I think we have a lot of solid options at 22 that everyone may not be aware of, so I discussed them all here. I know some people may have different opinions than me, but I still think I have a lot of good info in here. Let me know what you think the best combinations of players we can come away with at 7 and 22 are Why pick Chandler Hutchison?
I believe Chandler Hutchison will be the steal of the draft. If you’re not familiar with him, I’ll fill you in. He is a super athletic wing who played 4 years at Boise State. He’s 6’7 with a 7’1 wingspan, which is basically the same size as Mikal Bridges. He’s not the same kind of player though. He has the same tools, but Mikal is a better defender at this point. Mikal is an elite shooter, but Hutchison isn’t a sure thing on that end yet. He has made fantastic progress though, just like Mikal, in the past 3 years he’s had steady improvement Sophomore:
23% on .4 attempts per game from 3, 64% FT shooter on 2.5 per game Junior:
38% on 2.2 attempts per game from 3, 67% FT shooter on 5.5 per game Senior:
36% on 4.1 attempts per game from 3, 73% FT shooter on 7.2 per game
It’s clear he’s been progressing as a shooter every single year, but did you also notice the rise in FT attempts? That’s another area he took major strides in, and that’s whats most intriguing about him as a player, his work ethic and his ability to improve
Here’s an article detailing how special and hard a worker he is ——> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nba.com/amp/league/article/2018/03/03/boise-state-chandler-hutchison-feature-2018-nba-draft
Here’s another ——> https://www.google.com/amp/amp.si.com/nba/2017/12/13/nba-draft-chandler-hutchison-boise-state-weber-state-damian-lillard
If you’re too lazy to read, I’ll give you some highlights. He works out with the same trainer who developed Damian Lillard and even Lillard raves about his improvements.
“He’s thriving playing roughly five fewer minutes a night, seemingly showcasing a new wrinkle each game. Beckner once left town for a week, leaving a graduate assistant to guide Hutchison in advanced ball handling work. “The next day he shows up, he’s already good at it,” Beckner said. “The kid’s a freak. He excels at a quicker rate and improves at a quicker rate than any other player I’ve worked with.”
“Yet his remodeling is undeniable, and he’s won over Lillard, the notorious gym rat, the All-Star who chides college kids not even dressing for his alma mater to grind harder than him. “I think he’s even become a bigger Chandler fan, because he’s like, ‘Damn, Phil, he’s pretty good.’ Or, ‘He’s gotten better,’” Beckner said. “He saw Chandler two summers ago when that dude was skinny and just figuring it out and maybe didn’t want to work the whole time and now you just kind of see this.”
Where Hutchison is fantastic is in attacking the basket
“Along with his improved shooting, he continues to establish himself as one of the nation's better slashers. And at 6'7" with impressive agility and the athleticism to soar above the rim, his attacking ability has stood out under the scouting lens. Difficult to stop when driving downhill, Hutchison also demonstrates advanced footwork off the dribble with stutter and Eurosteps to avoid and freeze defenders. He has terrific body control on the move when getting into his layups and finishes, which he can convert using either hand (60.9 percent FG around the basket).
Isolation drives to the basket left (non-jumpers): 1.118 PPP, 88th percentile (excellent) Pick-and-roll drives to the basket:
1.321 PPP, 87th percentile (excellent) Transition ball-handler:
1.088 PPP, 74th percentile (very good) Spot-up drives to basket:
1.179 PPP, 65th percentile (very good)
Hutchison has also been notably more efficient working out of isolation this season. On tape, it appears some of his improvement can be traced (again) to his footwork. He's using it to create separation, both off his first step and his last step before rising into his shot. 2016-17 Isolation:
.778 PPP, 40.6 percent FG (average) 2017-18 Isolation:
1.00 PPP, 57.9 percent FG (very good)”
I think Hutchison is a perfect fit for us. Even if he never develops into a star, he has fantastic potential if he shoots 3s consistently, attacks closeouts, and plays good defense. He’s not Bridges on defense, but he is good on that end and has major switch-ability due to his size and length. His work ethic is fantastic and I think he’ll do everything in his power to become a great player. Maybe an over optimistic comp, but I believe he can be a Paul George- like player.
