Former Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski finished with 14 points and five rebounds in his first game with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Karnowski struggled to find footing with his first NBA team after the Charlotte Hornets pretty much refused to give him any playing time. Apparently all it took was a quick change of scenery for Karnowski to showcase his value.
In the game, Karnowski did exactly what he tormented college teams with for four years: using his enormous bulk to mash the competition around.
It is no secret that the prototypical center doesn’t really exist in the NBA anymore, but that doesn’t mean Karnowski is obsolete either. Any player, within the right hands and the right system, can truly excel. Theoretically, if Karnowski is able to find that situation, there will be a spot for him in the NBA.
That is why the change of scenery was so crucial. There is a small window here into the NBA. The Summer League isn’t the longest stretch out there, so every game has to count—especially for players who went undrafted.
Karnowski looked good, which is fun to see, because Karnowski deserves only the best in life. Hopefully, there will be more of this in the near future.