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What is Walker Kessler's upside?


sip

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The more I watch this kid play the more I like his game. Defensively he is a huge body but he also moves his feet extremely well and has a patience that you don't usually see from younger players. Most of the time they are trying to block everything but with him he does a really good job of staying down until players are fully committed to shooting and disrupts the shot. Offensively I think he has great hands and is doing a good job of finding the open space and rolling to the hoop. Based on watching his highschool and college highlights though I think there is a lot of untapped potential on that end. He has a decent outside shooting stroke and looked comfortable shooting from the outside in highschool and college even though his percentage from 3 wasn't good in college. Half the battle sometimes with players is getting them to shoot from the outside with confidence and I think that will come pretty quickly with Kessler. He seems to have a really good work ethic and Hardy already mentioned how coachable he is. Give him a few more years to work on his game and I really think he can round into a 15pt, 11rb, 3ast, 3blk a game center.
 


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The more I watch this kid play the more I like his game. Defensively he is a huge body but he also moves his feet extremely well and has a patience that you don't usually see from younger players. Most of the time they are trying to block everything but with him he does a really good job of staying down until players are fully committed to shooting and disrupts the shot. Offensively I think he has great hands and is doing a good job of finding the open space and rolling to the hoop. Based on watching his highschool and college highlights though I think there is a lot of untapped potential on that end. He has a decent outside shooting stroke and looked comfortable shooting from the outside in highschool and college even though his percentage from 3 wasn't good in college. Half the battle sometimes with players is getting them to shoot from the outside with confidence and I think that will come pretty quickly with Kessler. He seems to have a really good work ethic and Hardy already mentioned how coachable he is. Give him a few more years to work on his game and I really think he can round into a 15pt, 11rb, 3ast, 3blk a game center.
Those sound like Rudy numbers (except the assists)
 

Bodhi

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There is a big difference between Rudy numbers and actual impact. Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside put up Rudy numbers but we all know that they didn't really have positive impact on the game.
Exactly
 

sip

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I have seen those highlights of him hitting 3's, but his current free throw shooting is pretty rough so thats a down the road thing at best.

But, ceiling is White Webenyama.
My guess is he rounds into a high 60% free throw shooter over the next couple years. I thought the same thing about Poeltl as well though after he improved a ton his sophmore year at Utah and he has been a terrible free throw shooter his entire nba career.
 


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