Giannis Adetokunbo: NBA Draft Profile

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  • Country: Greece
  • Team: Filathlitkos
  • Height: 6’9”
  • Weight: 196 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’3”

 

Strengths

Adetokunbo has great size and length at 6’9” with a 7’3” wingspan and huge hands. His enormous hands allow him to be a natural passer, ball handler, and finisher. While he can still afford to add some strength to his lean frame, his physical tools are very unique.

Such physical tools make his upside on the defensive side of the ball through the roof. With length that bothers jumpers, shots at the rim, and disrupts the passing lanes, the potential is unquestionable. More impressively, Adetokunbo has great defensive instincts for his lack of experience thus far.

Offensively, Adetokunbo is as versatile of a player as this draft has to offer. At his size, there is the possibility that he becomes somewhat of a point forward. He has the rare ability to secure a rebound, take it coast to coast, and finish. As fluid of an athlete as there is, he is extremely smooth getting into the lane and once there, uses his great passing instincts to find the open teammate.

The common word with Adetokunbo is potential. Simply put, while he has already shown promise as an NBA prospect, he just turned 18 this past December. He is yet to reach his athletic potential, may still be growing, and will only get better in time.

 

Weaknesses:

Despite being a great athlete with a unique skill set, Adetokunbo lacks strength and explosiveness. At just 196 pounds, he struggles to handle contact. At the offensive end, he has issues finishing through contact and over length. At the defensive end, he has problems fighting through screens physically.

The mid-range game is nonexistent in his case. While he is a capable shooter, Adetokunbo lacks much consistency. He absolutely refuses to pull up over a defender and has a low release on his jumper. If his release wasn’t bad enough already, that is not the only mechanical flaw in his shot. He lacks consistency with his form, and countless times, failed to even follow through.

Lack of experience is the biggest question mark surrounding the Greek forward. Yet to compete against any sort of elite competition, it is yet to be seen what he can really do against the best of the best.

Another question lingers around Adetokunbo’s future. What position will he play in the NBA?

 

Role on the Sixers

Adetokunbo is a long way away from contributing consistently on an NBA roster. Still just 18 years old with minimal experience, he is a project to say the least. Whoever drafts him is making their decision based on upside alone. More than likely, it will be a team that can afford to wait for him to develop and not expect him to be a difference maker immediately.

If taken by the Sixers, it would be due to the fact that new general manager Sam Hinkie loves young assets. While Hinkie was with the Rockets, they drafted well consistently. Take Chandler Parsons for instance. He’s become an everyday player after being taken in the second round. Adetokunbo wouldn’t be a factor for the Sixers right away, but down the road, if Hinkie drafted him, it would be because he thought that he could potentially cause mismatches across the board offensively.

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