Alperen Sengun on Nikola Jovic’s impact: “Our games are similar”

2023-11-27T22:16:50+00:00 2023-11-27T22:16:50+00:00.

Cesare Milanti

27/Nov/23 22:16

The Turkish go-to-guy of the Houston Rockets was the latest guest of Paul George’s Podcast P

By Eurohoops team /

Talking to Paul George as the latest guest of his Podcast P, the young superstar Alperen Sengun touched on some topics regarding his short NBA career, including his free-throw routine.

Saying some things to the basketball before shooting has been working for the former Besiktas player. “That routine started a couple of years ago. I’m just talking to the ball, nicely, and spinning it. If it’s not getting in, I’m talking bad next time. When I was playing in Turkey my last year, my free throw percentage was like 85.0-86.0%, something like that. I just didn’t want to change it. Right now it’s not going really well, like 65.0% or something but I just don’t want to change it”, he said.

Starting the season on a positive note, Alperen Sengun gave credit to the team’s newest head coach Ime Udoka. “He’s still acting like a player. He’s so professional. He’s not going to lie to your face, which I like because I grew up in Europe, and that’s tough. He brings a lot of things. I can say he even brings happiness to us”, he shared about the former Boston Celtics head coach.

The current Rockets superstar mentioned also the similarities between his playing style and the back-to-back NBA MVP. “I can say that all the European bigs and other players are so close to each other. After the game, he’s coming up to saying to keep it up. It’s great for me. I don’t try to play like him, but our games are similar”, he commented on Nikola Jovic.

In the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season, the 21-year-old gem has been providing 20.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game, trying to keep the Houston Rockets competitive in the 8th position in the Western Conference at an 8-6 record.

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