Looking ahead to the 2022 Draft

#13
This Holmgren might be the gem teams have waited for. I'm interested to see what goes down. KG/Pau hybrid?
Yeah, how he handles physicality is gonna be huge. If he's still an effective rim protector/doesn't get moved out of the paint... phew those guard skills are something.
 

Tetsujin

The Game Thread Dude
#14
Yeah, how he handles physicality is gonna be huge. If he's still an effective rim protector/doesn't get moved out of the paint... phew those guard skills are something.
The physicality thing is going to be an issue for him for sure. It'll be interesting seeing how he adjusts to the typical 6'7"/6'8" bruiser a lot of college teams generally throw out there against Gonzaga. Wembanyama absolutely man-handled him in U-19 worlds. Then again, Wembanyama is quite possibly the single most impressive 17 year old prospect I have ever seen including Lebron (with all due respect to Bron, he wasn't a 7'2" behemoth with a 7'8" wingspan and Dame shooting range.

Right now Banchero is getting slotted ahead of Chet in some mocks, who kinda reminds me of a Julius Randle with better feet on defense. And Emoni Bates is now in the 2022 draft too and while he's not developed like people assumed he would two or three years ago (sub-par wingspan, super annoying dad dynamics gives me Marvin Bagley vibes), his offensive repertoire is legit.

Jabari Smith Jr., btw, is way more athletic than his father and actually has a bit of Dirk to his game last I saw him.

(I went down a scouting rabbit hole during the depths of COVID lockdown)
 
#15
The physicality thing is going to be an issue for him for sure. It'll be interesting seeing how he adjusts to the typical 6'7"/6'8" bruiser a lot of college teams generally throw out there against Gonzaga. Wembanyama absolutely man-handled him in U-19 worlds. Then again, Wembanyama is quite possibly the single most impressive 17 year old prospect I have ever seen including Lebron (with all due respect to Bron, he wasn't a 7'2" behemoth with a 7'8" wingspan and Dame shooting range.

Right now Banchero is getting slotted ahead of Chet in some mocks, who kinda reminds me of a Julius Randle with better feet on defense. And Emoni Bates is now in the 2022 draft too and while he's not developed like people assumed he would two or three years ago (sub-par wingspan, super annoying dad dynamics gives me Marvin Bagley vibes), his offensive repertoire is legit.

Jabari Smith Jr., btw, is way more athletic than his father and actually has a bit of Dirk to his game last I saw him.

(I went down a scouting rabbit hole during the depths of COVID lockdown)
The good news for Chet is that putting on weight is probably the easiest skill to do for an elite college/NBA player if they put the time in. Chet's frame doesn't look all that great to adding weight, but he needs just enough to not get thrown into the 5th row by NBA centers when he goes up for an NBA rebound.

IIRC, Kristaps was really skinny when he first came over too and he filled out his frame real nicely. Obviously, Giannis as well.
 
#18
What's the deal with Bates? Haven't really heard much about him this past year, he was supposed to be "next" right?
Bates is only 17 so even though he reclassified to play college ball next season, he won't be draft eligible until 2023.

He and Wembanyama right now are probably the top two prospects for that draft.