Souhan blog: Sampson's career: It is what it is
- Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
- February 9, 2012 - 5:05 PM
If you hadn't ever seen Ralph Sampson play, you would know exactly what kind of player he is by looking at his bio and statistics.
He rarely gets to the foul line (he has just 33 free throw attempts this season.)
He can shoot well for a big man (.88 free-throw percentage, .525 from the field this season.)
He can block shots (193 on his career) but doesn't rebound well (4.7 per game as a senior.)
Those statistics paint a picture of a big man who plays like a small man, who shies away from contact, who is wasting his talent.
Ralph's last four game rebound totals: 2, 3, 3, 3. Has just two blocks in his last five games.
He's made 9 of his 16 shots the last two games, but often refuses to join the battle.
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