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RCSI: 23 (1998)
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
Weight: 242 lbs (110 kg)
Age: 39
Position: C
Jerseys: #25, #54, #42, #45, #11, #4, #15, #10, #19
High School: Hunter Huss High School (North Carolina)
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Agent: John Greig
College: North Carolina
Current Team: Bucaneros Guaira
Win - Loss: 7 - 8

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Moving Off the Overseas Free Agent Rankings (Part Four)- Americans

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Dec 14, 2009, 12:47 pm
The former North Carolina big man has improved in a major way since his collegiate days, emerging as a physical and hustling role player who understands his limitations and does a good job defensively and on the glass. He took a leap of faith in 2007-2008 by giving the NBA another shot with a brief cameo in the D-League, but eventually finished off the year making big bucks overseas. Having just recently turned 30, and apparently struggling with some nagging injuries, Lang’s NBA window is probably closing at this point.

NBA D-League Showcase, Day Four

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Jan 18, 2008, 04:06 am
Players like Kris Lang usually don’t play in the D-League from what we can tell. A 6-11 center with an NBA frame, Lang is ready to compete physically with big men at any level of basketball. He’s rated by most International scouts in attendance as the #1 big man prospect in the D-League, and it’s really not hard to tell why. He’s someone you know exactly what you can expect from him on a consistent basis.

Besides his chiseled frame, Lang also has excellent hands and solid mobility for a player his size. He runs the floor well, and has excellent timing for rebounds and blocks, being somewhat of a force on the glass in many minutes here in Boise. He’s extremely active, boxes out well, plays physical and doesn’t shy away from contact.

Offensively, Lang is a fairly limited player, although he’s probably slightly better than he was able to show here. He establishes deep position in the paint thanks to his strength and frame, and has some basic back to the basket moves he can utilize—mainly a jump-hook and some simple footwork. He’s not explosive finishing at the rim, particularly in traffic, and loses effectiveness significantly the farther out he strays from the basket. He tried some really tough shots here that looked out of his repertoire, hook shots from difficult angles and too far out, and some mid-range jumpers that didn’t look particularly good. He doesn’t seem to have the best touch around, and has been struggling from the free throw line at times early on in the year so far. He does run the floor extremely well, which can help him get some easy baskets.

Defensively, Lang does a very good job. He likes to throw his body around in the post and is not afraid to make his presence felt. It’s tough to post him up because of his size, strength and the effort he puts in here, which makes him a pretty valuable guy to have. He’s constantly talking to his teammates, looking to pick his spots where he can help out with a heady rotation or by sticking his hand in for a steal or block. His feet are a little bit slow out on the perimeter, which hurts him trying to defend pick and roll plays.

All in all, Lang is a useful player who might even have a chance to get called up by some NBA team looking for a backup center who brings defense, rebounding, intelligence, and consistent effort whenever he’s called upon. He’s not a super talented player, but there is a lot to be said for the consistency he brings to the table. Some of the biggest teams in Europe are waiting in the background in case he decides to cross back over the Atlantic again.

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