ESPN’s stat guru John Hollinger has released his list of guys who should have breakout seasons (Insider) according to the PER stat. Ronny doesn’t make the list till group seven, but Hollinger does have some nice things to say about Ro.
GROUP VII: They’re not gonna be stars, but …
This is my favorite category — the role players who are ready to step up and make a much larger contribution.
Ronny Turiaf, Lakers (projected PER: 15.13)
He fouls too much to stay on the court for extended minutes, but I’m a big fan of this guy’s energy, and he actually has some skill too. Turiaf has the league’s eight-best rate of shot blocks last season and is an efficient scorer at the other end.
I’m a little amazed the Lakers haven’t played him more and I’m not sure they realize what they have, but the fact he started the opener makes me think they’ve started noticing.