Chris Duarte

Post-Summer League, 2021 Draft Analysis — Picks 1-15

August 22, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

We have hit the dead period for basketball.  Summer League is over, free agency has come to a grinding halt, and training camp rosters are finalized for the most part.  At this point, all we can do is wait for the NBA preseason to begin on October 3.  With that in mind, Hoops Prospects will review the 2021 NBA Draft, pick by pick, breaking down [ . . . ]

Alperen Sengun

Alperen Şengün Scouting Report

August 19, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

What Sengun accomplished this season as an 18-year-old was nothing short of amazing.  The 6-foot-10 center/power forward tore up the Turkish BSL, a high-level league.  Playing for Besiktas in 34 BSL games and three FIBA EuroCup contests, he averaged 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.9 combined steals and blocks per game.  He made 63.2 percent of his shots from the floor, and finished [ . . . ]

Josh Giddey

Josh Giddey Scouting Report

August 9, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

The Australian NBL produced a lottery selection for the second consecutive year.  Last year, it was LaMelo Ball, the top-ranked prospect on the 2020 HP Draft Board, and this year, it is Josh Giddey, the seventh-ranked prospect on the 2021 HP Draft Board.  Both are point guards with great size, and both produced very impressive numbers.  Ball was more adept at scoring at roughly the [ . . . ]

Jonathan Kuminga

Jonathan Kuminga Scouting Report

August 6, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

A consensus five-star recruit out of high school, Kuminga decided to take his talents to the G League, but his performance with Ignite did not help his draft stock.  In early February, he was considered a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.  He fell out of contention for the top spot by the end of March, and last [ . . . ]

Jalen Green

Jalen Green Scouting Report

August 4, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

The Rockets could not go wrong with the second-overall pick.  The club’s options included USC’s Evan Mobley and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, but ultimately, Houston went with the ultra-explosive Green.   A highly touted high-school recruit, Green had offers from Auburn, Memphis, Oregon, and others before deciding to play for the G League Ignite team.  The decision proved to be a good move.  The California native posted [ . . . ]

Jalen Suggs

Jalen Suggs Scouting Report

August 3, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

Though the Magic were already well stocked with guards, the team had to be pleased that Suggs fell to No. 5 overall in the NBA Draft.  There is so much to like about Suggs, the best pure point guard in the 2021 draft class.  He is an excellent all-round athlete, who also has a high basketball IQ.  He is tough and scrappy, and yet graceful [ . . . ]