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31 - Georges Niang

Iowa St. 

  • Birthday: 6/17/93
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Methuen, MA
  • High School: Tilton
  • Team Site Profile
  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

85

2016
Mock:  60

NBA Comparison: Giorgos Printezis

Strengths: Niang is an incredibly skilled and versatile player with great basketball IQ and feel for the game ... His scoring efficiency jumps off the page. He shot 54% from the field last season, including 39% from 3 and 61% from 2. He seldom takes a bad shot, and he knows how to convert from all distances ... Has a strong frame and a decent array of post moves, which allows him to play the 4, but he also has a good shooting stroke (shot 39% from 3) that allows him to play outside and stretch the defense ... His excellent body control and strength allow him to both finesse and bulldoze his way to the rim despite his lack of speed ... Was a huge part of the offense at Iowa State and just manages to do a bunch of little things to keep the offense flowing. He's an outstanding passer for his size and he also sets screens which opens up the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop for him ... Fundamentally sound rebounder who is hard to push off the block ... Has the size and strength to hold his own defending NBA post players, but also is surprisingly competent as a perimeter defender ... Great FT shooter at 81% ... Uses a variety of ball fakes to score in the post, get past his defender, and shift the defense to create open looks for himself and for his teammates ... A hard worker and an excellent leader, Niang is everything a franchise could want from a mental/leadership standpoint ...

Weaknesses: A tweener, Niang lacks the quickness to guard and get past NBA 3's, and isn't long enough to overcome the size disadvantage he'll have against most NBA 4's ... 6-10 wingspan and 8-7 standing reach are very small for a power forward, and just average for a small forward ... Has a soft body that could use better muscle tone, 10% body fat ... Physically, Niang just isn't on the level of most more perimeter-oriented NBA players ... Has a severe lack of explosiveness that will make him easy to lock down on the perimeter ... Not a particularly great ball-handler ... Doesn't have the length or athleticism to be a consistent rebounder at the pro level ... Has good experience but also is an older player with not a lot of upside left to develop, turning 23 today, June 17th ...

Overall: Niang was a fascinating player at Iowa St. and he's now a fascinating prospect. He's immensely skilled but he's not a good athlete by any metric. He could find his role in a very specific style of offense, but at the same time, many teams are unlikely to even give him a look in the second round...

Notes: Measured 6'8 (in shoes) 236 lbs, with a 6'9 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy ... Measured 6’8’’ in shoes, with a 6’9’’ wingspan and 231 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ... 2-Time AP All-American and winner of Karl Malone award for best collegiate power forward ...

Jacob Stallard 6/17/16

March 14, 2012

May 19, 2011

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