KAI SOTTO WANTS TO BE LIKE PAU GASOL
Young Filipino center Kai Sotto seeks to pattern his game after another skilled European big man, Pau Gasol.
Even before he started training in the United States, the towering Sotto had drawn comparisons to Latvia’s Porzingis because of their similar frames.
In August, his coach in the G-League, Brian Shaw, said Sotto can play like Jokic, the Serbian center of the Denver Nuggets who made the All-NBA team last season.
Sotto said he want to learn about the skill set and versatility of Gasol, the Spanish big man who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I think there’s a little similarity with Kristaps, when you look at the size, the height,” Sotto acknowledged during a conference call last week. “But I think Kristaps is a lot different than me because he’s more athletic and he’s a better three-point shooter than me.” He said.
“I think if I would compare myself to an NBA player, I think I would be like a Pau Gasol who is more all-around, who can score, who can pass, who can defend too, who can dribble, who can shoot,” he revealed.
“I think he’s the player that I really watch these days,” Sotto added.