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"Rookie Watch" profiles Bernard James

There appear to be only Florida State photos of Bernard in our database. Hooray.
There appear to be only Florida State photos of Bernard in our database. Hooray.
Jamie Squire

David Thorpe took a look at the Mavs' best rebounder and liked what he saw:

"Nov. 19: After blocking five shots in his previous two games combined, I wanted to watch James in his next game to see if opponents were going to pay attention to where he was, considering he's not a household name in the league. Stephen Curry will now remember him, as James cleanly blocked his floater -- a shot that was developed to help avoid blocks by bigs loitering inside.

Jarrett Jack was his next victim, as James came from the help side to block Jack after the point guard used a ball screen to get to the rim. Jack never saw him coming, which is when a shot-blocker is most dangerous.

James added one more block -- an impressive rejection of David Lee in transition, where James was able to get to the shot despite Lee reversing it to the other side of the rim. James looks to be a legit shot-blocking specialist."

James, who was actually the player the Mavs drafted closest to his projected draft spot, is currently the Mavs' best rookie by leaps and bounds. Nice to see him get some acclaim.