Marcin Gortat was claimed by many as the best back-up center in the NBA during his days of playing behind Dwight Howard in Orlando, and since he’s arrived in the valley his production has certainly proven that to be true. Marcin Gortat had a breakout season last year averaging 15.4 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks playing only about 32 minutes a night on the season. Gortat also posted a very respectable 56% shooting from the field. Gortat at times seemed like a top five center in the league but at time he seemed awful; mainly the final few games of the season when he came up shorter than short averaging 11 points on 42% shooting the last 7 games of the season. It’s a question mark what Gortat will do this year without Steve Nash passing him the ball, and what’s the best way to answer questions? You guessed right! 4 on 4!!
1) What should be expected of Marcin Gortat this year?
- First it should be expected Gortat’s field goal percentage dip, without Nash giving him those beautiful pocket bounce passes off pick and rolls he’ll be forced to work harder on the offensive end to get his buckets. It’s also expected that Gortat’s rebounding and shot blocking to remain as it was last season if not improve, Gortat is a very hard working player during off-seasons as he visited Hakeem Olajuwon last off-season to work on his game and it should be expected that he dedicate the same amount of effort to work on his game this off-season since he realizes he’ll no longer be Steve Nash’s wing man.
2) Will Marcin Gortat be the Suns leading scorer?
- Nope, the only reason he was the leading scorer last year because the Suns had zero fire power outside of him and Nash so he was the best option on offense since Nash was usually smothered by opposing defenses leaving him wide open under the basket. But you never know, Gortat showed some good moves in the post last season and he can certainly build off those moves and be a more potent scorer on the low block.
3) Is it possible the Suns trade Marcin Gortat?
- I’ve said this for a while, I was expecting them to trade Gortat on draft day to move up in the draft but they didn’t. People forget Gortat will turn 29 in Feburary and the Suns are in a rebuilding mode. Gortat still has good trade value on the market and is certainly a valuable bargaining chip since centers priceless nowadays, with guys like Omer Asik getting 8 million annual and Roy Hibbert getting a max deal(Hibbert posted worse numbers than Gortat). Gortat still has 2 years left on his deal worth about only 14 million which is a GREAT value. If the Suns are struggling around the trade deadline I’ll be shocked if Gortat isn’t traded for young talent and draft picks.
4) How can Marcin Gortat improve?
- Marcin Gortat played very well for the most part last year, but he has to improve his hand eye coordination. If anyone watched a number of Suns games last year, this guy has what we call BUTTER FINGERS! Gortat often let pin-point passes fly right through his hands and out of bounds, passes which would’ve been EASY EASY buckets. Gortat also needs to be more aggressive on the low block, many times he’d be in a good position but instead of going at the basket he’d take an unnecessary fade-away shot; if he wants to be a good low post scorer he’s got to be more aggressive and not shy away from contact. Gortat also needs to get his free throw shooting back to where it was two seasons ago where he shot 73% from the foul line where as last season he shot only 65%.