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Talib Zanna - PF/C, 6'9, 230
Signed in Israel - Signed with Ironi Nes-Ziona
       Date of birth: 10/01/1990
       Country: Nigeria
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Pittsburgh
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

29th September, 2014 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Oklahoma City.
24th October, 2014 NBA Waived by Oklahoma City.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Oklahoma City Blue.
24th September, 2015 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Oklahoma City.
22nd October, 2015 NBA Waived by Oklahoma City.
3rd November, 2015 D-League Designated as a returning player by Oklahoma City Blue.
3rd August, 2016 France Signed a one year contract with Nanterre.
14th August, 2017 Israel Signed a one year contract with Ironi Nes-Ziona.
When: Where:
2009 - 2014 Pittsburgh (NCAA)
July 2014 Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)
September 2014 - October 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
October 2014 - June 2015 Oklahoma City Blue (D-League)
July 2015 Oklahoma City Thunder (Summer League)
July 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
September 2015 - October 2015 Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
November 2015 - June 2016 Oklahoma City Blue (D-League)
July 2016 Dallas Mavericks (Summer League)
August 2016 - June 2017 Nanterre (France)
August 2017 - present Ironi Nes-Ziona (Israel)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 1: NCAA Centres

Man with basketball watches on as Talib Zanna and Rakeem Christmas visit Jack Rabbit Slims.

Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh, Senior, 6'9 230lbs

2013/14 stats 30.3 mpg, 13.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 0.5 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.6 fpg, 1.5 TOpg, 58.6% FG, 66.7% FT

A bit short for the position, Zanna has a long wingspan and plenty of upper body strength, big enough to play the post position that his skill set is all about. His well toned frame certainly looks the part. And he plays a pretty old school centre's game.

Zanna improved incrementally but consistently over his four seasons, as attested to by his minutes per game and PER. He has rounded into a competent if unspectacular player on both ends of the court, with some power and explosion, a good role player with limitations he understands and plays within. Tough and athletic, Zanna's powerful frame is enticing, and he has added a modicum of ball skills to it over time.

Offensively, Zanna is not hugely skilled, somewhat limited to a limited right handed hook shot and only about 10 feet of slightly elbowy baseline jumpshot range. He does not create offense, for himself nor anyone else on his team - rather, Zanna relies on his activity and athleticism moreso than his skill, a finisher and opportunity scorer to some decent effectiveness. Zanna scores efficient and on very low usage, finding opportunties to finish powerfully by running the court, crashing the offensive glass extremely well and diving to open spots. He does not have the best hands, almost never passes the ball, turns it over rather a lot for someone doing so little of that, and gets few touches offensively, but he is efficient with those he gets, using a shot fake to open up a short drive, finishing with both hands, and occasionally being a pick and roll threat. None of it is especially fluid or eye catching, but it is effective and efficient, all any role player needs. If all else fails in the halfcourt, Zanna will take it wildly at a shotblocker and split a pair of free throws. Not prudent, maybe, but present.

Zanna plays equally hard defensively, to equally mixed effect. His defensive rebounding is not as good as his offensive rebounding, somewhat bizarrely considering his long arms and good effort level on the glass, and he is not much of a rim protector despite his physical tools. Nevertheless, Zanna has reined in his foul rates over the years, mostly by trying not to be a rim protector. He stays down well and now contests without fouling much more frequently.

It will forever hinder Zanna that he is slightly smaller than optimum for the highest levels of basketball. A lack of range and variety in his offense does not help. But Zanna has developed into a quality role player on both ends of the court. He may stand out at no one thing, but not are there any glaring weaknesses. That plus athleticism equals money, and Zanna should do well for himself in Europe.

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Signed in Israel


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