ROBERT Dozier has played with and against the best players in the world - Derrick Rose, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Tyreke Evans to name a few.
But the former University of Memphis Tiger insists his Filipino teammate with the Alaska Aces - Calvin Abueva- still leaves him in awe almost every game night with his raw energy and grit.
In fact, Dozier said most of the time, he believes the 6-1 1/2 Abueva has more energy in his tank than any of those NBA superstars.
“Honestly, I’ve played with the best guys in the world. Lebron, D-Rose, but I have never played with anybody with the energy level that Calvin has,” bared Dozier.
“I’ve never seen anybody like him before (energy-wise),” he added. “I’ve never seen anybody with so much fight, so much energy."
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Dozier also appreciates how Abueva has sparked Alaska several times with his hustle and talent.
“He has won us ballgames. He turned ballgames around. You gotta appreciate a person like that,” the 6-9 Best Import candidate added.
Asked if he could rate Abueva’s on-court hustle ahead of Rose, James and other NBA stars he played with, Dozier nodded and said: “Yeah, by far."
The North Carolina native played with Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose at the University of Memphis, while he had a short stint in the last preseason with the Miami Heat, where he was able to share the court with James, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the reigning NBA champions.
But Dozier has so much admiration for Abueva he believes the super rookie from Balibago, Angeles City would have been "NBA material" had he been four, five inches taller.
“You got a guy with a heart as big as - wow, I don’t know. Man, he’s an energy guy. He’s a hustle guy. He’s all over the court, man,” said the Alaska import.
“I would always tell people, 'If he was like 6-5 or 6-6, he’ll be in the NBA,'” he said. “All pure heart. He is pure energy. He will be in the NBA. I love playing with him."