I’ll leave you with some highlights so you can what his game is like
44 points when his jumper was on —> https://youtu.be/temjJ3jaNGk
32 points doing more damage near the basket —> https://youtu.be/p5wzu9agI00 Why pick Khyri Thomas?
I’ve been seeing his name a lot more around here and I’m happy about that, as he’s a guy that any team will be happy to have
As a player it’s pretty simple with him, a 6’3 guard with a 6’10 wingspan who’s a great shooter and elite defender.
He’s a proven shooter, over three years at Creighton he shot almost 41% on 323 attempts
He’s a lockdown defender, Two time Big East defensive player of the year, they literally call him Khyrifense. Here’s a tweet showing how good he was against the big east top 10 scorers ——> https://mobile.twitter.com/JonNyatawa/status/962788403635990529
Here’s a fanmade defensive mixtape, #Khyrifense —> https://youtu.be/L51xuwgcc-k
Here’s #Khyrifense part 2 —> https://youtu.be/exhk1JKQOk8
He hasn’t shown any shot creation really, but there is potential there. I already may have been over optimistic on Hutchison, but I’m gonna do it again anyway with Khyri.
Here are some strengths of his listed by The Ringer Draft Guide http://nbadraft.theringer.com
• Knockdown spot-up 3-point shooter who shows flashes of dynamic play off screens and handoffs.
• Ambidextrous at-rim finisher who’s at his best when feeding off teammates on straight-line drives, slashes, and cuts.
• His quick first step, long strides, and steadily improving handle suggests there’s untapped shot-creation potential.
• Skilled post player who can facilitate from the block or beat up on smaller guards.
• Puts velocity on passes, tends to make smart plays, and loves to throw long outlet passes.
I’ll also do one those mystery player comparison things Player A:
15.6/4.9/2.7 on 41/35/81 on 6.6 attempts from 3 Player B:
15.1/4.4/2.8 on 54/41/79 on 4.6 attempts from 3
Pretty similar huh? Well I’ll reveal it now, player A is Donovan Mitchell, another 6’3 guard with 6’10 wingspan, his last year at Louisville, and player B is Khyri this past year. Mitchell is a tier above as an athlete, but Khyri is still a pretty good one, and he’s a better shooter and defender coming out than Mitchell. Now again I’m not saying he’ll be better or as good as Mitchell, but Mitchell was a surprise this year too, so I don’t think it’s *impossible*
Regardless of my blind optimism, Khyri will at least be a great 3 and D guard who will be able to guard 1s, 2s, and some 3s due to his length. If Zach makes no strides on defense, it would be pretty awesome to roll out Kris-Khyri defensive lineups in 4th quarters. And even more intriguing is the potential future Kyrie-Khyri matchups in the playoffs. Why pick Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson is from Illinois (Played at Stevenson in Lincolnshire) so having another hometown (homestate I guess) PG might be pretty cool. He also does have some pretty cool bulls connections already. the following story talks about his dad who’s been in the news for some negative stuff lately, but we’re just focusing on the player
“In 2010, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau hired Rick as an assistant, and the Brunsons moved to the northern suburbs of Chicago, a city that treats high school basketball like a pro sport. When Rick had a free hour after practice, he called Sandra to bring Jalen to the Berto Center to train alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.”
Also he may have pulled the most baller move of all time
“When he rocked a Michael Jordan jersey at a Wizards game, Jordan asked, “Would you like me to sign that?”“No,” Jalen replied, backing away. “You’ll mess it up.”
He’s not close to Rose in terms of excitement, but watching Brunson really gives off a Chris Paul/Steve Nash type vibe where you always feel like he’s in control and going to make the right play. He won two championships during his time at Villanova and won player of the year this past season. However, we all know great college players don’t always make great NBA players, So what’s the appeal?
First off, he’s a great shooter. Career 39% shooter on 450 attempts, Career 82% free throw shooter on 405 shots. He’s very strong for a PG and can post up other guards. He’s also just very skilled. As a smaller PG without great athleticism, he shot 60% on 2 pointers, which is pretty impressive.
Here’s his strengths from The Stepien https://www.thestepien.com/jalen-brunson/
• Classic game-manager under control point guard. Sense of the moment for when to get his own and when to set up his teammates. Does not force things. Currently sporting a stellar 3.89:1 A/TO ratio.
• Smooth shooter off the catch or the dribble. Can punish defenses for sagging off in pick-and-roll.
• Tight handle, good change of pace, and strong 200 pound frame allow him to get where he wants on the court.
• Phenomenal footwork. Great at using jab steps on perimeter and using pivots and footwork in the lane to create space.
• Uses strength and savvy to finish well around the basket. Goes into defenders bodies and draws contact. Even posts up occasionally.
• Can body guys up on the defensive end. Fights through screens. Competes with solid feet.
Here’s his strengths from the Ringer Draft Guide http://nbadraft.theringer.com/
• Coaches can rely on him to steady the ship and avoid careless mistakes with his pristine feel for the game.
• Unselfish passer who moves the ball.
• Uses deception, change of pace, and advanced footwork, to create space to shoot or pass off the dribble, despite lacking elite agility.
• Great shotmaker off the catch and screens, and can make defenders pay by sinking jumpers off the bounce.
• Advanced post game could be useful for teams that invert their offense with guards playmaking inside and bigs spacing the floor.
• Creative finisher around the rim.
• Plays hard on defense and rebounds well for his position.
Here’s another interesting article comparing him to PGs like him who’ve found a place in the NBA like Fred Van Vleet, Yogi Ferrel, and TJ McConnell——> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theringer.com/platform/amp/2018/4/2/17186882/jalen-brunson-fred-vanvleet-frank-mason
Basically, he’s a smart, skilled PG who has athletic limitations. I know Payne showed flashes last year, but I don’t feel too confident at this point moving forward with him and Grant as our backup PGs, so I think bringing in Brunson could be a good move as he can probably contribute off the bench right away, and we can see if his savviness translates into anything more. Why pick Bruce Brown?
Bruce Brown is a 6’4 guard with a 6’8 wingspan from Miami. He’s a fantastic athlete and he has a relentless motor draft Express likened to Russel Westbrook (http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Bruce-Brown-71658/
He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades type of player at this point. He’s tenacious on D (see what I did there) and can switch due to his athleticism and length, and he’s a good passer and rebounder
His line this past year: 11.4/7.1/4.0 with 1.3 steals and almost 1 block a game.
At this point he can’t shoot and he’s pretty raw scoring wise. If you’re thinking it might be a little redundant to have him and Nwaba, you may be right. Taking him would be a gamble on his elite athletic potential and relentless mentality. Fred has shown he can double as a shooting coach, so maybe he can help Brown take a leap there. Why pick Aaron Holiday?
Aaron Holiday is Justin and Jrue’s brother so if you had to guess, you’d probably think he’s good at basketball. Well he is. I actually think he may be underrated as a prospect due to his brothers, some people seem to insinuate he’s only being considered because he’s related to them. Well, he’s not and *BOLD PREDICTION ALERT* he will end up a better player than Justin, you can @ me.
Aaron Holiday is a 6’1 PG who had a pretty prolific junior year. He averaged 20/3.7/6 on 46/43/83 (6 attempts from 3) and was a career 42% shooter on 427 shots. Might sound similar to Brunson, but he’s not as physically limited. He has a 6’6 wingspan that helps him on the defensive end where he’s been very pesky but inconsistent. He has more shot diversity and is far quicker and more explosive. He can playmake, finish with either hand, and has a floater game. He operates the pick and roll very well too.
His scouting reports are glowing and his flaws all appear to be fixable with coaching
——> http://nbadraft.theringer.com/——> https://www.thestepien.com/aaron-holiday/
Aaron Holiday is just a really good player and I think would be an instant upgrade to our bench. If we draft a wing and Justin is pushed to our bench, they may have some built in chemistry too. He has 2 way starting PG upside too, and I think would be a fantastic add at 22. A Holiday-Holiday-Valentine-Portis led bench sounds pretty intriguing. Why pick Shamorie Ponds?
