By now most San Antonio Spurs fans already know about the George Hill trade. A second round pick by the Indiana Pacers (#46th overall) in 2005, Erazem Lorbek is part of the deal that sent Hill to the Pacers.
Let’s get to know him better.
Lorbek is a 27 year old, 6-foot-10 big man that has skills and solid fundamentals. He has a reliable jump shot off the dribble and good midrange jumper and has nice handles with both hands. He can run pretty well in transition and good footwork and knows how to use his body to take full advantage of his skills.
He also has very nice soft touch around the basket, sees the court very well, and have great passing skills for a big man. The pick and roll comes naturally to him, has good understanding of the game and has great basketball IQ. A clutch player and loves big games. He is very competitive.
However, Lorbek’s main limitation to play successfully in the NBA is his foot speed, really poor even for a player that tall. As good as he is, he will have trouble scoring against athletic matchups.
Defensively it gets even worse. Given the amount of quick power forwards in the NBA, his effectiveness is at best doubtful. Besides, Erazem is a soft player. He doesn’t like contact. On the contrary, you might see him grabbing a rebound in traffic in the middle of the paint and stepping out to dribble instead of going towards the rim and looking for the basket.