Phoenix Suns big man Marcin Gortat has had some mixed results in the 2012-13 season as his defense seems to be improving while his offense seems to have taken a small step backwards.
Surely the Suns’ struggles in general have contributed to Gortat’s slight production decline, especially when you consider that he is not getting as many shots off down low as he usually does (big men need good teammates to feed them in the post), and it is worth mentioning that the Polish Hammer is becoming a bit of a iron man for the Suns, but it stills feels like his rebounding and scoring have taken small steps backwards.
Gortat just turned 29 and what I like about him is that he has spent several seasons now on the upswing as far as being a presence in the paint on defense. Four seasons ago, he was the 47th best shot blocker in the NBA. The next season, that went to no.24, then no.16 and this season, his 1.7 blocks per game are good for 14th best in the league.
In wins, he averages 13 points, nine boards and a pair of blocks, but in losses all of those numbers drop. An interesting thing to watch going forward will be Gortat’s relationship with Lindsey Hunter because I am not convinced that Hunter can help further develop Gortat. A few months ago, they added Ralph Sampson to the staff and I am intrigued to see if he can elevate the big guy’s game.