-2012, 02:33 PM
Unless Stanko is really special, I don't see the Pacers (Herb Simon) spending the money to buy him out when we can probably get a FA for less money (when you consider the buyout) who can do about as much. Our best bet is that he is fine with being a 29 year old NBA rookie here in a few years.

Trader Joe
06-18-2012, 02:39 PM
Keepin' it Stanky

Hicks
06-18-2012, 02:57 PM
Is he supposed to be any better than Fes?

Strummer
06-18-2012, 03:09 PM
Is he supposed to be any better than Fes?

Do you remember the video of Stanko against the Spurs in an exhibition game a year or so ago? The link has been posted before. He seemed to have good offensive skills. He did more than just hold his own against Duncan. I'm not saying he's ready for prime time, but he definitely showed potential. He wasn't stumbling around like a rookie.

My expectation is:

Stanko = Offensive skills
Fez = Defensive skills

So it depends on what we're looking for. I wouldn't mind having both of them.

Trader Joe
06-18-2012, 03:29 PM
I mean Fez is basically already StankoLover in real life.

billbradley
06-18-2012, 03:31 PM
Do you remember the video of Stanko against the Spurs in an exhibition game a year or so ago? The link has been posted before.

Barac impressive in exhibitions against NBA teams (video)

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/web_101022.html

I like the take on Timmy at 1:07