Rae
Last month

Nate jawai - still good or has been ?

So I'm not well versed in basketball and although I understand the game enough to enjoy watching. I don’t have the in depth knowledge to really form an accurate opinion. So I have a question regarding Nate jawai. I watch him and honestly don’t see this hyped up great player that everyone raves about. He seems lazy, unfit, misses more shots then he gets. Doesn’t seem to be able to set up plays. Can’t man on man mark. I’m really struggling to see how he’s still as good as everyone claims.

Is he a has been? Or is he still just as good and I’m blind? Please help me here this is a legitimate curious question

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Anonymous  
Last month

I'll show you how good I am baby

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Anonymous  
Last month

Playing under Gleeson he'd still be good, he’d know how to use his strengths. He’s still got lots to offer but he has to have a defensive system that works for him.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Don't feed the troll. Obviously baiting people.

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James Harvey fan  
Last month

His size is freakish and makes him a handful but you have to use him in a very specific role. Obviously he's very immobile and isn't a play-maker at all. I wouldn't say he misses more than he makes though - career FG of 56% in the NBL.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Jawai has been stealing money for years now. He has extended his career as the Taipans don't pay for his salary as its funded through an indigenous scheme so at least he's free or partially free.

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Anonymous  
Last month

still good? has been?

.. never was.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Jawai was great in his first season with Cairns when he averaged 17 & 9 and was MVP of the All-Star game as a rookie. He then spent two years in the NBA followed by 5 years in Europe.

When he came back to the NBL in 2015 with Perth after those 7 years away he wasn't the same player injuries and fitness concerns had caught up with him he had lost his explosiveness and has only been capable of playing limited minutes since.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Has achieved more in basketball that us hoops.com wankers.

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Anonymous  
Last month

* than

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D2.0  
Last month

Just ask MU how good he still is.

Nate at his best was freakish. He hasn't been near that level for a while, but is still a very good player.
When he first came back to Aus, and landed with Perth, he was unfit, overweight, and carrying back problems
and still helped us win a championship
Last season he looked as good as he has for several years.

He is (literally) a huge inside presence, both offensive and defensively. He's almost impossible to guard in the low post, and at the other end simply intimidates opponents out of their shot Sometimes he has off games, when his finishing lets him down, but last night he shot 77%.

He is a fantastic local option to have coming off the bench. We'd love to have him back in Perth, and at one point it was rumoured we were talking to him.

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AngusH  
Last month

Yeah, great Nate game last night. Got taken advantage of on defense a few times, but more than made up for it down the other end. Was it the season before last where Nate was injured really early in the season (first game?) for Cairns, after looking like he was in the best shape of his career - really crappy timing. No question he's been out of shape at various stages of his career, but he's had horrible luck with some bad injuries and his body type is one where he's going to have to put in a ton of effort to keep weight off.

No question marks about his achievements either - played in the NBA, top teams in Europe, Boomers, he's had a hell of a career, and is still very much worth a roster spot today.

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Rae  
Last month

Thank you so much everyone for your responses! Much appreciated

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