Don’t you miss the days of watching Derrick Rose? The explosiveness! The speed! The strength! The size! Stacy always said Too big, too strong, too fast! Would you like another point guard like that? Well Ponds can’t help you there. He’s not even close to the level of athlete Rose was, BUT he is similar in one area: Creativity in finishing. There are guys like Westbrook and Lebron who are fantastic at getting to the basket, but don’t utilize much creativity or finesse when they’re there. There’s a lot of guys like James Harden who don’t even try to score when they drive, they just hope for contact. Then there’s a dying breed, namely Derrick Rose still, Kyrie, and Steph Curry. Guys who actually try and finish around defenders with acrobatic moves and creativity. Well if you’re like me and you love layups more than dunks, you’ll like Ponds
Just watch what he did to Duke earlier this year —> https://youtu.be/JCz8anK-AEc
Ponds is very quick, and you can see he utilizes a lot floaters and wrong foot layups to keep defenders off balance along with his creativity at the rim. He’s more akin to a Kemba like player than Rose, but you can see some flashes in that clip. His numbers weren’t fantastic, but much like Trae Young it’s a product of the situation he’s in and some bad decision making. He may have some two way potential also.
Here’s the article that made me fall in love with Ponds, they can give you a way more accurate picture of his game —> https://94feetreport.com/draft-profile-shamorie-ponds-a3c55839a779
If he comes out, which is a big If at this point, I believe he’ll be the 2nd best PG in the draft and a potential steal at 22. However his stock is very low right now and if he doesn’t think he’ll go in the 1st I don’t believe he’ll come out this year. Why pick Jontay Porter?
He’s really just a smart basketball player. He’s really good at putting himself in the right spots on offense and defense, he makes the right plays, and has a lot of potential as a ball handler and shooter. He’s slightly turnover prone at this point because he tries to do a little too much and he needs a ton of work on his body in order to be an NBA athlete. Taking him would be the complete opposite of a typical gamble. You take him for his skill set and hope he can add athleticism along the way. He had the highest body fat % at the combine so its clear he can improve his body a lot.
If you're a fan of Wendell Carter as a prospect, I think you'll be a fan on Jontay Porter also. Here's some somewhat cherry picked similarities in their scouting Some of Wendell’s strengths as listed by the Stepien
• Outside shot looks very promising. Shooting 48.6% from three on 37 attempts so far, and 72.5% from the stripe. Smooth and confident shot in mid-range areas.
• Plus feel for the game. Has a 1:1 A/TO ratio, shown the ability to pass on the move and in the high post. Projects well to “short-roll” situations as a decision maker.
• Good handle for a big guy. Has shown flashes of attacking closeouts and taking big guys who press up on him off the dribble. Could develop an off-the-dribble shot.
• Pretty good awareness defensively. Disciplined about rotating to the rim and challenging shots. Makes up for his relatively slow feet with smart positioning.
• Does the little things on offense well. Good screener for a young big guy, knows how to play high low, seals his man when guard penetrates his way. Handle and smarts will allow him to function in dribble handoff sets. Some of Jontay’s strengths as listed by the Stepien
• High-level shooter for a big man. Has a quick and compact release, and is comfortable shooting in pick-and-pop or spot-up situations. Shooting 37.7% from three on an encouraging 8.1 3PA/40 and 76.5% at the line. Projects to be a true shooting 5 in the NBA.
• Elite court vision and passing. Great at kicking out of doubles in the post, decisive and smart in the way he swings the ball around the perimeter. Will be a dynamic passer in “short-roll” situations in the NBA.
• Fantastic handle for a big guy. Comfortable attacking closeouts and putting the ball on the deck in transition. His shooting, passing, and dribbling combination make him a difficult guard in pick-and-pop situations.
• Extremely smart help defender. Always in the right position making backline rotations. Gets a lot of “point-of-release” blocks because he is in the right place.
• Gets himself involved in the action offensively. A good screen setter with a good sense of angles and is always looking to find someone to screen, or advance the offense in some way.
