Marcin Gortat compared Boban Marjanovic to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Marcin Gortat compared Boban Marjanovic to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Boban Marjanovic is one of the most productive players in the NBA. Standing at 7’ 3’’ and weighing over 290 pounds, Boban looks like a man amongst children even in the NBA.

Last season he played in 19 games with the Pistons and 20 games with the Clippers. Boban averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in just 8.6 minutes per game. He shot 53.4% from the field (though that number was an improved 55.1% in a Clippers uniform) and an impressive 79.4% from the charity stripe.

Boban is also a great personality outside the basketball court. He spends a lot of time with Tobias Harris and they are known as Bobi and Tobi by making their presence known as burgeoning entertainment icons. In addition to their usual viral hijinks, the two starred in the Bobi + Tobi show, which chronicled the “pre-preseason” and involved plenty of unorthodox training methods for the upcoming season.

Marcin Gortat, who is also one of Marjanovic’s teammates on the Los Angeles Clippers, has heaped praise upon his fellow European for his pre-season performances this year and has even gone as far to compare Boban to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (via Andrew Greif, LA Times)

“I mean Boban is unstoppable. To be honest with you I’m just surprised how incredibly skilled he is for his size and incredibly smart. Just because people have a tendency to look physical aspect of him they’re thinking he’s a little funny but it ain’t funny when he out there on the court and you’ve got to guard him. It ain’t funny, I’m telling you right now. You got to be really focused on the guy to guard him right because otherwise, he’s going to get you 20 and 12 in eight minutes. That’s what he did, he showed up every game he checked in for eight minutes and he got a double-double. I mean, Jesus Christ, that’s better than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”

Boban has had a productive preseason. In four games, despite averaging only 8.7 minutes per game, he has put up a respectable 10.5 points (that’s more than a point per minute for all you non-mathematicians), 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while getting to the line a remarkable 4.2 times per game and converting free throws at an above-league-average clip.

If given an opportunity, it’s obvious Boban could be an effective NBA center and perhaps help the Clippers team reach the playoffs next season.