Monday March 23 2009 – 6:14pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)

The FAN has learned – it’s official – center Nathan Jawai is back with the Toronto Raptors.

Following a 10-game stint with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA’s D-League, Jawai has been brought back to the Raps for their final 12 games of the season.

The Australian big man average 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 25.0 minutes with the Stampede.  He started in 9 of the 10 games he appeared in.

E. Smith

6 Responses to “Jawai Is Back”
  1. 1.

    I watched those d league games, why is Jawai back with the club. The block shots were good but turnovers and rebounding was not good. This guy is a talent if he plays and the D league is perfect for him right now. Freak of nature; heavy but very quick. If the best man off the bench is a 5 you’re already ahead of the game and the raps are going in that direction.

    - Rob from brantford
  2. 2.

    hope he gets more pt, same goes for Roko.

    - TomGfromBrampton
  3. 3.

    Hey in either case it’s good news, some PT vs. NBA players can only help him!

    - Lanny from Whitby
  4. 4.

    The report that Jawai put on a little unwanted weight while in the D league is something he will have to watch. Diet and training, big guy.

    Big men take a pounding in the NBA on the back, hips, knees and it’s one of the reasons why Shaq has had multiple health problems later in his caeer.

    I’d like to see him play a bit more and see what kind of touch he has; just stand and slam like Shaq or can he move?

    - Gary
  5. 5.

    Keep in mind the man is just under 300lbs so he’ll never be fleet of foot, but he moves fairly well and he’s got decent range (15 feet?) on his jumper.

    He’ll be a decent piece to a 2nd unit one day, but I don’t see him being a 15-20 point scorer as someone had suggested in another posting (David Alter’s I think) yesterday.

    - E. Smith
  6. 6.

    Hi all, Nathan Jawai is a friendly giant, not a crash and bash kind of player. In the Australian, not Austrian league he dominated against undersized opponents. If he could average a double double 10pts 10rebs a night then that would be a bargain pick up for the club, but to be honest I don’t think it is likely.The comparison to Shaq was more in reference to his appearance than his ability, although he can slam it down hard, has good agility, surprisingly light on his feet and isn’t slow at all.

    - Corey
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