Here’s full scouting reports if you wanna read more about him —> https://www.thestepien.com/jontay-porte—> http://nbadraft.theringer.com/
Here’s someone who broke down his fit with the lakers, but it’s still full of a lot of good info that can apply to us —> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.silverscreenandroll.com/platform/amp/2018/5/15/17329644/la-lakers-draft-profile-missouri-jontay-porter
Ideally, he’d be a guy who can protect the rim, hold up on switches, and stretch the floor. My dream would also be for him to become a good enough ball handler to where he runs PnR with Lauri. He’s just a really skilled player and seems to be a good teammate and with development he may end up being the center we need. Why pick Melvin Frazier?
He is the best defender in this draft. He is 6’5 with a monster 7’2 wingspan and crazy athleticism. Luckily, Draft Express (the best scouting website before they were bought by ESPN, put behind a paywall, and relegated to writing articles with far less detail than usual) was still able to put out videos on what type of player Frazier is on offense and defense
Melvin Frazier Offense ——> https://youtu.be/uBje1tZTWUs
Melvin Frazier defense ——> https://youtu.be/McCVdpx1DFI
His shot is not a sure bet yet, but his defensive capabilities are undeniable and having him to throw at our future competition would be extremely valuable, and he still has a lot of room to grow on offense. Why pick Mitchell Robinson?
You’re feeling pretty lucky that’s why. You’ll need to be because we have no idea whether he’ll be a great player or a complete bust, and that’s what comes with guys you haven’t seen in college. Overall, he’s a super athletic center who blocks shots, rebounds, and from what he’s said has a jump shot. Here are some of his high school scouting notes from draft Express. Strengths
⁃ Great combination of height, length, reach and athleticism for a center prospect. Measured 7'0 in shoes, with a 7'3 ½ wingspan and a 9'2 standing reach.
⁃ Not bulky or strong right now, but has wide shoulders that look like they can add weight over time. Lower body isn't bad either
⁃ Moves extremely well. Fluid. Terrific rim-runner. Quick off his feet. Pogo stick type leaper. Gets up for lob finishes with ease. Great potential as a finisher off two feet. Covers ground exceptionally well
⁃ Very good hands, Has a budding skill-level that can be harnessed into something productive over time. Shooting stroke looks decent. Ball comes out of hand cleanly with nice rotation. Throws in mid-range and turnaround jumpers. Shows flashes of finishing with both hands.
⁃ Has a bit of a handle and some footwork. Doesn't really know what he's doing but has some skill
⁃ Averaged 20 rebounds per-40 minutes in the EYBL, best in the competition's history. 8 offensive rebounds per-40 also #1 in EYBL history.
⁃ Quick off his feet as a shot blocker. Led the EYBL in both blocks per-game and per-40. Second best shot-blocker in EYBL history after Nerlens Noel.
⁃ Length and ability to cover ground gives him tremendous potential as a pick and roll defender
⁃ Average feel isn't that much of a detriment considering his expected role. Doesn't overthink things. Just goes out and makes plays Weaknesses
⁃ Has high hips and a bit of an awkward frame. Has a ways to go to maximize his frame
⁃ Skill-level is a work in progress in five on five settings. Shows flashes in practice but is a ways away from translating that to game competition.
⁃ Doesn't really know how to play. Awareness, fundamentals, IQ all have a long ways to go.
⁃ Gets lost off the ball defensively. Gives up deep post position without resistance. Gets overpowered by stronger players on a regular basis.
⁃ Foul prone. Will likely have some trouble staying on the court early on until he learns how to play without fouling
⁃ Gets rebounds off his tools, doesn't really box out.
⁃ Doesn't always appear to have the most serious approach. Laid-back demeanor
⁃ A year old for his class
So he’s really boom or bust. Best rebounder in EYBL history? Sounds pretty great. But he didn’t really box out and got it off his tools? Yikes. Doesn’t over think things, just goes out and makes plays? Cool. Doesn’t know how to play, IQ, awareness, and fundamentals all have a long way to go? Not so cool.
