Is it a surprise that Danuel House and Daniel Ochefu – two of the three undrafted rookies the Wizards decided to retain on their final roster – have nearly the identical body frames as Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka?
Cue the remix: * Jumpman jumpman jumpman Scott Brooks up to something *
It’s become pretty clear that Coach Brooks is taking a similar approach to reform the Wizards as he did in building a Western Conference champion in Oklahoma City. And why wouldn’t he?
While Brooks obviously doesn’t have the same exact superstar-caliber strength in tools as he had in OKC, he’s got just enough to work with to find similar success. John Wall and Bradley Beal are his projects to bring them into the otherworldly class of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Now House and Ochefu might find themselves becoming Brooks’ new Sefolosha and Ibaka. Take a look at the glaring similarities:
Based on these highlights, Ibaka and Ochefu’s styles on the floor differ in some ways. Ibaka is feared as a stiff space clogger on defense and recently incorporated some offense in to his game. Ochefu possesses a similar defensive toughness but looks to be a lot more mobile. If Brooks can build on that sort of foundation with Ochefu, we’re definitely in for something. And I can’t wait to see how it pans out.
Now let’s look at House and Sefolosha:
Position: Small Forward
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
This is a closer comparison. Sefolosha and House are both known for their average shooting, however, their popularity is rooted from their defense. Sefolosha is considered a premiere lockdown defender and House has shown traits to suggest he could develop into one as well. The key to House’s success in morphing into a Thabo-esque defender is improving his lateral movement and becoming a safeguarder of the perimeter.
The Wizards also retained Sheldon McClellan, an undrafted point guard because when you’ve got John Wall at the helm, it never hurts to have another guy who could aspire to follow in his footsteps. And oh yeah, McClellan is NOICE: