Perk Owns the Paint
Posted by r1zzo23 on November 8, 2008
I have always been a Kendrick Perkins fan, even when my allegiance may not have been warranted by his play. He was always a big bruiser with limited skill and that look on his face like he’s ready to decapitate anyone at a moment’s notice. Two seasons ago, he was starting to come around like maybe there was a glimmer of hope for him o become a decent starting center in this league. As soon as you put him next to Kevin Garnett, he turned it up to a whole new level.
Last season, Perkins averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes. His problem used to be that he would take himself out of the game by picking up two quick fouls in the first quarter, but he is learning how to play physical without fouling every time down the floor. He averaged a respectable 1.5 blocks last season and I’m sure playing next to KG helped that.
But watching him play the last three games this season, I’m starting to think he very well may have the timing down when it comes to blocking shots. After back-to-back four block performances (@ Houston, @ Oklahoma City), Perkins returned home and kept the block party going. Last night with the Milwaukee Bucks in town, Kendrick Perkins rejected SEVEN shots! The seven blocks is now his new career-high (he had six on three different occassions) and puts him tied for 3rd in the league with 2.8 blocked shots per game. Now do I expect Perkins to challenge Dwight Howard for the blocked shots leader for the season? Not at all. But will it surprise me if he averages over 2.5 blocks a game this season and finally becomes a top defensive center? I already think he is one of the best low-post defenders in the league already. If he starts blocking shots at this rate, he’ll be a force in the paint that all teams will have to respect.