Here’s a hard guy to figure out. If you watch an interview with him, you’ll notice he pretty much gives one word answers and as short a reply as possible. This interview in particular is odd —> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9G0JrtkWreIHe
answers succinctly, but sometimes it appears he doesn’t even understand the question. Then there was the whole debacle on why he didn’t play college basketball, which you can read more about here —> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/college-basketball/2017/8/2/16083402/mitchell-robinson-western-kentucky-transfer-nba-draftOne
day he was at Western Kentucky and practicing, and he just decided pack up all his stuff and go home without telling anyone. They didn’t know until he didn’t show up for practice, and after checking his dorm they found it empty.
So is he just kind of dumb? I don’t know, because in the interview he stated he started playing basketball because he realized it was the only way he would get to college, and that he liked math and science. He also expresses his interest in computer science, which he does again at the end of this interview —> https://youtu.be/FRcA4QLyGUQ
he’s still so young, he could be a smart kid who’s just awkward and doesn’t really know how to handle social situations, like interviews or letting his coaches know he’s headed home, but I can’t really be sure.
So overall, if you believe in his potential and that we can develop him into a great player, he would the perfect two way compliment to Lauri in our front court. he could also be another Javale McGee where he never quite plays up to his tools. Why pick Bruno Fernando?
Bruno Fernando is another project, although probably a safer one because we’ve seen him in college. He is a 6’10 center with a 7’4 wingspan, and crazy athleticism. He covers a ton of ground on the floor, has great defensive range, and has an NBA ready body. He also has a really dope name.
Here’s one play that displays his athleticism—> https://youtu.be/-eZqcBYPOtAHere’s
another —> https://youtu.be/odhuwWMahHc
Here’s some shortened tape if you’d like to see how he is in a game Vs Michigan State —> https://youtu.be/mPeUY-4W8MAVs
Nebraska —> https://youtu.be/anZ7dIkfjH4
Fernando’s ceiling is a guy who can be a dominant presence protecting the rim and out guarding on the perimeter, as well as a rim runner on offense. He has showed flashes of touch around the post too, and his jump shot mechanics are pretty solid. He shot 74% from the free throw line in college and there’s video ( https://mobile.twitter.com/draftexpress/status/996966869633503232
)of him knocking down open jumpers at the combine, so he may have some shooting touch.
As I’ve said before, all we really need is a big man who can protect the rim, hold up on switches, and knockdown jumpers (this part is more of a luxury but would be awesome) and Fernando has serious potential to be that type of player. Why pick Keita Bates Diop?
Keita Bates Diop, or KBD as I have affectionately never called him, is a 6’8 forward with a giant 7’3 wingspan. He’s a 3 and D wing with some scoring upside, although he’ll likely just be a shooter who can take advantage of mismatches in the post. He also moves well off ball and is a good cutter.
This past year he won Big Ten POY and averaged 20/8.7/1.6 on 48/36/79 with about 5 attempts from 3 per game.
His defensive versatility is his main selling point, and he’ll likely be able to play either forward spot, and maybe some small ball center on rare occasion. If you wanna read more in depth about it, here’s a good discussion about his defensive abilities ——> https://94feetreport.com/keita-bates-diop-the-next-prototype-8768092b870a
I think he would be a nice solid pick, someone we can slot in at the 3 who can play good defense and stretch the floor, the only concern to have when picking him is that he may be at his best as a 4 in the NBA. If the bulls believe that, they should pass on him in favor of one of the other 3 and D guys, but if they’re confident he’ll be a SF then he’d be a great fit for us. Why pick Afernee Simons?
I’m sure everyone here has already heard about Simons, but he’s a combo guard who could potentially come out of high school straight into the NBA. Simons is a great athlete with 3 level scoring potential and defensive potential due to his length. So what’s not to like? Well mostly the fact that he’s a high schooler with a high school body. Strength and physical development will be a big issue for a guy who already had trouble dealing with physicality and contact in high school, and he’s still figuring which guard position suits him best. If we draft Simons, he probably won’t be able to contribute for a few years
Good article on him and his strengths + weaknesses —> https://www.thestepien.com/2018/03/16/anfernee-simons-wrong-initiato
Good video breakdown —> https://youtu.be/9xAzcz4f08E
Simons, much like Robinson, is a total gamble. He could be the steal of the draft, maybe if we saw him in college he would be in the convo for #1 next year? Or maybe if we saw him in college he would have been completely exposed? There’s no way to know.
