Now that we know where Arsalan Kazemi will play next year, the relevant questions become, will he get a chance to play, and, how will he do?
Kazemi landed on one of the best possible destinations in the NBA for a player who wants to prove himself. Because the Sixers traded their best player in Jrue Holiday for injured center Nerlens Noel and will certainly lose center Andrew Bynum, the already mediocre squad will have trouble reaching double digit wins next year.
Since the Sixers are entering into a rebuild phase, they will want to play their youngsters as much as possible. So while they already have Thadeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Lavoy Allen, Kazemi could likely be the fourth big man in the rotation if he proves himself in summer league and in training camp.
As far as production is concerned, Kazemi could be a solid NBA role player. He rebounded at an elite level in college, averaging almost 13 rebounds per 40 minutes. Luckily for Kazemi, rebounding is the most translatable skill from NCAA hoops to the NBA.
Kazemi’s overall motor and aggressiveness will serve him well at the NBA level. But in order to make a significant impact, he has to develop a solid three point shot. If he does, he could become a Reggie Evans/Matt Bonner hybrid who could help any NBA team on both ends of the floor.
Even if it’s not with the Sixers, I’m confident Kazemi can find a home in the NBA and at the very least give opponents fits defensively and on the glass.
Congratulations and good luck!
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