Number two on my list is a defensive dog with a ton of upside. And once again, he could work his way into the bottom of the lottery. But right now most mocks have him in the range where the Kings might pick. I'm referring to Jordan Walsh out of Arkansas.
Jordan Walsh: SF, 6'7", 205 Lb's, 7'3" wingspan, Freshman, Arkansas.
23.0 mpg- 7.6 ppg - 51.6% fgp - 34.8% 3pp - 73.9% ftp - 2.8 rpg - 1.3 apg - 1.3 stl's.
You would be drafting Walsh for his defense and the hope that with work his 3 pt shot will improve. In that regard it has been slowly improving as this season has worn on. I think that a summer with an NBA shooting coach he should be able to get his percentage up to a respectable 37%. And if so, he then becomes a very viable player. I was going to say a solid 3 and D player, but Walsh is much better than just that. He's a terrific passer with excellent court vision. He has good handles . He's an outstanding transition player, and he's a terrific athlete. You'll note his 6'7" height and 7'3" wingspan. Two other players with those same measurements were Kawhi Leonard and Tracy McGrady.
I'm not implying that he's either of those players, but he has the same tools and tremendous upside. As a result of those tools, Walsh may be the best defender in this draft. He's an absolute monster who creates havoc all over the floor. Whether on the ball or off. He has very high basketball IQ. He has a non stop motor and plays with an edge. He has the dog in him as they say. He's actually not a bad mid-range shooter and he's a good finisher, even in a crowd.
His points per game don't blow you away, but he plays on an Arkansas team that is loaded with outstanding players like Nick Smith and Anthony Black, and add in that Walsh is a very unselfish player who seems to get as much joy from setting up a teammate as he does scoring a basket. With and improved and more polished offense to go along with his defense, the Kings Could have an impact player. I think he'll get a lot of fouls called on him at first because of his physical defense, but eventually, I think the ref's will start respecting him like they do Mitchell and Beverly.
You saw the good and the bad in that video. One thing that stood out was that Walsh is a much better 3 pt shooter on catch and shoots, and not good at all off the dribble. I think that can improve with hard work, but for the immediate future, if he would limit his 3 pt shooting to mostly catch and shoots, his average would probably climb up toward 37 or 38 percent. He's a very good passer, but sometimes tries the impossible. All correctable things. I like him a lot and I love his upside.