When you observe Victor Claver’s game, you’ll notice that he looks the part of an outright basketball stud. At 6-9 he’s quick, athletic, can put the ball on the floor and his shooting form is textbook.

The problem is he hasn’t been able to put it all together on the court.

In 16 games this season, he has only appeared in three for a total of four minutes after competing in 49 games last season (his rookie year) that consisted of 16 starts. He has yet to make a field goal this season but that's impossible to do being that he hasn't taken a shot yet.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ bench is much-improved with the addition of Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and the emergence of Joel Freeland, thus eliminating minutes for Claver at either small forward or power forward positions.

There currently aren’t enough minutes to spread around. Claver understands the situations. He’s happy and humbled just to be here.

“I work hard. I’m lucky. I can’t complain being here because this is the best position a player can be in,” Claver told CSNNW.com. “I’m patient. I work hard and I’m waiting for the moment.”

However, just like any competitive athlete, he wants to play and be an integral part of the organization. He has had talks with Rudy Fernandez, a teammate of his on the Spain National team, about the transition from the Euro League to the NBA.

After a few years in the league as a marginal role player, Fernandez felt he would be better suited if he returned to Spain in a more prominent role. Some criticized Fernandez for not sticking it out and opting to take the easy, comfortable route.

Claver doesn’t view Fernandez’s move as a “bail out.”

“ No. Of course I don’t blame Rudy,” Claver said. “Every player is different. There are certain players that feel better being in Euro. I think every player has to make that decision. If you can decide that, I think that’s the best. And Rudy is more comfortable over there. The way he plays, being one of the most important players on the team, I think that’s a better situation for him.”

This season and next season are fully guaranteed for Claver. Portland will have to extend Claver a $1.7 million qualifying offer if they wish to retain his services for the 2015-16 season.

If Claver’s minutes continue to be limited in the NBA a few years from now, he says the Rudy decision is going to be something he’ll have to deal with, too.