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Published:March 2nd, 2009 11:43 EST
Dakota Wizards GM  Evaluates Hamed Haddadi

Dakota Wizards GM Evaluates Hamed Haddadi

By Suren Hossein

Dakota Wizards General Manager Tom Wagganer is so happy to see Iranian Hamed Haddadi back in the NBDL (National Basketball Development League).  

NBA Memphis Grizzlies reassigned the Iranian player to Dakota two weeks ago for the second time in the season.  

Haddadi played 11 games with the Wizards during his first stint in Bismarck, averaging 6.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 18 minutes.  

Wagganer answered thesop questions about the Iranian NBA player: 

What`s your thoughts of Hamed`s return to the D-League?

We`re excited to have him back in Bismarck.  We heard from the Grizzlies that he seemed like a different person and a better player after he was recalled back in December.  I thought he made some real progress in adapting to the NBA game while here at the start of the season.  He was excited to get back around our guys and get back on the court, hopefully we can help further his development. 

Do you think Hamed has not been good enough to continue in NBA?

There is no question he has the size to play in the NBA, but his biggest adjustment is adapting to the NBA pace and style of play.  With the Grizzlies young roster and the coaching changes they`ve had recently, it`s a tough situation for him to get in their rotation and get the repetitions he needs while still learning how to play at this level. The D-League will provide him that opportunity to continue to get used to game situations and prepare him for the rest of his career.  

You have players such as Richard Hendrix, Rod Benson and Will Frisby on your team. Do you think the Iranian can find playing time on the Wizards roster?

Yes, it may take a little time for him to get his wind back from not playing many minutes with the Grizzlies and for him to get back in the swing of things offensively.  Also, we`ve changed a few plays and sets, so that may take him a little while to get used to those.  Once he does, I think he will be able to give us another weapon on the interior.  We do have a very deep frontcourt, but each of them has their own personal strengths.  I think this gives all of the big guys a better opportunity to play as hard as they can while they are in the game and gives us multiple looks defensively.  

What do you foresee in Hamed`s future?

Hamed, needs to play to stay in shape and get acclimated to the NBA style of play.  That is something the D-League can provide him. He has shown the willingness to learn and to try and get better.  With that attitude, as long as he keeps working and improving everyday, I think he has a bright future and hopefully he will gain enough experience in the D-League to help him throughout his NBA career.