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NBA Draft Profile: Gani Lawal

May 5, 2010 1 comment

Gani Lawal

POWER FORWARD

6-9, 234 lbs.

College: Georgia Tech

Class: Junior

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STRENGTHS: Lawal is an athletic power forward with good back-to-the basket skills and a great motor. He has an NBA body and plays solid defense.

WEAKNESSES: Lawal is raw in the post, and will have to work hard on his offensive game in order to be effective. He may end up being a role player on a good team in the NBA.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Paul George

May 5, 2010 1 comment

Paul George

GUARD

6-8, 210 lbs.

College: Fresno State                                                            

Class: Sophomore

SELECTED #10 overall by Indiana

Photo courtesy: AP

 

STRENGTHS: George has great size (6-8) for an NBA guard. He is a freak athlete, has a good shooting touch, and is an excellent defender and rebounder.

WEAKNESSES: George is not a great ballhandler, and may be too slight to play the 3 in the pros. Like many prospects, he will need to bulk up to be effective in the NBA.

PICK GRADE: C+. The Pacers like George’s potential, but he probably won’t help Indiana right away.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Jarvis Varnado

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Jarvis Varnado

FORWARD/CENTER

6-9, 230 lbs.

College: Mississippi State

Class: Senior

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STRENGTHS: Varnado is the NCAA’s all-time leading shotblocker. Rarely do all-time career statistical leaders who played against top-level competition miss in the pros. Varnado is a physical defender who can have success in the NBA.

WEAKNESSES: Varnado is not going to be an offensive threat in the NBA. He’s small for a center (6-9, 230) and will need to bulk up.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Luke Babbitt

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Luke Babbitt

FORWARD

6-9, 225 lbs.

College: Nevada

Class: Sophomore

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STRENGTHS: Babbitt was a prolific scorer at Nevada, averaging 21.7 points per game. He has a great jump shot, good ability to get to the rim, and came up big for the Wolfpack in the clutch. He’s also a hard worker, and can play the 2 or 3 in the NBA.

WEAKNESSES: Babbitt isn’t particularly athletic, and will struggle defensively against quicker 2’s or 3’s. He could also use another year in school to refine his post game.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Quincy Pondexter

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Quincy Pondexter

FORWARD

6-6, 215 lbs.

College: Washington

Class: Senior

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 STRENGTHS: Pondexter is a physical, solid rebounder with an excellent jump shot. He was a double-double machine at Washington and put the Huskies on his back at the end of the season, carrying them from  the brink of the NIT to the Sweet 16.

WEAKNESSES: Pondexter is your classic tweener. He’s small for an NBA power forward, and may not be athletic enough to guard and get his own shot against 3’s in the league.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Elliot Williams

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Elliot Williams

GUARD

6-4, 180 lbs.

College: Memphis

Class: Sophomore

Larry Kuzniewski/Memphis Flyer

 

STRENGTHS: Williams is a solid combo guard with an excellent jump shot and a knack for making the right decision. He has good size for a guard (6-4), and rebounds the ball well.

WEAKNESSES: Williams probably won’t be a star on the NBA level, especially if he comes out now. He isn’t spectacular in any area, but has the scoring and rebounding ability to be a solid pro for a long time.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Devin Ebanks

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Devin Ebanks

GUARD/FORWARD

6-9, 215 lbs.

College: West Virginia

Class: Sophomore

David Smith/AP

 

STRENGTHS: Ebanks is a long, talented athlete with a good jump shot. He runs the floor well, can finish around the rim and is a solid rebounder. He also has an NBA wingspan.

WEAKNESSES: Ebanks doesn’t have an NBA-ready post game and relies too much on his athleticism to get baskets. He will need to work hard to separate himself from the other great athletes at his position in the NBA.

Player Stats courtesy of www.cbssports.com.

Categories: 2010