Every time Kosta plays I wonder what he would do with consistent playing time. Here is what I have dug up from his limited time and while projecting out 12.6 mpg is always a bit of a stretch that’s what hopeful arm chair GM’s do!
First off in his limited time Kosta has shown a PER of 14.67, just a shade off the league average of 15. The issue is that there are 27 centers in the league who are posting a better PER than Kosta. Now, out of those centers, only three are younger than Kosta’s 22 (four if you count Cousins) and one is the same age. Yes, that leaves Kosta in the top five centers of guys his age or younger. Centers simply take longer to develop and 22 is just young for a center.
Nene is pulling down a 16.34 PER for 22nd, and Moz a 12.4 PER for 37th among centers.
Kosta is 12th in the NBA in rebounds per minute of all players averaging more than 10 mpg. Nene is 62 and Moz is 60th. Out of all centers, only Cousins and Kanter are younger than Kouf and outrebounding him per minute. Hawes and Vucevic are close behind. For his age Kosta is the third best rebounder per minute out of all NBA centers.
Onto the intangible metric. Out of Moz, Bird, Nene and Kosta, Kosta is the most aggressive as I have observed and I just appreciate it. Kosta does foul at a rate of 5.4 fouls per48 but I’d rather have an aggressive Kouf in than a Nene who allows layups because he doesn’t want another foul.
For the record the one thing Kosta does not do well is block shots.
I like Nene and I like Moz. Moz is more mobile and after that foul on Griffin, maybe he is coming around. Nene has regressed from his stats last year and I hate seeing that in a guy who just got a new contract. Out of the three only Kosta has clearly proved he deserves more playing time and I think he should get it.