NBA Draft Prospect Evaluation #5

This is a piece where I pick one prospect from this year’s upcoming NBA draft that the Timberwolves have a legitimate shot at to draft. They will also need to fit the style of the team as well as addressing a current need of the roster. 

Prospect 1 – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Prospect 2 – Anfernee Simons

Prospect 3 – Troy Brown

Prospect 4 – Khyri Thomas

This week’s prospect – Josh Okogie – Guard – Georgia Tech

Josh Okogie, who will be 20 years old by the time the next NBA season rolls around, fits the prototypical size at the shooting guard position. At 6’4″, with a wingspan of 7’0″, Okogie will have the physical ability to guard opposing team’s guards and even smaller forwards on occasion.

Okogie’s main strengths are his athleticism and ability to drive in the lane to create his own shot. Okogie’s free throw rate of .506 (according to sports-reference.com) outlines his ability to drive in the lane and draw contract from his opposition. Converting on 82% of his free throws attempted, this is one parts of Okogie’s game that will translate well to the NBA level.

Defensively, Okogie checks most of the basic boxes you look for in a first round prospect. He possesses active hands, sticks to his defense assignment and role, and has the athleticism to stick with quicker guards off the dribble. Pair these qualities along with his physical frame and you’ll find yourself with a quality defensive asset.

The biggest gripe with Okogie as a prospect is his field goal percentage which sits at a poor 41% (according to sports-reference.com). His jump shot will need to be fixed if the Timberwolves and Okogie want to find success against NBA level of competition.

As many already know, the main problems with last years Wolves team are it’s inability or refusal to shoot more threes, lack of quality depth, and lack of adequate defenders. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson were the teams only reliable defenders. If the Wolves draft Josh Okogie, they will be adding a prospect with the ability of contributing on a number of levels, both offensively and defensively.

 

photo credit ramblinwreck.com

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