No? I can’t blame you.
Lawal was a 2nd round pick for the Suns in 2010, and is yet to play a NBA game. He played some games in the D-League Iowa Energy before getting injured. Well now, Lawal is back with a vengeance in Zastal Zielona Góra.
Wait where? Oh, right. Zielona Góra is a small city in Western Poland. I’m Polish and I’ve never been there, so that kinda tells you about the popularity of that town. Whatever the case, Gani Lawal is the only NBA player currently playing in the Tauron Basket League (Donatas Motiejunas plays in Asseco Prokom, that due to it’s participation in multiple European leagues is automatically byed into the Polish league’s playoffs. Asseco also used to have Alonzo Gee on their, until he ran away from Poland. Seriously, he ran away, sending the info about his departure via sms from an airplane.) This is perhaps why no one should be surprised (or excited for that matter) about Lawal’s accomplishments in Poland.
He ranks fourth in points with 16.8, first in rebounds (11.7) blocks (1.6) and eval (23.7 – I couldn’t find the meaning of this stat, but something tells me it’s similar to PER). Now, it’s easy to get excited here, but let’s not. Lawal is an ok defensive power forward, who’s probably a better fit for the Suns than Hakim Warrick as a 3rd string big man, but the fact that he can dominate in one of the weaker leagues in Europe means absolutely nothing.
Lawal’s team will be in Warsaw in January, and if todays talks fail to bring the end of the lockout about, I’m sure to check his skills out live.