Braydon Hobbs(ratiopharm Ulm) Guarding Per Guenther Each Day In Practice Has Helped My Defense Big Time

 

Braydon Hobbs is a 27 year old 196cm point guard playing his third season in Germany and first with ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played for the  Giessen 46ers playing 33 games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3(1.7spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.8%. Two seasons ago he played for  rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops after the 84-74 win against Science City Jena last week.

 

Congrats Braydon on the 84-74 win Jena. Another BBL game and another win putting the team at 9-0. Would this undefeated season feel any better if the Brose Baskets Bamberg weren´t present?

The start to the season has been great for us. I don’t think it would be any different if Bamberg wasn’t in the competition.

It was an up and down game as ratiopharm Ulm had two quarters of all out offense and in the end won. What was key for the club pulling out another win?

It was definitely an up and down game. I think sticking together and staying poised was key to the game. Jena played a great game and were really prepared for us. Another key to the game was us shooting 33/35 from the foul line.

Would it be fair to say that it was the potent guard play of ratiopharm Ulm that got the team over the hump in the fourth quarter as well?

I wouldn’t say it was only the guards that got us over the hump. We had a couple big plays from Tim Ohlbrecht that helped us as well. Rubit hit some crucial free throws as well.

What was it like for you to witness two BBL legends with Julius Jenkins and Immanurel Mcelroy do their thing and continue to leave their hearts out on the court. Does competing against two guys like these inspire you as a player and do you pick up things along the way from them?

It was nice to play against guys like Jenkins and McElroy. They have really played solid this season and have proved that they can still compete at a high level. Jenkins was great against us on Saturday. He really helped them stay in the game. These two guys have been pros for a long time and it is nice to see they can still get after it.

You might remember last season with Giessen that Ulm started off very slow, but Chris Babb was reeled in and they won 13 of their next 14 games turning around the season. What are the main reasons this season besides a growing chemistry that the club has started off so well?

I think having the core group back from last season has really been key in our success. I think it’s always an advantage when you have guys coming into a system that they are familiar with and comfortable with. We brought in a couple new guys, but the guys that have been here before are showing us the way.

There is that famous German phrase concerning the German national football team which is “A football game has 90 minutes and at the end Germany always wins”. This season one could coin the phrase “A basketball game has 40 minutes and at the end ratiopharm Ulm always wins” Is their some truth to this from your stand point?

That would be hard to say. We have only played 9 games this season. We still have a long way to go. We have pulled out some tough games, but it has not been easy.

Ratiopharm Ulm has the best offense in the league averaging 91 points per game. Is knowing your role to perfection and the potent guard play some of the reasons for the offensive consistency?

I think we are scoring so much this season is because we have a lot of weapons. We have guards that are playing great, but we also have bigs that are scoring at a high rate as well. It’s tough to scout us because of that reason.

A month ago your teammate David Kramer told me that communication is a problem on defense for ratiopharm Ulm, but that he was confident the team would improve their defense. In four of the last five games you have kept opponents to 75 points or under. Is the defesne coming around and what still needs to improve?

Our defense has definitely improved. Coach has been stressing defense and I think we are responding a little bit. We still lack the consistent communication we need, but it will get better with time.

Is it like basketball heaven for you playing alongside German national player Per Guenther and ex NBA player Chris Babb. What one thing has each player given you that has made you a better player?

It’s been really nice playing alongside these two guys. They are great people and basketball players. Per has been a great leader for us. He has a lot of experience, in this league, so it’s been nice to learn the little things from him. Chris has a great work ethic. He is always working on his game and it’s nice to play alongside someone like that. He is a great communicator on the court as well.

You have a totally different role than with Giessen. How much of an adjustment has it been for you becoming a lot less minutes than you did with Giessen or NBC?

It’s definitely been an adjustment playing a lot less minutes. I knew that coming into the season though. I just try to help the team any way I can when I get my minutes. I still try to be a great leader even though my minutes are down from last season. We have a deep roster so a lot of guys are going to get minutes. I think that’s beneficial for us.

It is obvious that vital is to be as efficient as possible in the minutes you get. In the game against Science City Jena you demonstrated that with three points, two assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes. But how much does your TO rate of 1,4 annoy you so far in the 17 minutes per game that you are getting?

Yes I definitely try to be as efficient as possible when I get in the game. It annoys me anytime I turn the ball over, but being the point guard on the team, that is going to happen

Is every practice like a do or die type of game as you continue to compete against top guards in the hopes of winning some extra playing time in the next game?

I think practice is a time to get better. I wouldn’t say it’s do or die to get extra playing time. We are all trying to play hard and competing against each other to make the team better. In the games, we all want to play the most we can play. Some games that will be 20 plus minutes and others it won’t be.

One can´t always measure the defense efficiency and success by the stats, but how pleased have you been with your play on the defensive end thus far?

My defense has been just okay this season. It can always get better of course. I can improve on my one on one defense a bit more.

How much of a challenge is it guarding a guy like Per Guenther each day? Do you feel like your defense has improved just by having to compete against this high caliber player?

It’s a big challenge guarding him every day. It’s helped my defense big time this season. He is one of the fastest players in the league. That makes him hard to guard. It’s a challenge for anyone to guard him in the league. Another thing that makes him hard to guard, is how smart he is when he has the ball. There is a reason he is one of the best guards in the BBL.

Recently you played against ex NBA player Amare Stoudemire in Europe Cup play. The respect is always there, but how different was it seeing him play now then say 7-8 years ago in the NBA when he was at his best?

It’s extremely different seeing him play now then 7-8 years ago. He was a beast back then. It’s a different game in Europe, so I think he is still adjusting to that too. The floor is not as open as he is used to. There is a lot more help side defense and the rules to the game are a bit different.

What memory will you have from this game against Amare Stoudemire that you will be able to tell your grandchildren and did his NBA stature warrant any greeting before or after the game or even an autograph?

The best memory from the game is probably coming out of it with a win. It was cool just playing a player of his status. There was a lot of media hype leading into the game, so it made it a fun atmosphere with him.

Kevin Garnett has retired. Where does he rank with the best power forwards that ever played in the NBA?

. Kevin Garnett will always go down as one of the best power forwards the game has seen. I would rank him in the top 5 for sure. I would say Tim Duncan is number one though.

With Curry, Thompson and Durant and the supporting cast, shouldn´t the Golden State Warriors be undefeated instead of 7-2? Or is that long undefeated run coming now?

I didn’t see the Warriors going undefeated through the first 10 games. There is still a lot of season left where they could make their run. It’s hard to predict that in the NBA though because the players and teams are so good. Any one team could beat them on any given night.

Does a 0/10 shooting night by Steph Curry the other night prove he is really only human?

All players have bad shooting nights. It proves he is human, but he came back a couple nights later and went 13/17. All shooters will have good nights and bad nights, but they will always keep shooting.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Horrible Bosses 2

Thanks Braydon for the chat.

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