Fear the Fawn: Why the NBA Needs to Watch Out for Larry Sanders

Zach HerringCorrespondent IIOctober 23, 2010

Larry Sanders attended college at VCU, Virginia Commonwealth University, where he played next to Eric Maynor (drafted to the Jazz and later in the season traded to the Thunder) for two seasons.

Larry played a big role in helping the Rams make the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The played UCLA in the first round and lost 65-64, but it was a great experience for Larry and his teammates.

After Eric left, Larry became the go-to guy the Rams, he averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. He shot 53 percent from the field. All of the numbers were team highs. He earned the CAA Defensive Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons (2008-2010).

After the stellar numbers, Larry decided to enter the 2010 NBA Draft.

That is where the journey began that got him to where he is today.

He went on to be drafted with the 15th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Larry showed great numbers in the Summer League. He averaged 14 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks. His best game was a 14-point, eight-rebound and five-block game.

One thing I noticed in Summer League that I had not read in any scouting reports was that Larry had an amazing mid-range and three-point shot, especially for a 6’11" power forward.

Larry also showed good numbers in the preseason with 5.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while playing 19.4 minutes per game.  

This season Larry will give the Bucks something they needed last season: good relief for Andrew Bogut. There were a number of players who could fill in for Bogut, but none of them had anywhere near the shot-blocking ability of Andrew. Larry is an excellent shot-blocker because of his length and athleticism.

The Bucks are not looking at giving Larry a huge amount of minutes but will definitely let him show what he has to offer. The Bucks have to give minutes to Bogut, Gooden, Illysova and Mbah a Moute before Sanders because they are proven veterans.

Sanders could make a run for the NBA All-Rookie second team and could also put his name out there as an elite rookie, especially in the Central Division.

Bucks fans do not need to worry about how the young Buck will do because from the looks of it, he is another reason to FEAR THE DEER!