An eight year professional player, NBA D-League champion, and former NBA Call-Up recipient, Tim Ohlbrecht is without question the NBADL’s best under the radar big.
Ohlbrecht is once again playing with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and performing well. In eight of his last ten contests, Ohlbrecht has scored in double-digits and is proving his worth in the additional minutes he’s received after the first of the year.
In a high-powered, three point heavy offense, Ohlbrecht has managed to add a quality post presence as a modern-day NBA big. His ability to rebound and work efficiently in the pick-and-roll offense, are just two of his bright spots.
Ohlbrecht’s ability to put up high percentage shots has also helped the Vipers maintain their top spot in the NBADL standings. Now, the German big man is displaying a level of comfort in the rotation, and looks to be on the rise in general.
DLeagueDigest.com caught up with Ohlbrecht, and discussed his new role with RGV. “I had some difficulties getting into a rhythm early on, but as a team and personally we’ve adjusted to having myself in the post. This is a great team, and we are still evolving, so the possibilities are endless.” Ohlbrecht said.
Currently the only member left from last season’s NBA D-League championship squad, Ohlbrecht brings a certain level of experience to this year’s team. “I’m really happy to have my role, I’m a captain for the team. Of course, I have a lot of experience not only in the D-League, but also as a professional player for eight years. If the other guys have questions either on or off the court, I try to help them.”
Obviously, a guy with Ohlbrecht’s track record is almost a rarity in the NBADL, so why would he want to come back to the NBADL? Ohlbrecht touched on the reason for his return, “I had so much positive feedback from NBA personnel after last season and from training camp. I’m in my mid-20′s now so I figured why not? We discussed all of my offers and figured that if it doesn’t work out, I’ll have some other options. I’m glad I’m here though.”
Ohlbrecht is a member of Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, and is currently their highest profile NBA D-League player. The agency has some of the top overseas talent, but Ohlbrecht adds an NBA dimension. The hope is that Ohlbrecht will once again receive an NBA Call-Up, something that is becoming more of a possibility as his great play continues.
In his latest outing for RGV, Ohlbrecht dropped in 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as his team fell to Tulsa 144-127. It was just the seventh loss on the season for the Vipers, as they still hold the best overall record in the NBADL (19-7).
Moving forward, Ohlbrecht is feeling a sense of comfort with RGV’s younger point guards now. “Since I worked with experienced point guards earlier in my career, adjusting to the younger guys was a transition for me. However, they are all improving and we are working better in the pick-and-roll. Last season, I didn’t need to tell a guy like Scott Machado where to find me, but this season it was a little different. We are all clicking now though.” Ohlbrecht concluded.
Keep an eye on Ohlbrecht as the 10-day contract period continues, perhaps an NBA team in need of an experienced and knowledgeable big will contact the 6’11, 255 pound consummate professional.