17 - Isaac Bonga

6-9, 200 Small Forward
Germany International
11/08/99 (23.9 yrs)
Neuwied, Germany
International Team
Fraport Frankfurt
Team Site Profile
BBL Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Compasiron: Kyle Anderson

Strengths: All around player who fills up the stat sheet … Great size and length (wingspan measured at almost 7 feet) for a perimeter player, either as a point forward or a combo forward … Has really long strides and covers a lot of ground … Solid athlete … He has a natural thin but athletic frame … Plays within the system … Good teammate … Good ball handler with either hand … Versatile player who can play from point guard to small forward … Fits perfectly in the era of “switch everything”… Great court vision, has the ability to see the floor and find a cutting teammate … Can already pass with either hand and make an occasionally bullet pass… Excels on the open floor and has the ability to pass on the move… Has nice Pick and Roll skills and has shown promish as the ball handler in these situations … Can make difficult passes thanks to his length and baskeball I.Q. … Despite his lack of explosiveness is able to get past his opponent with his long strides … Can attack closeouts and go to the basket, having the ability to penetrate from both sides … Although he is right hander he is very good when driving and finishing to his left … Can finish at the rim with either hand … Very good free throw shooter (shot almost 90% in 2017/18 season) … Has a nice combination of floaters and fall away layups in his repertoire … Very good defensive rebounder … Attacks the boards on offense when he finds the chance, adding pressure to his opponent … Has all the necessary tools to become a great defender… When he is concentrated and bends knees can be a good defender … Above average lateral quickness for a wing … Makes a lot of steals thanks to his length and ability to fill the passing lanes … He is an advanced help defender…

Weaknesses: His frame is just too thin for now … He really needs to bulk up … He already gets pushed around by stronger opponents… He is a good but not an elite athlete … Not a great leaper … He lacks explosiveness … He has an average fist step… Turnover prone… Assist/turnover ratio is bad (almost 1/1) … Too wild at times, tries to do too much too fast … He hasn’t learned to let game come to him … Doesn’t have the confidence to take over games yet … There are times he looks like he plays too passively … Avoids contact on both ends of the floor … He still needs to improve his ball handling, especially if he wants to play as a point guard … Dribbles too high at times … Has problems when his gets pressured by smaller guards… Shooting mechanics are improving, but his shooting release remains slow … He is not a threat from the perimeter, takes time to get his shot off and has a very choppy release, which limits his game … He must improve his pull-up game… His lack of confidence on his shooting can lead to wrong decisions … Avoids going all the way to the paint when driving to the basket and prefers to finish plays with floaters … Has problems finishing against contact … He must improve his post-up game so that he can take advantage of missmatches … At times he is to keen to pass the ball, which can lead to bad turnovers … He doesn’t always bend his knees on defense and his opponent gets past him easily … Has problems defending explosive guards … He either overcommits or isn’t as decisive as he should be as a help defender … May be too slow to ultimately play on the perimeter in NBA …

Isaac Bonga is a tantilizing prospect due to his length and ball skills … At the moment he looks more like a point forward than a full time point guard at NBA level … His length, versatility on both ends of the floor, basketball I.Q. and playmaking ability make him really intriguing … The key for him will be to bulk up and improve his shooting ability … If he manages to do both, he can become a very good player in the furure …

Notes: Born in Germany, but his parents are originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo … At first he played streetball before deciding to play basketball … Has been a member of the German junior national teams and has already participated in a few games with the senior team … Participated at the 2017 adidas Eurocamp …

Stefanos Makris 6/14/18

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