Sekou Doumbouya

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Sekou Doumbouya

After three games in French Jeep Elite, Doumbouya is struggling a lot, averaging 3.7pts in 14min on 31% fg and 0/5 from three. Despite his potential, he still has too many weaknesses in term of pure skills and relies too much on an unefficient outside shot instead of grinding inside for easier baskets.

That may change during the year but I think that Doumbouya will be at least outside of the top 5 at the end of the day, let's wait and see.

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Think he might not enter the

Think he might not enter the draft if this is the case, many players has done this before like KP or Vesley (worked well for both) and Motiejūnas (not so well)

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I haven't seen that much of

I haven't seen that much of him apart from highlight reels but some of those did look impressive. He would be one of the younger players if he entered the 2019 draft as he doesn't turn 18 until near Christmas. I could see the logic of him waiting another year but the 2020 draft might be a bit deeper in his position IMO.

He's one of these Euro guys who we won't see in direct competition with the NCAA guys so where he will go in the draft is a bit of a wildcard. There was a time when teams were looking for the next Dirk amongst Euro guys but then we had Darko and more recently Vesley. But in more recent years - Giannis, Gobert have become stars and Doncic had a lot of hype this year so are Euro guys possibly back in vogue.

I'd say the likes of Zion would be a safer pick than Sekou but I could see a GM liking him and taking a flyer on him. I think 2nd might be a bit high for him on current mocks but I thinh he'll go top 5 whenever he declares.

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Some number of the young

Some number of the young freshman and first-time pro prospects are going to struggle to transition to their new level. Sekou is on a good team (former St. John's star Dwight Hardy, former Cav Samardo Samuels, former Virginia star London Perrantes, former St. Joe's/Philly summer leaguer Isaiah Miles, former Buck Damien Inglis, and former draft prospect Mouhammadou Jaiteh among them). He shouldn't be a star there nor be gifted big minutes, and the expectations should be set as such. It is early October, and one would hope that he is in a better spot come March and April. If it was not for the fact that he comes into this season with top 2, top 5, top 10 draft buzz, it would not be that big of a deal that a not quite 18 year old coming off a promising but not standout second division season (8.5 pts, sub 40 percent shooting, sub 30 percent from 3) is playing minimally and not especially well. Obviously, he has the physical traits that are going to make him endearing to scouts, but where he is at in his development matters. The concern could end up being similar to that of Mario Hezonja and Dragan Bender. If a guy is revealed to not merit many minutes in France, Spain, or Israel, then is it possible for a team picking in the top ten to put him in position to succeed?

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Excellent point by Both Teams

Excellent point by Both Teams Played Hard, if a player is worth that high a pick they should really be more dominant playing at a lower level. A lot is on upside as often the highest drafted players aren't the most prolific at their pre draft level and they will be playing with better players in the NBA.

Yet often we can see a guy putting up better numbers in his NBA rookie year than the previous year.

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I would not expect any

I would not expect any prospect on a team with the roster that surrounds Sekou to dominate. Part of what made Luka Doncic a unique prospect is that it is really only once in a generation that a guy his age can dominate to the extent he did. In most cases, a guy might be the most important, or best, prospect on a team, and have better or more important teammates to that particular team. I would be stunned if Bol Bol is Oregon's best player, but he is their best draft prospect. It is possible that is the case for Nassir Little at UNC. Last year, Jaren Jackson was far from dominant, far from Michigan State's best or most important player, but was their best prospect. My concern goes to if a coach at a lower level than the NBA can't trust or give minutes to a prospect, then how can a bad NBA team make it work with a guy? A good team can hide a guy. Toronto hid Bruno from sight. He didn't work out, but they sent him to the Developmental League, put in the effort and years, but it didn't pan out. Terrance Ferguson probably was not good enough to merit time with OKC, but they had enough there so that not much was made of it. A bad, rebuilding team cannot hide a top ten pick. While I think Phoenix should have sent Bender to its G-League team, it speaks to where teams are with high picks that they have not. Now, it is October 3rd. It is well within the realm of possibilities that after he gets a quarter to half of a season under his belt that things start to click for Sekou. Even then, however, his numbers will still probably be underwhelming for a projected top five pick.

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Draft prospects need time but

Draft prospects need time but if someone is a high lottery pick the fans want to see them play and perform. Plus if the team is struggling then coaches may not want to look long term as they may not be around when a player clicks.

The perfect situation is sometimes when a team like Boston or Philly got a falsely high draft pick, they have the depth so a player can be eased in or spend time in the G-League etc. Ironically a team which is so much about instant results - the Lakers did the perfect thing with Andrew Bynum. They said he wouldn't play much in his rookie year and had him away just working with Kareem to polish him into an NBA prospect.

I'm sure lots of teams would love to do that - give a young prospect over to a specialist coach and mentor and say make him NBA ready or to a level the other coaching staff can get him in rotation.

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the main problem

is that he's not efficient at all from outside (0/3 from three yesterday in Eurocup) yet plays like he's only a SF. His coach sometimes plays him at the four but he doesn"t show the will to battle inside. Maybe he has been hyped too early as a SF high pick prospect while if it hadn't been the case, he would have had to work on being more of a combo forward.

There is room for him to score if he works on it, let's wait and see

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Limoges forward Doumbouya out

Limoges forward Doumbouya out for Top 16.

Sekou will have hand surgery. The Top 16 phase runs through early February.

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