Caleb Swanigan’s ‘balls to the walls’ ethos has Blazers coaches comparing him to Draymond Green

When Caleb Swanigan was growing up, bouncing between Utah and Indiana, he wanted to model his game after players like Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and Dennis Rodman — players who had the mentality to win every possession and left everything on the floor.

But Portland’s Summer League coach Jim Moran has a different comp in mind for the versatile 6’9” big man with ranging skill sets on both ends: Draymond Green.

No, Swanigan is not the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He’s not the most versatile defender in the history of the NBA, nor is he a game-changing playmaker capable of running an NBA offense on his own.

Not yet.

But what he is is a relentless rebounder with a workhorse motor — “balls to the wall” is what he calls it. It’s how he made a name for himself, averaging more than 12 boards per game to win Big Ten Player of the Year at Purdue last season. And time after time during the Trail Blazers’ matchup against the Spurs on Tuesday, he showed he’s much more than an elite glass cleaner.

It reminds you of The Creation of Adam, and the chaos behind Nerlens Noel is just so typical of a baroque-era painting. I tweeted it, expecting it to amuse maybe 20 people enough for them to “like” it. Instead, as of post time, almost 900 people chose to click that heart.

Clearly, the internet wants more sports photos that look like Cheap Football Practice Jerseys renaissance paintings. I polled SB Nation’s staff, and here’s what we came up with.

SB Nation social producer Mark Hinog suggested Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys John Daly celebrating a win while a streaker does his thing behind him.

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