djFan71 wrote:Gant wrote:Kanter, Poirier Should Give Boston Big Boost on Boards
By Taylor C. Snow
Standing at 7-foot-1 with a reach of nearly nine-and-a-half feet, Poirier provides a massive interior presence with a skill set of which Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge admires.
“He’s an active, athletic player,” Ainge said Wednesday. “He’s just another big body for us, with some things that we need to fine-tune. In our frontcourt, I think that he’s going to have a chance.”
During Euroleague play last season, Poirier averaged 11.9 points and a league-leading 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.1 percent from the field. Like Kanter, the 25-year-old, French big man is also a strong offensive rebounder, having tallied 5.23 offensive boards per 40 minutes while playing for the Spanish squad Baskonia.
Wow. That's almost Gobertesque. Nothing on Tacko.... but I didn't realize Poirier was quite that big. I like the size, toughness and rebounding. Will be interesting to see him once he gets over here.
If its actually 9'6", then the only guys the last ten years to beat that at the combine are: Bol, Fall, Bamba, Gobert, McGee. But a broad word like 'nearly' can mean his reach is like 9'3", which adds in another 20+ guys. Either way I'm really excited to see how he looks.