Unexpected Delivery

If you look around the league, you would think that people like Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett would be averaging double-doubles. Well, Garnett isn't averaging a double-double, but their is a surprise entry to the double-double club, Utah's Paul Milsap.

PF Paul Milsap was expected to step into the starting spot left vacant by Carlos Boozer. He did make that claim in the pre-season, but with the acquisition of C Al Jefferson from Minnesota this off-season, Milsap was expected to be more of a rebounder. Instead of Milsap taking a backseat to Boozer, he has stepped to the forefront and become the leading scorer and rebounder for this team, averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds a game.

I know a lot of people are probably wondering how Milsap is getting this done. Milsap is an undersized power forward at 6'8", so the first thing he has is tremendous feel for the game. His tremendous feel for the game allows him to be a good rebounder. It seems as if he tracks the ball as its in the air when a shot goes up. His anticipation allows for him to get easy putbacks on rebounds and also him to anticipate plays and creates extra possessions for the Jazz as well.

The next skill that Milsap possesses is a feathery touch from 15-20 feet. This skill helps him take bigger power forwards on the perimeter and his touch also makes him a dangerous weapon on the pick-and-roll on with PG Darren Williams.

The last and final skill that has helped Milsap deliver is his ball-handling skills. He spent a lot of time this off-season refining his ball-handling skills so that he would be an asset on the fast break. Now he can lead as well as finish on the break with much more ease and be more of a threat on the court.

Milsap has certainly been a big surprise this season and if he keep producing this way, he will be looking at his 1st All-star game appearance this year.

2 Responses

  1. James Rutherford

    He sounds like a Dennis Rodman with attributes, and a all around better knowledge of the game.

    • I wouldn’t go as far as to say that he’s a Dennis Rodman in the rebouding part of his game. Joakhim Noah of the Bulls is a better rebounder, but Milsap is definitely showing that he can be one of the best power forwards in the game when given the opportunity.

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