Originally Posted by AirFederer
Wtf? Bosch is 100 times the player ibaka ever was...
I wasn't really comparing their skill sets. Just pointing out that players are going to do what their teams ask them to do, and eventually it's going to change how they play the develop as players.
Player development is finite. If you tell your PF you need him to be able to shoot 3's, then he's going to have to spend the majority of his time practicing 3's, and the rest of his development will suffer. Actual games account for a lot of a players development as well. So if you ask your PF to stretch the court on offense, and guard the perimeter on defense, then his rebounding and rim protection development will suffer.
One thing I like about player development in Europe is that they practice a lot more than they play. In America, actual games are much more frequent (at all levels), and players develop more of their game during live action. Both development paths have their plus's and minus's, but more team practice definitely leads to more refined skills. That's probably the main reason European Bigs typically posses more impressive technical abilities; they practice more.