2022 Player Review: Yves Lundberg’s NBA Feet Wet

Welcome to our phoenix suns In the Season in Review series, we feature individual player reviews of everyone who has contributed to the 2021-22 season. We go through the roster to analyze their right/wrong and what they can do to get better for next season.

Towards the end of this series, we have…


Gabriel “Yves” Lundberg

  • Position: Combo Defender
  • Vitals: 6-foot-4, 203 pounds, 6-foot-9 wingspan, 27 years old
  • First NBA season, 4 seasons in Europe
  • Stats: 3.3 points (26/38/–shooting), 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists (0.8 turnovers) and 0.8 steals in 11.0 minutes per game (4 games)

Career Development

Lundberg grew up in the streetball scene in Copenhagen, Denmark, leading his 3×3 team to championship titles.

At 19, he signed with Copenhagen Wolves, part of Denmark’s most-watched league. The following year he played for Horsens IC in the same league before being promoted to Spain’s La Liga ACB with Basque Manresa and Lenovo Tenerife. Then came two more league transfers: Zielona Gora in the Polish League and CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.

Then, in response to Russia’s invasion of Poland, Lundberg bought out his contract with Moscow. Many teammates also left.

In 39 games for Moscow, Lundberg averaged 10.4 points (46/34/79 shooting), 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists (1.4 turnovers) and 1.1 steals in 21.9 minutes per game.


Regular season review

On March 12, the Suns signed Lundberg on a two-way contract for the remainder of the 2021-22 season, becoming the second Phoenix player to sign the contract this season (Ish Wainwright). ).

Lundberg played 15 games in the regular season, appearing in 4 games. In Phoenix’s final game of the season, he played a career-high 27 minutes, totaling 10 points (2-5 3P), 5 rebounds, 5 assists (0 turnovers) and 2 steals.

Unfortunately, given the nature of the two-way contract, Lundberg was ruled ineligible for the playoffs, although he likely won’t be able to save the Suns from Dallas’ doom.


biggest advantage

Honestly, Lundberg is a bit versatile as a combo guard. He plays well on and off the ball, makes good use of his length on defense and can shoot well from deep.

His 3-pointers are interesting, aside from a 3-pointer by Danish journalist Morten Stig Jansen, who came to the U.S. to document Lundberg’s NBA journey:

Lundberg’s wife Camilla persuaded him to focus more on his 3-point shooting if he wanted to shoot at some point in the NBA. In the 2020 offseason, Lundberg began to change the way he shoots after ending a year in which he shot just 27.4 percent from downtown. The following year, he not only improved his efficiency to 37.1 percent, but averaged more than three attempts from the long field.

However, if there’s one aspect of Lundberg’s game that catches my eye the most, it’s his pick-and-roll game. A combo guard who can run screen games is my favorite archetype of a player, and he does so with one of my favorite qualities: patience. Lundberg let the defense dictate his decisions, and it was fun to watch.

This video from 0:06 to 3:17 illustrates it well with his Zielona Gora-era film:

biggest weakness

It’s hard to tell when you’ve only got 44 minutes total in four games, 27 of those minutes in one game, it feels very pointless and low risk.

I guess if one thing annoys me, it’s some kind of passive? Especially juxtaposing his Suns tape with his European tape, his offense as a Suns was infrequent.

If he returns to Phoenix next season — and summer league before that — I’d love to see him address this more.

what to do

Just a more comfortable NBA life in the offseason. I know it’s not home, but he should spend as much time as possible in NBA facilities with NBA coaches. I really enjoyed the Suns practice facility in Scottsdale, but the future is still unclear.

contract status

As long as the Suns make a one-year/$1.6 million qualifying offer to Lundberg, he will enter restricted free agency, and the Suns have the right to match any contract he agrees to elsewhere. He was also able to negotiate a more lucrative contract with Phoenix himself.

Last offseason, the Athletics’ John Hollinger ranked Lundberg among his best top-25 shooting guard free agents in the “below middling, but above minimum” range. Between Garrett Temple and Garrison Matthews. Lundberg is the only non-American player on Hollinger’s roster. No one took over Lundberg before signing with Moscow.

This year, Hollinger put Lundberg on the list again, but placed him in the “lowest” range between Austin Rivers and Avery Bradley.


Overall result

It’s hard to feel strong when you’ve been playing for so many minutes. I love what I see the most and it’s fun, but it’s hard to be overwhelmed by the garbage time minutes.

B- from me, but would love to see more in the future.

polling

How would you rate Ife Lundberg’s year?

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