Monty Williams praises DeMar DeRozan’s footwork, says Spurs guard ‘has feet like Olajuwon’
Prior to the Spurs’ hosting of the Suns at the AT&T Center on Monday, the 48-year-old bench boss likened DeRozan to one of the greatest to ever play the game: NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
“His footwork is as good as any player in the NBA, bigs, small. He has feet like Olajuwon, in my opinion,” Monty Williams said, per Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News.
Hakeem Olajuwon, of course, set the standard for mobility and grace among seven-footers. At a time where lumbering centers were considered slow and sometimes unskilled, “The Dream” brought flair and finesse never before seen in the center position.
In fact, Olajuwon’s signature move “The Dream Shake,” which is a low-post move consisting of a series of fakes and spin moves, remains as one of the most iconic moves in the game today.
Olajuwon, who won two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995, continues to work with some of the biggest names in today’s game. Current Los Angeles Lakers players LeBron James, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee all worked out with Olajuwon in the past in a bid to improve their game.
DeMar Derozan, meanwhile, is averaging 22.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.0 steal in his second season with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich. He is shooting 53.8 percent of the field, while still preferring to operate from the perimeter, only making 29.6 percent of his threes.
Despite his stellar play for San Antonio, DeRozan’s name still comes up in multiple trade scenarios, alongside his teammate LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs are currently out of the playoff picture in the West, holding down the ninth spot with an 18-23 record entering Monday.