We do have the 7th pick, so even though we’re a rebuilding team, the 22nd can be treated at somewhat of a luxury. It would bolster our team for whoever we choose to work out, but it’s not going to derail us if they don’t. If the FO are confident they can develop him, his potential is worthy of investing in. Why pick Elie Okobo?
I don’t think there’s been much, if any, talk about Okobo on this sub. I don’t think many people have even heard of him at this point, so I’ll introduce you. Elie Okobo is a 20 year old French guard and probably the second best European prospect in the draft.
Here’s a little blurb from ESPN that sums up his game
“Okobo has attracted significant attention this season from NBA scouts, not just due to his productivity but also his size, 6-8 wingspan and scoring instincts. He's a fluid athlete who plays above the rim regularly, changes speeds smoothly in the open floor, is a prolific pick-and-roll player who can find the open man and has proven to be a capable shot-maker, pulling up off the dribble from long vantage points.”
The ringer draft guide lists his strengths as:
• Impressive shooter off the dribble. He uses step-backs, pull-ups, and sidesteps to get his shot off. It’s like he’s mimicking James Harden.
• Good spot-up shooter who has potential to hit shots off screens if he focuses on mastering his footwork.
• Active off-ball cutter. He grew up playing two-guard, and it shows with his movement relocating, running through screens, and cutting.
• Skilled at-rim finisher who has touch, uses either hand, and can make difficult wrong-footed layups against length and athleticism.
• He’s a fairly explosive leaper in the open floor. He’ll sometimes surprise you with big dunks driving in traffic.
• Improved ball handler who changes speeds, uses spin moves and Eurosteps, and shows good feel and pace in the pick-and-roll.
• Solid passer who makes basic reads and has progressed at advanced ones like cross-court kickouts.
• Flashes good defensive potential when he’s engaged. He has long arms and the quickness to contain dribble penetration.
He’s a similar player to Afernee Simons, although I would say he’s better at this point because he plays in a professional league. He’s also still in the process of figuring out what guard position he’ll end up at, he’s trying to be a point guard but he still needs to shore up some areas of his game.
Okobo has a ton of potential, an intriguing skill set, and a great physical profile. If GarPax are considering drafting the highest upside player at 22, I think Okobo should be ahead of Simons and Robinson. He has as much potential as them, and will likely be able to contribute earlier than them.
If you’d like to read more in depth about him, here’s a really great article —> https://www.thestepien.com/2018/02/15/hiding-plain-sight-elie-okobo/ Why pick Jacob Evans?
Jacob is a nice 3 and D wing who should have a solid career and could fit right in nicely at SF. He’s a pretty solid shooter at 38% on 462 attempts and 76% career FT shooter. He’s a solid defender too. He’s about 6’6 with a 6’9 wingspan, solid size to go with solid athleticism. Key word: solid. Nothing about him really jumps off the page, he’s just a good player. He’s not a lockdown 1 v 1 defender, but within a team concept he’s very good at rotations and communicating, and he’s effective at switching
Here’s a good article detailing this strength —> https://www.thestepien.com/2018/03/09/biggest-evaluation-inefficiency-draft-team-defense/
He’s really comfortable in embracing his role and seems to be a smart player all around, here’s an interview where he shows some of that —> https://www.nbcsports.com/northwest/video/jacob-evans-i-can-fit-any-offense
He can fill a need for us right away and even if we pick him over some higher upside guys, I don’t think we’d regret it looking back in a few years Why pick Josh Okogie?
Josh Okogie would be a pick in the same vein as Bruce Brown, except he can shoot. He’s more of a scorer though than a do it all type guy. He’s 6’4 with a massive 7 foot wingspan which gives him a lot of defensive versatility
Here’s his strengths and weaknesses from the Ringer draft guide: Strengths
• Has the versatility to switch onto multiple positions given his excellent length, muscular frame, and great agility.
• Strong help defender who hustles, stays engaged, invades passing lanes, and blocks shots from the weak side.
• Plus rebounder for his position.
• Good shooting potential if he raises his release point and speeds up his gather; as is, his shot is susceptible to closeouts by NBA athletes.
