Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Read this article. Now. City Pages: The Glue Guy|
When a teammate is being trapped on the perimeter, Hoiberg rushes over to bail him out, and then promptly gives the ball back. His passes are usually shrewd and accurate and he rarely dribbles into difficulty, resulting in an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.92-to-1 that is nearly twice as productive as Szczerbiak's 1.56-to-1 ratio last season. Despite being two inches shorter than Wally, Hoiberg is averaging almost exactly as many rebounds per minutes played as Szczerbiak did a year ago. Hoiberg defends the pick-and-roll more adeptly than Wally, already knows his defensive assignments more thoroughly, and fouls opponents with more savvy--on breakaways or when a basket is otherwise likely--than any Timberwolf since Mitchell.Fred Hoiberg is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I'm happy to see that he is getting some much deserved press. Keep it up, Freddie.