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Okeke might not be healthy enough to play next season, but before he went down, his potential fit in the pros was clear. However, if he had not sustained the injury and played with his team into the Final Four, some prognosticators suspect that he perhaps could have been knocking on the door of the lottery portion of the first round. Draft night could result in an opportunity for a young player, working his way back from injury before his career even gets started to get back to health and get his career started with his hometown team. With the 2019 NBA Draft less than three weeks away, we look at every projected first round pick and come up with an NBA player comparison for each prospect. Strengths: Athleticism, Length, Perimeter Defense, Outside Shooting. Featured Columnist May 26, 2019 ... Utah Jazz: Chuma Okeke, PF, Auburn .

His post defense and rebounding were an asset for Auburn, but his college role brings with it the question as to whether he can defend wings at the NBA level.

And after he went 4-of-24 on pull-up jumpers, the scouting report will alert defense to close out hard and run him off the three-point line. Draft: Orlando Magic, 1st round (16th pick, 16th overall), 2019 NBA Draft. For those who contend that he was pushing himself towards being a potential lottery selection, this is the one aspect of his game that would have likely prevented him from getting there. He should add value as a help defender. He he has strong and sound footwork in the post. Okeke is the only unsigned first-round pick from the 2019 NBA Draft after he agreed to redshirt the 2019-20 season in order to rehab his knee. The worst case scenario for Okeke is that after being drafted he is never able to reach the potential he was thought to have before his injury, leading him to a limited role on an NBA team, or playing in another league. Can he be as effective defensively on the wing as he is expected to be offensively? Great athleticism at the PF slot, both of these guys are plus defenders with some good offensive skills. Coaches. This site has no affiliation with the National Basketball Association | Website by, MaxPreps 2014-15 Boys Basketball Sophomore All-American Team, Georgia Stars roll in Peach Jam quarterfinal, No. Okeke has spent much of his time rehabbing with the Magic’s G League affiliate in Lakeland, roughly one hour west of Orlando. Last season, Vince Carter and Justin Anderson both played the role of combo forward off the bench.

He plays an unselfish style of basketball and sees the floor.

This unknown has certainly hurt his draft stock, and how Okeke returns from his injury will be a gamble for any team drafting him.

He stands at 6’8 and 230 pounds with a wingspan of 7’0. Matches up well 2-4. The Orlando Magic have selected Chuma Okeke with the No.

On the defensive end, it is a different evaluation. Considering the injury suffered against UNC was late in the season, what his game will look like when he returns from injury is a mystery. Nobody: @chuma_okeke: This ball is mine now. The offensive analytics are solid with the usage he did receive, and one would think that means he could grow into offensive focal point. Probably still a first rounder, but may drop into the early second. Okeke’s mid-range game is consistent as well, also showcasing the ability to get by a defender attacking the basket and finishing at the rim. I’d say 25-35. Coming into the season Okeke was viewed as a potential late first or early second round pick, and by most accounts he was on his way to being taken in the first round before the NCAA tournament. It is a role more suited to playing off the bench with the preference of playing two natural bigs in the starting lineup.

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