The 7'1" center from Russia has been a bit of a mixed bag, but overall he has been a pleasant surprise. While he has flashed some potential, he still needs to adjust to the pace of the NBA.
Timofey needs to bulk up a bit and add some more strength, if he's expected to battle against the likes of Dwight Howard. He's not that great of a rebounder, and he will need to work on that if he wants to carve out solid minutes.
Mozgov is accustomed to a different style of basketball having played under international rules for the majority of his professional basketball career. Mozgov fouled out in 15 minutes against the Timberwolves, and is clearly foul prone. Still, they were not your typical lazy fouls. Mozgov was pushing himself out there and throwing his body around.
Even with his issues, Timofey is still a rookie and there are growing pains to be expected.
Up until now, he has been better than advertised thus far and seems to be a strong fit with the system in New York.
Mozgov has a solid shooting touch for a seven-footer. His free-throw shooting is also strong, which is always welcome for any big man.
Set to start against the Celtics on Wednesday, it will be a good test for coach Mike D'Antoni to see what Mozgov is really made of, especially if he sees some action against Shaq. This could also be a permanent move as Ronny Turiaf has been unimpressive thus far.
Right now, the starting center position appears to be wide open for the taking.