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Marvin Bagley III Strengths & Weaknesses: If Kevin Garnett went to college

Marvin Bagley III:

Strengths:

-  Extremely versatile! Can switch on anyone defensively & guard 1-5. Offensively he fits from as small as a 2 to as big as a 5. All-around player.

- Tenacious Rebounder

- Very long, exceptional size (6’11 230 pounds)

- Great face up game in the post

- Great handle for his size: can push in transition, take defenders off the dribble

- Moves like a wing, big enough to play C

- Moves, face and in post. Natural scorer

- Scorer’s mentality

- Good feel playing under the rim, smart, good finishing, drawing fouls, explosiveness, big, etc.

- Aggressive player, high motor

- Defends guards on the perimeter

- Great potential as a shot blocker/defender

- Contested pull up jumpers

 

Weaknesses:

- Free throw shooting

- Jumper is only average as of now, although there is great potential

- Same w the handle

- Still raw in some areas

- Forces reckless shots at the rim at times

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

Bagley has shown to be a star since his days as a high schooler, balling on grown men in Los Angeles’ Drew League while being the top ranked player in his class. He makes an impact everywhere on the court, whether that be dominating the post or being an athletic freak on the perimeter. He is a natural scorer who can do whatever is necessary to put the ball in the basket. Explosive athlete which is impressive and rare for his size/age. Elite rebounder due to his length, athleticism and tenacity. These same traits give him great promise as a defender. Marvin Bagley defines versatility. He is the player everyone wants in today’s NBA because he has no real position… he starts at Forward but that is nothing more than a label.    

 

NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett

Trae Young NBA Draft Profile

Trae Young: 6’1 178 19 years old Oklahoma

 

Strengths:

 

- ELITE 3 point shooter. Shoots at a high level when spotting up, coming off the dribble, and coming off of screens.

- Has valuable experience carrying a team, he diligently led the short-handed Sooners all year. Handled himself with high regard and showed leadership during times of great media scrutiny.

- Led Division I with 27.4 PPG and 8.7 APG as a freshman!

- Exceptional ball handling, He fits the spread pick & roll style of today’s NBA.

- Good mid range game, especially utilizing floaters. This is important given his smaller frame because he has to use touch and finesse to get over strong defenders.

- Skillful passer, he is able to make the easy passes along with the difficult ones.

- Flashy, he likes to make the difficult/exciting play. Some see this as a weakness but his ability to make these plays shows another level of talent.

- Above average finishing ability with great potential. He is only 19 years old and shows skillful finishes but is inconsistent.

 

Weaknesses:

 

- Needs to get stronger, as is the case for most 19 year olds.

- Defensive intensity/ability is lacking, if that does not improve he will be targeted and picked on defensively in the NBA.

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

The story of the nation this season, a true freshman leading the entire nation in PPG(27.4) and APG(8.7). He set an Oklahoma record and tied the all time NCAA record for assists in a game with his 22 assist performance vs Northwestern State, he has seamlessly made the transition from high school to college showing fluidity on the court and high basketball IQ. Young is a next generation point guard, the pick and roll style of the current NBA suits him perfectly and we are seeing a lot of Stephen Curry influence in his game. He is an elite talent all-around: he pulls up on the dime from anywhere within around 30 feet, finishes around the rim with ease, and has record breaking vision. Many question whether his ability will translate to the NBA. If a team chooses to build around him and allows Trae Young to be Trae Young, we could have the next Stephen Curry.

 

NBA Comparison: Stephen Curry

Mohamed Bamba NBA Draft Profile

Mohamed Bamba: 7'0 225 19 years old Texas

 

Strengths:

 

- Long as s**t! (8’0 reach)

- ELITE Defender: Shot blocking (currently 5 blocks a game), Shot altering, just a problem you have to deal w when attacking the paint

- 3pt range

- Good shooting touch 

- Can pick & pop

- Good hook shot

- Tough player, has fight in him

- Unbelieveable shot blocker, looks like he’s goaltending at times

- Great movement ability. Proves to be most effective on the defensive end when switching pick & rolls or staying with his matchup.

 

Weaknesses:

- Offensive game is raw, but potential is through the roof

- Inconsistent play, at times he is a dominant Center and at times he seems to be just another player on the court

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

Mo Bamba is one of the headliners in this strong class of big men. His greatest tool is his extraordinary length, which gives him the ability to do things regular people can not. Bamba broke the NBA combine record for longest wingspan (7’10”) and ran a faster sprint time than Russell Westbrook for what it is worth. He can switch pick & rolls effectively and is a force in the paint. Bamba’s presence under the rim alone will make him an impact player in the NBA because every time an opponent drives to the rim, he must go through the longest man he has ever seen before he can score. The cherry on top is his offensive potential. He has proven to be a capable spot up 3 point shooter and has shown promise in his post up game, which has been somewhat hidden due to NCAA’s zone defenses. While his game has some fine tuning needed, at 19 years old there is a world of untapped ability that will be showcased in the NBA. Mo Bamba is a top player in this class.

 

NBA Comparison: Hassan Whiteside

Michael Porter Jr. NBA Draft Profile

Michael Porter Jr.: 6’10 211 19 years old Missouri

 

Strengths:

 

- Long athlete, standing at almost 6’11 (6’10 3/4) with a 7’0 wingspan. His ability to move and handle like a guard is extremely impressive.

- Great shooter overall. Great pull up jumper (his go-to move), contested shooting and shooting off the dribble.

