If you have been watching the NBA Playoffs, you probably
have started to notice Sasha Vujacic. The Yugoslavian-born Laker has been
making a little noise in this postseason.
While Sashas numbers dont exactly jump out at you (8.7
points and 2.3 rebounds through the playoffs), his presence on the floor cannot
Here you got a 67 guy, who is a deadly outside shooter and
a solid defender. But more importantly you have a competitor. Hes goes hard,
hes gritty and he will not back down.
We have seen him get into several altercations with players
throughout the year including Renaldo Blackman and Rafer Alston.
The more I see Sasha, the more I wonder how good of a player
he can be. Are we talking permanent role player here, or do we have the next
First of all, I want to make it perfectly clear that it
pains to give this man props. Hes not exactly very likable if you dont root
for the gold and purple. Vujucic is arrogant. He carries himself with an
attitude and he loves to provoke his opponents. It definitely doesnt help his
cause that he calls himself the Machine.
Sasha Vujacic Squares Off With Rafer Alston
On the flip side, Sashas got heart. He dives for loose balls,
he takes charges and he plays within the system. Although his cockiness is the
characteristic that annoys people, it is also the characteristic that makes him
One of the most impressive moments came in Game 5 of the
second round series with the Jazz, where he finished the game shooting 1-11
including 1-8 from downtown. Sasha was never discouraged and kept firing shots
with confidence even though they werent dropping. The next game he torched the
Jazz, hitting 5-7 shots en route of eliminating them.
Vujacic Video Blog – Lakers vs. Jazz
Another telling sign for Vujucic is his improvement. Ever
since he was drafted in the first round in 04, Sasha has improved his point
production and three-point percentage. This season was definitely his breakout
year, as he doubled his points per game average from a season ago (8.8 ppg from
4.3 ppg) and upped his three point shooting by over 6% (43.7% from 37.3%).
Despite his obvious improvement, Sasha still has holes in
his game. His sub-par passing ability, along with the fact that he is weak off
the dribble, narrows his chances of being a starting point guard. He must learn
how to create his own shot if he wants to be complete off-guard.
Sasha is only 23, and has time to develop his overall game.
All things said, I think that Vujacic has the potential to become a third or
fourth option down the road for the Lakers or some other team.
But dont look for Sasha to leave Tinseltown anytime soon,
seeing that Derek Fisher is getting up there in age and the fact that Mitch Kupchak
and Phil Jackson love this guy. If I were a Lakers fan, I probably would too.
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