For all promises of a new and improved Jan Vesely, the third-year post player hasn't fully blossomed.
That's not to say he has been bad. He hasn't. In each of two preseason games, Vesely has led all rebounders. He had game highs of 12 vs. the Brooklyn Nets and nine vs. the Chicago Bulls.
The glass is half-empty part is that he has taken just nine shots. That Vesely has only made two of them is not the issue. None of the starters has shot particularly well outside of Nene's first game when he went 8-for-11.
This summer, Vesely has been lauded for being assertive on the offensive end. He put the ball on the floor and knocked down mid-range jump shots at summer league. He held his own for the Czech Republic during Eurobasket, including vs. Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA's 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year in
While coach Randy Wittman was pleased with his play in the opener, that wasn't the case of Vesely in the last outing.
"Not this last game. He made one nice move. Jump hook in the middle," Wittman said. "I thought he kind of shied away from contact a little bit in the Chicago game. ... We talked about it. I sat down with him individually and watched some stuff. Let him see what we're talking about."
With Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) out indefinitely, Nene was moved to center and Vesely has started at power forward.
Nene won't play vs. the Heat on Tuesday, which will open it up for Vesely to get even more time.