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    Isaac Okoro

    College: Auburn
    Position: SF/SG
    Age: 19
    Height: 6-foot-6
    Weight: 225 pounds
    Draft Range: 4 to 12

    Why: Compe or extraordinaire. He's a bulldog on defense; he can probably defend positions 1 thru 4. Strongly built and plays tough. Has a history of winning -- from high school into college his teams won ~50 straight games. Shows promise on offense: rugged finisher, good feel for the game, perimeter skills improved as his freshman season went along. Exhibited glimpses of playmaking ability. High-character reputation.

    Why Not: He's an all eye-test player. His stats underwhelm. Really low scoring rate for a perimeter NBA prospect. Rebounding rate is extremely low. He's a stout defender but he doesn't cause much havoc; rates of steals and blocks were underwhelming. Shooting is a big question mark: 28.6% on threes and 67.2% at the line. Stroke needs to be ironed out. Not much a ball-handler at this point in his development.

    Spurs Fit: The Spurs could go either way on him. If they want Okoro to work on his offense, they could send him to Austin and allow that part of his game to potentially blossom. If they just see him as a defensive specialist, he could be a starter early on.

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    Floor: The Centerpiece

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    Keith Bogans

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    He is the player that every teams need to guard other team star

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    If Okoro is good enough to be a defensive specialist, he should be with the big club. Work on his offensive game during the off-season have him shoot threes in the meantime. As far as his potential as a 1-4 defender, I think it'll depend on his wingspan. If he basically has Johnson's size, I don't see him defending fours at the NBA level. If it's like 7-0 or more, maybe. Even if he's strictly a small, there's nothing wrong with throwing another defender in that rotation and seeing who comes out of it.

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    If Okoro is good enough to be a defensive specialist, he should be with the big club. Work on his offensive game during the off-season have him shoot threes in the meantime. As far as his potential as a 1-4 defender, I think it'll depend on his wingspan. If he basically has Johnson's size, I don't see him defending fours at the NBA level. If it's like 7-0 or more, maybe. Even if he's strictly a small, there's nothing wrong with throwing another defender in that rotation and seeing who comes out of it.
    His wingspan is listed 6'9" and the eye test kind of matches that. Length is not his friend, but I wouldnt go as far as to say he cant guard 4s because of this. Like I said, he's a positional defender and if his core strength is as good as Chuck Hayes who is like a tree trunk that wont get moved out of position, then he should be okay.
    timvp His ball handling is actually pretty good compared to others.

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    Guarding 1-4 here. Strong and quick enough to stay in front of his man, Derrick White style.

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    He's like Robert Woodard with a high motor and less length and a lower 3pt%..

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    Are these heights now heights without shoes or in shoes?

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    Are these heights now heights without shoes or in shoes?
    6-6 is his alleged height in shoes, and 6-5 his alleged barefoot height.

    I don't believe either. I think he'll measure 6-5 in shoes, maybe under.

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    I've been waiting for this thread, as I'm an Auburn grad/fan.

    I'm no expert in assessing players, but I think Okoro is going to succeed in the NBA. He came to Auburn as a mid 4-star high school player with no expectation of being a one-and-done, but ended up blowing away everyone's expectations. His offense stats are mediocre, but keep in mind he joined a senior-laden team that was coming off a Final Four appearance. His initial role was to be a defensive specialist, but ended up expanding his role as the season progressed.

    Everything I've heard about his drive, maturity and character is positive. He'll be intriguing to the Spurs and any other organization that is concerned about building the right culture.

    The biggest red flag in his game is outside shooting. He can finish well around the rim, but that won't get him far enough in the NBA. If he shows modest improvement, he's a starter. If he shows significant improvement, I think he's a minor star. He'll get drafted by the first team that is confident enough that they can fix his shot.

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    I've been waiting for this thread, as I'm an Auburn grad/fan.

    I'm no expert in assessing players, but I think Okoro is going to succeed in the NBA. He came to Auburn as a mid 4-star high school player with no expectation of being a one-and-done, but ended up blowing away everyone's expectations. His offense stats are mediocre, but keep in mind he joined a senior-laden team that was coming off a Final Four appearance. His initial role was to be a defensive specialist, but ended up expanding his role as the season progressed.

    Everything I've heard about his drive, maturity and character is positive. He'll be intriguing to the Spurs and any other organization that is concerned about building the right culture.

    The biggest red flag in his game is outside shooting. He can finish well around the rim, but that won't get him far enough in the NBA. If he shows modest improvement, he's a starter. If he shows significant improvement, I think he's a minor star. He'll get drafted by the first team that is confident enough that they can fix his shot.
    It's background information such as "joining a senior-laden team that was coming off a Final Four appearance" that is commonly overlooked by most when assessing players. It's how people miss out on the Toppins in 2019 (if he had stayed in the draft) or the Keldon Johnsons who played with two other star recruits thereby lowering his actual production. Context matters. Don't just look at stats on the surface. Pay attention to these little details! Thanks for sharing, Stump.

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    The success rate of wings with his shooting numbers 3pt and FT is not good. Iguodala/Winslow got by with their point forward skills. Jaylen Brown is a mensa level genius with paul george like development curve. Luguentz Dort is a slightly better shooter than him in college and his bricking wide open shots, some of it is not even close.

    I think if a team draft's him in the lottery they are banking on his intangibles and touch inside. The other red flag is he's hesistant to shoot. Dejounte/Smart are bad shooters in college but takes them with confidence.

    He actually rebounded well in high school , weird that he had low rebound numbers in college even coaches don't know why.

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    i mean if his floor is a centerpiece, im down

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    The Spurs already have a similar player in Keldon Johnson, so I don't see them potentially drafting Okoro.

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    I'd prefer a 3/4 instead of a 2/3 (at least defensively) and he needs to be able to make 3's.

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    The Spurs already have a similar player in Keldon Johnson, so I don't see them potentially drafting Okoro.
    Certainly when I see Johnson, my immediate thought is, "Under no cir stances would I want two of him on my roster."

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    The man on the right is Nickeil Alexander Walker and the NBA site lists him at 6'5".

    Keep in mind he's wearing flip flops and that Isaac Okoro isn't standing completely straight.

    So maybe he is 6'6"?

    Either way, not very tall.

    objective

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    Has star potential due to strong finishing, versatile defense and secondary playmaking, but still 2-3 years for that shot to be fixed.

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    That’s if they can fix his shoot which I don’t know if he can he is one that has been in the top 10 for awhile that I do r think we should gamble on.

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    Is his shot MKG broken or Rondae Hollis broken?

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    The man on the right is Nickeil Alexander Walker and the NBA site lists him at 6'5".

    Keep in mind he's wearing flip flops and that Isaac Okoro isn't standing completely straight.

    So maybe he is 6'6"?

    Either way, not very tall.

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    Isnt thay Shai Gulgeous Alexander on the left?

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    Isnt thay Shai Gulgeous Alexander on the left?
    Oh you're right. My bad, everyone

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    That is SGA in the picture above lol

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    The man on the right is Nickeil Alexander Walker and the NBA site lists him at 6'5".

    Keep in mind he's wearing flip flops and that Isaac Okoro isn't standing completely straight.

    So maybe he is 6'6"?

    Either way, not very tall.

    objective
    I'm still skeptical of his height, but it is what it is. I doubt he'd even measure at the quaran-bine, he probably would have skipped the regular combine.

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