• Has shown the ability to score off the bounce with one-dribble pull-ups or step-backs; if those fall in the NBA, driving lanes will open.
• Intelligent off-ball cutter; he’ll be at his best in a non-feature role. Weaknesses
• Low shooting release.
• Needs to get better at finishing tough below-the-rim layups; he drew a lot of fouls in college, but may not get the benefit of the whistle in the NBA.
• Average passer.
• Lacks an advanced handle and doesn’t change directions with the agility necessary to run pick-and-roll at a high level.
Another scouting report —> https://www.thestepien.com/josh-okogie/
Overall, Okogie is a good, strong athlete with great tools and a lot scoring potential. He needs to refine pretty much his entire offensive game, but he has a lot of potential to be a very effective two way player that will be useful off our bench and can play alongside Dunn when we need to lock down. Why not pick Dzanan Musa?
He’s one of the most popular names that comes up when discussing who to take at 22. I think taking him would be a mistake for a few reasons.
The first is that his overall skill set doesn’t warrant a 1st round selection in my eyes. He doesn’t have any NBA ready traits outside of his shooting. He’s not that great of a shooter either, he can make big shots, but his overall shot selection is terrible. Due to that, he’s a lifetime 31% shooter on 558 attempts.
Maybe his efficiency goes up as he adapts to more of role player role, but that’s my 2nd concern. I don’t believe he’ll ever settle into just being a role player. He is really reckless on the court and is just a straight gunner, there’s a lot of Mirotic in his game where he pulls up randomly from way beyond the arc for no reason, he feels he has a green light at all times. Dunn and Lavine already have somewhat of a power struggle going on, throwing another alpha dog with even less talent than them into the mix will only make things worse.
The third reason I don’t wanna draft him is because of his defense. He is tall enough for SF but he’ll probably end up at SG. He doesn’t have the strength to handle wing players, and he really doesn’t have the lateral quickness to handle anyone on defense. He plays hunched over and I think it hurts his defensive abilities.
Overall, I think he’ll be an inefficient chucker who plays bad defense and doesn’t fill a need for us. I would steer clear of him.
Here’s a breakdown video on him if you wanna see what his game is like, draft Express and others do have far higher opinions of him than I do —> https://youtu.be/-uMBgJ5mLQs Why not pick Grayson Allen?
Grayson Allen is a pretty good athlete and shooter. He’s not a good defender. He’s also a dirty player who’s been too scared to come into the NBA despite having a chance to be drafted every year he’s played in college, and he throws tantrums when things don’t go his way. No thanks. https://youtu.be/tcEq7xhxD4g Why not pick Kevin Huerter?
Kevin Huerter is a 6’7 SG who’s a great shooter with average length. I wasn’t sure whether to include him or not in this, but his stock has been rising and he’s been talked about more so I figured I’d throw him in. He is a great shooter and one of the best, most pure ones in the draft and I think he has a chance to be a solid KorveRedick type player, I just don’t think he’s good enough to pick at 22 or that he fills a need for us. I’ve named other guys who could be 2 guards, but they all have defensive capabilities which can help compensate for Zach’s troubles on that end when we need to sub him out. Huerter can’t fill that need, and ultimately I think we have a lot of better options. Here’s a breakdown of what type of player he is from the Ringer draft guide if you wanna know more about him Strengths
• Excellent spot-up shooter with deep range. No one in the draft is better at hitting off-balance jumpers off screens.
• Comfortable hitting one-two dribble pull-ups or step-backs from deep.
• He quickly attacks closeouts rather than holding the ball, is aggressive on straight-line drives, and finishes with either hand inside.
• Solid passer either off the dribble or when facilitating on the perimeter. He displays a high basketball IQ.
• Plays hard on defense with good length, instincts, and focus. He’s not afraid to contest a shot even if it means being posterized. Weaknesses
• Needs to quicken his shooting form. He brings the ball far out away from his body, which gives defenders an extra beat to contest his release.
• Lean frame and lack of quickness could make him a defensive liability unless he gets a lot stronger and develops better fundamentals.
• Takes too many risks as a passer by throwing the ball into traffic.