We analyze the towering center from Texas.
The biggest physical freak of nature in a draft class full of physical freaks of nature is Texas center Mohamed Bamba. The 7’1″ human skyscraper has generated talks that perhaps he could be one of next elite young centers in the NBA.
While Bamba’s 13 points and 10.5 rebounds per game at Texas aren’t exactly eye-popping stats, the real area where he could make a major impact in the NBA is on defense. At Texas, Bamba used his astonishing 7’10” wingspan to average nearly four blocks a game. His length alone allows him to clog up the paint and shut down any easy opportunities at the basket for the opposition.
A lot of draft prospects say the right things about the team/city after workouts. Really get the impression that Atlanta is a place Mo Bamba wants to be.
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) June 14, 2018
On offense, Bamba is still a raw talent, but he has all of the tools necessary to become a productive scorer. If he’s able to develop a soft touch around the basket, his size and wingspan will make him virtually unguardable in the post. He should also generate lots of easy opportunities for himself off of offensive rebounds. Bamba has even showed an ability to hit three pointers with some consistency for the Longhorns and in his draft workouts.
Mo Bamba on Lloyd Pierce:
"I love Coach Pierce … I ran into Joel Embiid at the airport… He was telling me about Coach Pierce and his whole defensive schemes and how he loves bigs like me." pic.twitter.com/36XSG6LQHV
— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) June 14, 2018
Bamba is definitely a player that the Hawks should consider selecting. While he may not be the best available talent at pick number three, he would be a perfect complement to the smaller, more athletic John Collins in the frontcourt. There is also the option to trade down a couple of spots to draft Bamba and get something in return.
While he isn’t the most skilled player in the draft, Bamba has the potential to make a giant impact in the NBA on both ends of the court just because of his size and impressive defensive instincts, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to have him call Atlanta his new home.
Jackson Stone – @tdjs_network