Finally, we have the last duels on the NBA Draft 2015.
Here you can find about Porzingis vs. Lyles and about Okafor against Towns.
PF DUEL: Kristaps Porzingis vs. Trey Lyles
19 years old, 216 cm, 105 kg, Baloncesto Sevilla
2014/2015 ACB league/EuroCup stats:
10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg - 54 2P%, 37.9 3P%
One more international prospect can be the biggest surprise on this draft. Forget about NCAA and Chinese league, this is the serious statistics in the serious league.
He is not NBA ready at the moment because he has the lack of body strength, but on the case of Jonas Valanciunas we saw that could be solved if player is a gym rat.
Porzingis is a good offensive rebounder, but not so good rebounder overall. Without back to the basket game, he is not a real threat in the post but he can use some fadeaway shot from time to time.
He had some problems with fundamentals in the defense, he often forget to box out and Porzingis can easily fall into foul trouble, but all these things are possible to solve with hard work and ideal franchise situation.
Something that you can't teach is his combination of size, quickness and outside shooting that makes him so unique.
He is a great floor runner, and he can be used for lob passes because of his great athleticism. Porzingis would be an ideal fit for Detroit and Stan Van Gundy's system because he can spread the floor from the first day in NBA.
Best Fit: Detroit Pistons
NBA Comparison: Andrea Bargnani
19 years old, 208 cm, 107 kg, Kentucky
2014/2015 NCAA stats:
8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg - 53.6% 2P, 13.8% 3P
Lyles can be described as a modern power forward, solid in almost every aspect of the game, but not elite in any of them.
His biggest value is playmaking ability from the elbow, and he is the ideal fit for the triangle offense.
Excellent footwork and body control but not overly explosive. Good offensive rebounder, good finisher around the rim and he know his limits. He has a solid game in the post, but I'm not sure how will he translate it in the NBA against bigger and stronger players.
Lelys have a great body to play defense, but he is not so good defensive player and he should have rim protector behind him.
Best Fit: New York Knicks
NBA Comparison: Anthony Randolph
Fadeaway World Verdict: Lyles is more NBA ready at the moment. If you need asset right now to attack some result he is the right choice. But, I would rather take Porzingis. With all the questions around him, his upside is much bigger and he can turn around the franchise. Lyles looks like that his most significant upside could be a 3rd scoring option.
C Duel: Jahlil Okafor vs. Karl Towns
19 years (turns 20 in December), 211 cm, 123 kg, Duke Blue Devils
2014/15 college stats:
17.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.3 apg – 66.4% FG, 51% FT
It’s been a while since this polished and offensively skilled center entered NBA draft. Jahlil is way more heralded than Andrew Bynum in 2005, and you have to go back to at least 2002 to find some center with the fundamentals and game understanding of Okafor.
He is good enough to be 1st option in the offense in the future. Jahlil has something Hakeem-esque in his game. He already has a reliable hook shot, he can dribble, he can create on the low post, he can beat almost any opponent with his technique and footwork and he is also a decent shooter (for a center).
I can imagine him going coast to coast for the vicious slams in the NBA. Occasionally, Jahlil’s effortlessness while going for dunk or layup was insulting. You start thinking „Man, it’s not fair, he is too good for them“. He proved his value by leading the Blue Devils to their 5th championship ever.
In the final game, he was outplayed by Kaminsky, and yet when the game was on the line, Okafor hit some difficult shots, played gritty defense and sealed the game for Duke.
He has the mentality of a champion. Okafor is good enough to keep the hope alive that we will again watch dominant centers in the NBA.
He also has some weaknesses, like his average defense and lack of lateral quickness. When it comes to shooting free throws, Jahlil is in the same league as Shaq, Drummond, Howard and Deandre Jordan.
Best Fit: Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Comparison: Patrick Ewing or Al Jefferson
19 years (turns 20 in November), 213 cm, 112 kg, Kentucky Wildcats
2014/15 college stats:
10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg – 56,6% FG, 81,3% FT
Towns is the only one who can be selected first overall beside Okafor. The rumors are saying that he indeed will be the Timberwolves pick, partially because Okafor clearly stated that he wants to be a Laker.
Unlike Jahlil, Towns isn’t offensive juggernaut, but he has the potential to be the anchor of anybody’s defense in NBA.
He has terrific physical tools and size and he understands opponent’s sets which help him to do the right thing in defense, to correct his team’s flaws and protect the rim.
Towns has sweet shooting touch and can be a very good pick and pop option. Coach Calipari played him just 21 mpg, even though he was one of the best players in NCAA. That’s the reason why his numbers aren’t better and comparable to those of Okafor.
Towns is a sure thing for any team – you know that he brings on the table strong defense, hustle and some points on his sheer strength and agility. However, his inconsistency, foul-prone games and lack of desire to fight for every loose ball are arguments against his selection as the first pick.
Best Fit: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Comparison: Al Horford
Fadeaway World Verdict: Like I said, Towns is a sure thing and dependable prospect, but Okafor has the potential to become truly great and transcendental player, and that is why I choose him ahead of Towns.