Shaquille O’Neal on Alperen Sengun: “He reminds me of a young Pau Gasol”

2024-02-28T10:59:03+00:00 2024-02-28T10:59:03+00:00.

Cesare Milanti

28/Feb/24 10:59

The 21-year-old has been leading the Houston Rockets, but Shaq would like “to see him on a better team”

By Eurohoops team /

One of the best players in terms of efficiency and upside talent in the NBA landscape has surely been Alperen Sengun, who has now captured everybody’s attention.

Even a legendary player in league history like Shaquille O’Neal has praised the former Besiktas player and Turkish league MVP at 18 years of age, comparing him with another European big man, who stole the show in the past.

“He reminds me of a young Pau Gasol when he first came out. I like this guy, he’s nice”, he first commented. “I’d like to see him on a better team, if he was on a team with a lot of talent around him they would do well”, the former Los Angeles Lakers dominant center added about him.

So far in the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season, his third one since coming to the league being selected with the 16th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Turkish gem has been 21.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game, shooting 53.9% FG and 70.9% FT. Houston is 12th in the West at 25-33.

Pau Gasol, who has spent two decades playing basketball in the NBA with five different teams (Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks), was averaging 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. exactly twenty years ago.

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