NBA star: Because of American coaches, Chris Wilcox “can barely dribble or shoot after all these years”

An anonymous NBA star, writing for ESPN, used Chris Wilcox as his example of American coaches failing their players when it comes to skill development:

A guy like the Pistons’ Chris Wilcox — who can barely dribble or shoot after all these years — simply wouldn’t slip through the cracks over there. Had he grown up in Europe, Wilcox, with his size and athleticism, would be a serious force. Players are beginning to realize that if they go overseas, even for a season, they’ll come back with more skills, and that translates into greater success and better contracts back here.

I think there’s a difference between the training European and American players receive growing up, but I’m not convinced someone like Wilcox, at his age, could play overseas for year and have his game transformed by foreign coaches.

Wilcox’s physical tools have kept him in the NBA for a long time, and they’ll keep him in the league for a while longer.  To his credit, Wilcox has worked hard in the gym to build his strength and agility.

That said, I agree with the anonymous player. If Wilcox had more refined skills to go with his athleticism, we wouldn’t be talking about a role player. We’d be talking about an All-Star.

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