2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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Walker Kessler: Auburn Sophomore Center 

Strengths: 

  • Imposing force as a rim protector, elite shot-blocking instincts, 7-foot-1-inch size, great rotator at the rim, impeccable timing, always keeps arms vertical, rim deterrence 
  • Can defend in the p&r due to length and athleticism, will jump out to harass handler and even block their jumper, great post defender who doesn’t allow inside position 
  • Finishes everything at the rim, thrives at catching lobs and slamming in the dunker spot, can score it in the post with solid footwork and touch, flashes a face-up jumper 
  • Great as a screener and roll man, knows how to set hard screens and slip out of them well, rolls to the rim with authority & intent, good hands with an enormous catch radius  
  • Monster on the offensive and defensive glass, excellent at boxing out on defense, uses frame well and has active hands for tips, putback king on the offensive boards 

Weaknesses: 

  • Not a threat to space the floor, is taking more threes as of late but still not proficient from long range, can’t be used in the pick and pop game, bad shooting form
  • Scoring game is reliant on others for the most part, post-game needs some more polish to translate well in the NBA, poor free-throw shooter, weak handle for size
  • Not a standout athlete especially not vertically, doesn’t matter at the college level because his size and length is enough but could be a factor against NBA competition
  • Can’t make good passing reads out of the short roll, limited court vision and accuracy, hurts value as a roll man since he won’t be able to capitalize on 4-3 advantages
  • Not a perfect defender, struggles to switch onto and keep up with quick guards, bites on shot fakes and fouls a lot when he does, means he won’t close out very well either
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