- Strong rebounder. Played limited minutes due to injury but still averaged close to double digit RPG.

- Mid-range jumper seems automatic, he can score here while fading, contested however. Mid-range game is an important key for an NBA scorer, every player in the league averaging 20+ PPG is effective here.

- Dangerous in transition especially as a ball handler. He will take it coast to coast whenever given the opportunity.

- Attacks the rim with aggression and is a more than capable finisher.

 

Weaknesses:

 

- Significant injury concern, Markelle Fultz’s situation this past season only causes concern as teams fear Porter will have similar problems (report came out recently of Porter having to cancel a pro day due to him aggravating his hip injury).

- Don’t know how he will perform defensively on the pro level, we have only REALLY seen him play in college for two games.

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

Michael Porter Jr. only played 53 minutes of college basketball. Even so, he is one of the most talented players in the nation and must be a Top 5 pick in the NBA draft this summer. Porter is extremely skilled for a player his size, at a near 6-11 and 215 pounds he has great handle and athleticism along with special shot making ability that make him a can’t miss prospect in this class. Porter was considered by many as the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft prior to his November back surgery and hip concerns. These injuries definitely make him a risk, but the potential reward is so great that it may be worthwhile for a team to select him high and possibly wait a year for him to be fully healthy a la Markelle Fultz.

 

NBA Comparison: Jayson Tatum

 

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Lonnie Walker IV NBA Draft Profile

Lonnie Walker: 6’5 195 19 years old Miami

 

Strengths:

 

- Has the ability to score from anywhere on the court and create his own shot.

- Explosive athlete with good size, quickness and length for the guard position. Can even play the 3 in small ball situations

- Attacks the rim with ferocity, many times last season he has embarrassed defenders using his vertical leap and strength.

- Has a smooth jumper that opens up the rest of his offensive game. Can hit a variety of difficult shots with range extended to deep 3.

- Uses his long arms along with quickness and athleticism to be a factor on defense.

 

 

 

 

Weaknesses:

 

- Inconsistent. Has shown flashes of special ability but too many times during the season he was not much of a factor on the court (could be attributed to age).

- Mostly a scorer, has the ability to impact in other areas

- Needs to play with more energy, at times he seems lackadaisical/uninterested.

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

- The NBA draft puts emphasis on a player’s potential and Lonnie Walker’s is lethal. There were times during his freshman season where he looked like he was headed towards being one of college basketball’s biggest stars. However, the thing that is stopping him from being atop draft boards is his inconsistency and seemingly lack of interest. If he can overcome those issues he experienced as a college freshman during his NBA career he can be one of the best players to come out of this class. Walker’s talent exceeds most of peers’ but talent alone will only go so far.

 

NBA Comparison: Donovan Mitchell

Kevin Knox NBA Draft Profile

Kevin Knox: 6’9 215 18 years old Kentucky

 

Strengths:

 

- Very smooth shooter, this combined with his length gives him potential to be a deadly scorer. He can shoot over anybody whether spotting up or on the move/off dribble.

- Great size and athleticism for the forward position. Think Brandon Ingram/Kevin Durant, similar movement skills and size as them.

- Soft touch around the rim, has floaters and good finishing ability.

- Effective playing off of screens, can spot up, drive, or dribble pull up.

- Skilled offensive player.

- Great length, giving him good defensive abilities.

 

Weaknesses:

 

- Relies too heavily on his shooting. At times when the shot isn’t falling he tends to be ineffective though he has to tools to impact the game in other ways.

- Needs to improve strength to be a force on the NBA level.

- Must add to his arsenal of moves. Has the potential to be a great offensive threat but currently does not have the ability.

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

Kevin Knox is going to be drafted for his length and his ability to score the ball. He has good 3&D potential but his greatest trait lies in his shooting. Knox has a smooth jumper, which given height and length (6’9”, near 7’0” wingspan) can turn him into an effective two-way weapon in the NBA.

 

NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris

Miles Bridges NBA Draft Profile

Miles Bridges: 6’6 220 20 years old Michigan St

 

Strengths:

 

- NBA ready body. Tall and long while weighing a muscular 220 lbs. Strength and athleticism are top notch, explosive athlete.

- Attacks the rim with aggression. Knows how to use his body and throw his weight around. Always looking to dunk on someone.

- Solid jump shot, comfortable shooting a variety of ways

- Able to score so many different ways: 1on1, off ball, post up. Able to keep the defender guessing.

- Plays with a high motor. Impacts the boards using power and athleticism (8.3 RPG freshman year)

 

 

Weaknesses:

 

- Not much of a facilitator (2.4 APG over his college career), ball handling is average.

- Somewhat of a tweener, fits between SG-PF. Though this may not be a significant issue given the position-less game the NBA is trending towards.

- Question his ability to score consistently at the NBA level although the potential is there

 

Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:

 

Miles Bridges is a powerful athlete with a fully grown body. He is a bit of a “tweener” but that does not seem to matter much in this day and age. If you can play, you will find a way on the court. Miles Bridges can score inside the paint as well as on the perimeter. Scouts may wish for more from him (quickness, length ball handling) but Bridges is at the very least capable of being a solid starter at the next level with the potential for high production. He is strong, fast, and puts the ball in the hole. He stretches the defense with the 3 ball as well as attacks closeouts and dunks on people. He plays with great energy (coming from a great Michigan St program) and makes sure he is involved crashing the boards. Miles Bridges is a solid all around talent with the room to grow into something special.

 

NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay