On Wednesday, Turkey rolled over Slovenia 95-68 to reach the semifinals of the basketball world championship for the first time.    The Turkish team has been playing very well behind the home crowd and could be a problem for team USA should they meet because of their size and ability to score from the outside. 

Celtics rookie Semih Erden continues to play well and put in solid performances for his team.  Against Slovenia, Erden had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 21 minutes of play.    A couple of his assists were eye opening.  One in particular was a left handed no look wrap around pass.   He still has momentary lapses of concentration that led to 3 turnovers on his part but I see enough potential to be intrigued about his role on the Celtics this upcoming season and beyond.   One thing he will have to get used to is the NBA goal tending rule.  A couple of times he grabbed the rebound off the rim and in the NBA, he will be called for goal tending on that move.  Through 7 games of the tournament, Erden is averaging 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.  As you can see in the photo, he's already practicing his KG style primal scream.  

FLCeltsFan 9/09/2010 08:47:00 AM Edit
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  1. Jenda says:

    Watched the game. Perhaps it is that I'm so great or perhaps it is really obvious when he's about to finish himself. It's like you can see from the moment he gets the ball whether he's gonna pass it or try to turn around the defender and finish from underneath the hoop.
    Nice passing skills though.
    Another thing- he's listed 7'0 on Celtics roster and wikipedia. That means roughly 213 centimeters.
    Yesterday during the game his stats said he was 211 centimeters (i.e. 6'11). Not that one inch would matter so much (or at all), just that it caught my attention.

  2. Anonymous says:

    again why is he still on the team????

  3. Bailey says:

    He seems like a solid safety valve, but I still can't see him getting minutes.

  4. I doubt that Erden gets much playing time this season behind the O'Neals and eventually Perk. But think a couple years down the line. He has potential and if he can get some experience and make the transition, he might work out a couple years down the road. This is a great time to give him a look because they don't need him.

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