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    Here you go Norrin I will post a thread to try to get some traction going as well.
    Not saying these players will be as good as these players (some may be better or worse or similar), but playing style is same.
    Victor Wembanyama- Kristaps Porzingis
    Scoot Henderson- Russell Westbrook
    Nick Smith- Jamal Crawford
    Amen Thompson- Shaun Livingston
    Anthony Black- Steve Smith
    GG Jackson- Josh Smith
    Brandon Miller- Danny Granger
    Ausur Thompson- Jason Richardson
    Baba Miller- Toni Kukoc
    Keyonte George- Bradley Beal
    Cam Whitmore- Jerry Stackhouse
    Grady Dick- Reggie Bullock
    Maxwell Lewis- Trey Murphy
    Kris Murray- Otto Porter
    Jarace Walker- John Collins

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    Good comparisions as always and some look like an excellent mid level comparision as well as the playing styles. Baba compared to Kukoc is an interesting one if Baba can have the intangibles and nice playmaking that Toni had he could be a very interesting prospect.

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  • #1258285
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    I especially like the Brandon Miller comparison here. I think he could be a plus Danny Granger. Looks like the usual suspects reply. Hahahaha…

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    Danny Granger was a very good player at his best, sadly his last few seasons were destroyed by injury and he was out of the NBA at 32 after being injury riddled from when he was 29.

    I’d forgotten he averaged 25.8ppg one year and 24ppg the next so at his peak was a team leading elite scorer. I never really saw Danny’s earlier NCAA years and only remember him in his senior year at New Mexico and him getting drafted but I can see the likeness in his game at that time to Brandon Miller’s.

    If Brandon could become a more sound version of Danny then he’ll have a very nice NBA career.

    With Wemby I always feel he runs the floor better than Porz but Porz is still he best comparision as I never really saw Sampson play and the only other one I like is a 7ft 4 ins version of KD.

    With Wemby would it be possible to go smallball against him given his size and mobility as he’d be eating up every rebound and getting up the court nearly as good as the smaller faster guys. The one tactic someone said that might work is Zion type players with a powerful lower centreof gravity backing into him and out musculing him. So any young Zion, Big Ben or Barkley types may be in demand!

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    Gradey Dick is going to be an interesting prospect, in part, because first-year eligible guys in that 6’7″-6’8″ shooter with iffy defensive bodafides category tend to go highly. Mario Hezonja didn’t play a ton at Barcelona, but had the marksman reputation who could do a little on his own. Kevin Knox has never been the shooter he was billed as coming out of Kentucky. Ziaire Williams went highly after a poor season at Stanford. Gradey has been better than those guys in their pre-draft season. I think a team that takes him will be hoping he ends up as their Cam Johnson, which I think he can.

    Scoot Henderson has not played a ton this season, but in the games with Metropolitans he gave off Ja Morant vibes. He seems thicker built, which is a good thing. Both are incredibly explosive and creative, but their perimeter shooting is not ideal at this point.

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    Scoot is built almost like a power athlete like a running back so with his explosiveness he’ll be hard to stop on offence and his solid core will help on defence where he can lean into players and unbalance them.

    Grady has great length for an SG so has the ability to slide across to 3 but I agree for someone of his length his defence isn’t as good as it should be. But teams will love his jump shot and his mismatch potential. Personally I’d like to see a bit more of him before commiting him to my top 10 but he should go within the lottery if he declares.

    Anyone else have strong thoughts one way or another about Rayan Rupert the French lad who has been playing for NZ Breakers. He didn’t do a huge amount for them but is an oversized PG with a 7ft 3ins wingspan so will have insane defensive potential. He is the sort of player a team in the mid to late top 10 might take a flyer on if he does a good workout, at the moment I think he is mid to late first round but has potential to go within the lottery especially if teams are jumpy at missing out on a top Euro prospect plus his family has good hoops pedigree.

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    • #1258336
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      I wouldn’t rule out Rupert moving up a bit in the draft. Only thing with him is that he didn’t play much. Harder to scout. He has the tools though and a younger prospect in the draft.

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    Rupert is 19 on my big board. I see him as a Nicolas Batum type player as he is long with a versatile skill set.

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    Rupert as a bit of a mystery guy could either fall or go fairly high. I still think a lot with him will hinge on workouts.

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    • #1258437
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      Rupert seems to be a high riser atm. Good call.

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    SF had Gonzaga against the ropes and then just couldn’t pull it off. I thought they had them.

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    This site seems to like Rayan Rupert it will be interesting to see where ESPN have him on their next mock too. France with Wemby, him and Risacher next year have a potentially very good young core for the Olympics and going forward. Plus there are several more French prospects lower down the next couple of mocks too.

    Also looking at 2024 draft Duke if their slated guys return and kick on plus their incoming crop next season might be right back in the mix as usual.

    Anyone see Jordan Walker getting an NBA shot he will be 24 nearly when the draft happens and is undersized but he looks to have an elite shooting range but wasn’t drafted last year and is probably in similar boat to Antoine Davis and Darius McGhee as undersized sharpshooters. But at worse they can have a nice overseas career.

    Anyone see any of the Purdue Bolilermakers getting drafted this year – Jaden Ivey went 5th this year and they have had more players drafted in the last few years after many years not having much recognition after Big Dog Glenn Robinson went 1st in 1994. I’d forgotten Glenn ended his career as a title winner with the Spurs having always associated hom with the Bucks.

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    • #1258453
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      I expect Jelly Walker to get a summer league invite. He’s too small to get drafted though.

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  • #1258442
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    Zach Edey could get drafted in the 2nd round this year.

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  • #1258451
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    Zach for a guy his size moves fairly well, I’ve been looking for some clips of him running the court but cannot really find many. He is a dominant rebounder and can change shots on defence due to his size. I liked his post moves and his height makes him an easy scoring option inside. Also his size means he can see more passing options than most if he receives the ball out wide or has to pass it back out of the paint on offence or defence.

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