An overview of the intriguing prospect from Duke.
One of the most complete all-around players in this year’s draft class is Duke’s Marvin Bagley III. The lengthy power forward was a very effective stretch four for the Blue Devils and helped lead them all the way to the Elite Eight this past season.
While Bagley spent most of his time around the basket in his one season at Duke, he still kept defenders honest, shooting nearly 40% from three point range. Bagley also handles the ball well for a 6’11” player and can lead a fast break by himself.
Bagley averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game with Duke, shooting a ridiculous 65% on shots inside the arc. He also displayed his athleticism and versatility, causing nightmares for opposing defenses.
One of Bagley’s weaker areas is defense. He averaged less than one block and one steal per game last season, which is too low for someone with a 7’0″ wingspan. He also lacks some of the defensive instincts that are seen in some of the NBA’s elite defenders. However, he still possesses the quickness and size necessary to turn himself into a defensive weapon in the coming years.
Marvin Bagley will definitely be a player that the Hawks consider selecting with the third pick in the draft. His combination of quickness and size, along with his pure shooting stroke and silky-smooth handles, give him one of the highest upsides of any prospect in this year’s draft class.