Ex-#UtahJazz center Kyrylo Fesenko drawing interest from Heat, Warriors, Pistons, Clippers, source says.
Yes, please. The Pistons need another big man, and Fesenko would be a great low-priced addition. Fesenko, who will turn 25 in two days, won’t solve all the Pistons’ problems, but he’s the best free-agent option available.
The best-kept secret in the NBA right now is Fesenko’s monstrous defensive stats. It’s not that one or two metrics point out his defensive value; it’s that all of them do, without any pointing to the contrary.
Last season the Jazz were an eye-popping 11.91 points per 100 possessions better on defense with Fesenko on the floor, and this is not a new trend. The season before it was 8.67; in limited minutes his first two seasons he also had a strong differential.
Synergy Stats, meanwhile, rated Fesenko as the second-best defender in the entire league among players who faced at least 150 opponent plays; the season before he was first. And according to 82games.com, opposing centers had a PER of just 10.4 against him; the season before it was 12.9.
Fesenko still needs defensive polish. He averages 7.3 fouls per 36 minutes. But at 7-foot-1 and 280 pounds with good mobility for his size, Fesenko could help the Pistons’ defense today.
The other end of the court is much more troubling. Fesenko possess little offensive skill.
- He’s taken 88 percent of his shots inside 10 feet and 61 percent at the rim.
- His career free-throw percentage is 39.8, worst among players active through 2011 with at least 10 attempts.
- His his career turnover percentage is 17.9, 30th highest among players active through 2011 with at least 100 games.
The Pistons were interested in drafting Fesenko in 2006, and now they have another chance to acquire him. I sure hope they do.