03 July 2012
Fesenko, 25, is big, very big. Not very skilled, not an exquisite athlete, not the smartest or most polished NBA player but the kid can rebound, defend and take up space.
The in-going six year pro spent last season with the one of the NBA most improved, the Indiana Pacers. Even though Fesenko played in just three games in all of a shortened 2012-2013 season he was still productive. Fesenko chews the ball off the glass and causes havoc for opposing teams' big-men and penetrating guards and wings looking to score at the rim thanks to his above mentioned hugeness. He managed to have an advanced stat of 29.81 PER (player efficiency rating), which is very good. (Yes, you can make a case that he only played in three games, but look who he was behind in that depth chart, no true back-up center is surpassing Roy Hibbert or David West in a rotation.)
Kyrylo has done an exceptional job his whole career of using his time in the games productively and leaving a lasting impact on every game he sees action in. To go with his terrific rebounding abilities and defense in the post, he tends to foul ... a lot. Interesting factoid: Fesenko actually averages one foul every 4.94 minutes of playing throughout his career, per ESPN's John Hollinger. On the other side of his fouling problems, he also has problems at the charity stripe itself. Shooting 41 percent from the free throw line in your career doesn't exactly have NBA written all over you, but it's the smaller things he does that count. He's not a good shot blocker, but not a bad one either, just mediocre. Typically, NBA GMs and coaches like the idea of having extremely athletic big-men coming off the bench to provide a presence defensively down low and be someone to change a game by altering shot and stirring a defense. Fesenko isn't that guy, but he throws defense's off regularly because of his abominable size.
The kid has God gifted size, length and strength. Unfortunately, Kyrylo has no range outside of lay-ups and can't really dribble, at all. But, at his size, Fesenko can be somewhat of a decent passer and find the open man.
A word that revolves around the word project really comes to mind when speaking of Fesenko offensively. At 7'1" finishing at the rim shouldn't be all that hard. But, the second unit for the Bulls is a rugged gut-it-out crew, so his play style would mesh well.
Fesenko was a back-up energy guy while in Utah, in which he wore a Jazz jersey for (his first) four seasons in The Association. He has shown that he can contribute to a playoff team as he started of the Jazz nine times during the 2010 postseason. During that time, he saw about 18 minutes a game and gobbled up about 4 rebounds, 4 points and 1.5 assists. With those numbers as a big-man at a young age, it showed promise to me.
Chicago much like Utah has a very energetic and into-it fan base. I really that that if given the opportunity and early tutelage, Fesenko could be a great back-up for Joakim Noah. Fesenko's physicality can wear down frontcourt defense quickly. From there you let Carlos Boozer go to work in the paint. Pretty simple equation if you ask me.
If Omer Asik does end up in Houston contingent the Bulls don't match the offer sheet from the Rockets that was presented to him, look for Fesenko to be a real option. Kyrylo, if courted, could probably see anywhere from a one-year league minimum offer to a two to three-year mini MLE deal. It's all relative on who the Bulls can net for the backcourt. Guys like Kirk Hinrich, Derek Fisher, Brandon Roy and Willie Green all won't be cheap -- obviously they can't take all of them, but, you get the point.
Some other possible options for the Bulls with the back-up center position could be Joel Przybilla, Ronny Turiaf, Nazr Mohammed and Aaron Gray.
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