2021 NBA Draft Preview (new thread)


Handlogten's Heros

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But backup PG is an actual Jazz need though, so Preston would fit a need. He's not my favorite prospect, but he's a fun player who plays with flair and has a great story. He's got great size for the PG position if he can fill out his frame.
Yeah I think if they see it as a current need they go get a vet to fill in. It is nice that its a need that can be covered up by Ingles/DM so maybe you can see if the kid is ready and he has an actual opportunity to grab 10 minutes a night.

I wonder what they think of Forrest... wonder if he becomes the 7-8 minute a night guy that fills in.

I have no real opinion on Preston so I'm fine with it. There are different ways to find upside. Small school guy might be someone that is overlooked. While I love a prospect like JT Thor... he may end up being a guy that is too far away and is a second draft guy down the road.
 


Ferguson_Mellochill

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Tony Jones said the Jazz are having a big workout tomorrow with prospects for the late 1st. Tony said he'd announce the names on The Athletic. I haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere.
 

stormkoopacv03

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Wow, Jason Preston. He kinda plays like LaMelo Ball without the 3 pt shooting but has a great passing skill and instinct. If he were 6-6 to 6-8 he'd probably be top 20 in the draft.
 

LoPo

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I’d start with age. He won’t even turn 19 until December. This allows a **** ton of time for improvement under the leadership of the best coaches, training staffs, and players in the world. We’re not talking an old 20 year old coming out (a little older but not super older) , we’re talking about someone almost 2.5 years younger than that.

I also like the physical profile. The height, wingspan, standing reach, hand size, which is strong in and of itself, but looks smooth on an NBA court. He’s quite coordinated and smooth. There’s no awkwardness there. We see this in how he moves, how he dribbles. There’s an obvious level of comfort there.

I then look at the numbers. He had strong shooting numbers as a freshman. Not elite but quite strong. For someone with his length, I like his handle. I’d say it’s slightly above average and given his age, is something he could improve upon so that it’s even better over time. His rebounding numbers are pedestrian and passing is an area of concern both so far as assist and turnover numbers are concerned. I don’t know if those were the result of minimizing ball handling (lower assist numbers) or rookie jitters and/or bad decision making that led to the turnovers. I’d have to watch full games more to know. But that’s not a huge concern for me probably in a way that it’s not for you with Christopher. That’s something that can develop with good coaching.

In short, I don’t see any glaring weaknesses that can’t be improved upon, even drastically, and I see a lot of upside with shooting, defense and handle. He looks smooth. My biggest concern (other than passing I guess) would be his temperament. Does he have any fire in him to be the best player he can be? Given his length and skill set, I’d like to see him fill out his body in a way Hayward did (though not that much and much of that is out of his control and genetics) and be more physical on the court to where he grabs more rebounds, gets more steals (and maybe more blocks), and uses it at both ends of the court to his advantage.
Smooth is a good way to put it. Primo just looks effortless out there. Also, when Alabama had some struggles in the NCAA tournament, he went out and made plays and hit big shots. He wasn't afraid of the moment. He sought it.

It's tough to judge him because he was so far down the depth chart on a team full of upperclassmen.

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Wes Mantooth

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Smooth is a good way to put it. Primo just looks effortless out there. Also, when Alabama had some struggles in the NCAA tournament, he went out and made plays and hit big shots. He wasn't afraid of the moment. He sought it.

It's tough to judge him because he was so far down the depth chart on a team full of upperclassmen.

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I wouldn’t say so far down. 6th man iirc.
 

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