NBA Roundtable

Clippers Sign Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins

In Free Agency on July 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The LA Times reports Turiaf signing

The Clippers and free-agent Ronny Turiaf have agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract worth $1.146 million, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

He becomes the fifth big man for the Clippers – behind starters DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and reserves Lamar Odom and Ryan Hollins – the 13th player on the roster.

And ESPN reports the signing of Ryan Hollins

The Los Angeles Clippers signed free agent center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Monday.

As ESPNLosAngeles.com reported on Thursday, Hollins agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

Analysis

Ronny Turiaf

Good signing for LA.

A good defensive player but a poor rebounder. Good physical talent at 6-10, 250lbs. Decent size with good physical strength and above average quickness / mobility. His physical tools help him defensively. A very good weakside shot-blocker. Defends the post well and can contain the pick and roll. Athletic enough to defend both the PF and C position. A skilled but very passive offensive player who only has a minimal presence on the offensive end of the court.

Overall, a solid middle of the pack backup center in the NBA.

Good addition for LAC. Turiaf gives LAC a legitimate shot-blocker and plus defender behind DeAndre Jordan. Helps LAC maintain their defensive integrity when D.Jordan heads to the bench.

Ryan Hollins

A good third string center in the NBA.

Very athletic 7 footer with excellent mobility and foot-speed. A weak man-to-man defender but a useful team defender. Very good pick and roll defender. His main value (almost all his value) comes on the defensive end of the floor. A very weak rebounder and limited offensive player. His athleticism allows him to finish plays well around the basket. Non-passer.

So in summary, Ryan Hollins provides a specific and useful skill-set which makes him a quality third string center in the NBA. And that skill-set is as an athletic mobile team defender.

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