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Experience: 9th Season
2013-14 Season Averages: 19.6 MPG, 4.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.6 BPG
Ronny Turiaf missed an extended period of time, but since he's returned, he's been excellent.
He's been a defensive anchor, a presence on the glass and a source of energy that the Minnesota Timberwolves have needed with Nikola Pekovic battling injuries.
The statistics aren't stellar, but Turiaf has been.
On the surface, Turiaf is averaging 4.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 57.4 percent shooting in 19.6 minutes per game. In his past 10 appearances, Turiaf's numbers have jumped to 5.6 points, 5.9 boards and 2.4 swats in 24.6 minutes.
The true impact of Turiaf's presence goes beyond the basic statistics.
According to NBA.com, Turiaf is limiting opponents to 47.3 percent shooting when he meets them at the rim. Turiaf faces 5.5 attempts per game at the cylinder, giving him the strongest defensive impact on the team.
Everyone wants big numbers, but in Turiaf's case, it's what he doesn't allow opponents to do that makes him great. If only he were shooting better than 39.1 percent from the free-throw line.