Ali Traoré is probably one of the most gifted inside players in Europe right now.
He has the ability to score inside with regularity.
100% ambidextrous, Ali can kill defences on great left handed hooks or little jumpers from four meters taken with his right (or left) hand.
When he is on a roll, Traoré is capable of bringing offensive bursts to the floor, as his 12 points in around 15 minutes on the court proved against Finland and Italy in last season’s additional qualifying tournament for EuroBasket 2009.
Defence is not the best part of his game, which affected his playing time last summer in Poland.
However, after a very impressive 2009-10 season with ASVEL (14.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 57.4% from the field in the Euroleague) and the absence of Ronny Turiaf, Ali will probably play a key role this summer.
He averaged 15.6 points per game in the French Pro A and was elected by journalists and players as the MVP of this 2009-10 season.