34 - Bobi Klintman

6-10, 225 Small Forward/Power Forward
Sweden International
Birthday
03/05/03 (21.1 yrs)
Hometown
Malmo, Sweden
High School
Sunrise Christian Academy
International Team
Cairns Taipans, NBL
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
8
Size
9
Defense
7
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
6
Ball Handling
NA
Potential
9
Passing
NA
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: John Collins/Christian Wood

Strengths: Klintman is a long, lean 6’10 225 PF prospect with the frame to put on muscle with ease and a physical profile that stood out at the college level … Reportedly grew 2 inches taller during his lone season at Wake Forest … Moves well and has very good body control and fluidity for a player his size; more smooth than explosive athletically … Budding perimeter skills makes him intriguing; was a promising floor spacer in Wake’s up tempo offense (around 37 3FG%) and has the ability to make shots with his feet set spotting up as a dribble drive valve or in the pick and pop game … Consistent shot mechanics and has enough size, touch and release quickness to stick jumpers against good contests … Has good hands, with the ability to grab passes that are either low or high and rebounds out of his catch radius (4.5 rpg in 20 mpg, 7 rpg in his last 11 ACC games) … Has enough length to alter shots effectively and had a few games with multiple blocked shots as a Fr … Currently seems more comfortable matching up with similarly sized frontcourt players but is at least willing to defend on the perimeter and could be more switchable as he gains experience given his agility and length … Runs the floor pretty well … Unselfish player who has a better feel for the game and passing acumen than his assist numbers as a Fr. indicated (0.8 apg) … Not bad ball-handling skills for a 6’10 player either; can make solid reads on the move, particularly in transition and has shown some upside initiating offense on his own after grabbing missed shots … Has some ‘Swiss Army knife’ tendencies that coaches will surely try to develop at the next level, could impact games in multiple ways as he gains experience … Settled into the college game more and played his best basketball down the stretch of the season; could just be scratching the surface of his ability … Somewhat new to the game and despite having played multiple years as a teen in his homeland of Sweden, only has 2 years of experience playing amateur basketball in the USA  …

Weaknesses: Needs to get much stronger to be able to compete with frontcourt players at the NBA level … Really struggled as a finisher in college (around 45 FG% inside the arc), and doesn’t show much ability to play through contact currently … Somewhat of a one gear athlete; not particularly fast, explosive or quick on his feet…Doesn’t get all the way to the rim much against set defenses and saw a higher number of his shots get stuffed at the rim at the college level than you’d like to see for a 6’10 player … Not a physical player; showed a lack of toughness and instincts defending college PFs/Cs and struggled to get on the court for much of his Fr. year because of it … No in-between game; adding a consistent floater/runner wouldn’t hurt … Strong post players could seal and establish deep positioning on him with relative ease this past season, often negating his length advantages … Had occasional success defending in space, but also tended to be heavy-footed when asked to defend smaller perimeter players off the bounce … Speed of the game overwhelmed him at times in college; often doesn’t process action very quickly defensively at the moment and gets caught out of position in the halfcourt quite a bit … Modest overall production in a very offense-friendly system (5 ppg on 40 FG% as a Fr.); will garner draft interest mostly on his perceived potential and translatable pro basketball traits … Work in progress, will require patience as a young prospect … Older than your typical Fr. prospect having already turned 20 years old, though his relative lack of experience makes this a bit less glaring …

Overall: Bobi Klintman is a Swedish-born player with an extensive soccer background before taking a liking to basketball as a teen … He later moved to America and joined the vaunted Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas featuring 2023 Draft prospects Gradey Dick and Mark Mitchell, where he established himself as a top 150 prospect in the 2022 HS Class … His work with the FIBA U20 Swedish team was also noteworthy, as he put up very strong production (16 ppg, 10 rpg and 5 apg) showing what he could do having the ball in his hands much more and being on a longer leash than he was afforded in HS or college hoops … He had a slow start to his career at Wake, going through growing pains as a Fr. before emerging during the 2nd half of the teams conference schedule as a key contributor … Its clear to see why he’s become a hot name a month away from the 2023 Draft; his size, length, floor spacing and fluid athleticism pop at the college level and he shows good upside in transition as an on-the-go rebounder and open court distributor uncommon for someone that’s 6’10 … He also showed that the idea of him is better than his current form, as he lacks a good bit of strength, toughness and nuance to certain parts of his game on both ends and needs much more experience to realize his potential … Not being able to put up strong production offensively and struggling to see the floor because of defensive struggles and speed of the game is worth note, even for a raw talent like Klintman, given the extreme nature of both the free-flowing offense and porous defense that Wake Forest has played with under Coach Steve Forbes … Still there is untapped potential with Klintman, and he could be someone who makes an impact down the line in a number of areas as he continues to grow, if his talent is harnessed correctly …

Jorrye Nixon 5/20/23

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