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With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele

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Mfiondu Kabengele was an underrated part of Leonard Hamilton’s group at Florida State this season. With the Seminoles being 10 or 11 deep, the sophomore only played around 22 minutes per game, but he really produced when he was on the floor. Kabengele averaged roughly 13 points and 6 rebounds across those ~22 minutes, to go along with 1.5 blocks. Combine that production with the fact that Kabengele was actually slightly more effective in ACC play, and you begin to see the intrigue NBA scouts have with the big man. His stock is only rising of late, with his 7’3 wingspan being among the longest of those measured at the 2019 NBA Draft combine last week.

Kabengele tested well athletically at the combine, with his max vertical of 35.5 being more than acceptable given his size, and his lane agility time of 11.21 seconds nearly pacing all of the big men who tested in Chicago last week. Only Grant Williams (Tennessee), Isaiah Roby (Nebraska), Luka Samanic (Croatia) and Darius Bazley (high school) put up faster times among power forwards and centers, with Kabengele beating out several wings in lane agility as well. These numbers aren’t necessarily all-telling, but Kabengele looks quick when he needs to be on film, especially on defense, so it’s good to see him back that up at the combine.

The combination of shooting, length and defensive versatility should propel Kabengele to a role in an NBA rotation sooner than later, with defensive minded play seemingly becoming a lost art in today’s three-point fiend game. A reasonably optimistic projection for Kabengele may be similar to what Adebayo did for Miami in 2018-2019, while his home run ceiling could resemble that of what Pascal Siakam was able to accomplish in his third season, after being merely a rotation weapon in the first two seasons of his career. Kabengele is (probably) a little too bulky at this stage to do a lot of the things Siakam can do once he puts the ball on the floor, but then again no one saw this type of 2018-2019 season coming from Siakam, either.

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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#32 » by madmaxmedia » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:24 pm

I never heard of or saw him before the draft, but he seems much better than his draft position? I feel it's a significant plus that he can already shoot.

He seems like a guy that might tear it up in Summer League, but take a little time to earn significant minutes in the regular season (which is absolutely fine.)
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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#33 » by Vae Victus » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:20 pm

His defense is raw and his instincts appear poor. Hopefully with time, he can be hammered into something resembling average. He's at least got physical tools going for him, with near ideal size, agility, strength, for the modern 5. Young Serge Ibaka comp seems pretty good, although Serge has really ratcheted up the physicality as he got older.

Offensively his black hole ness is a problem, but im sure he'll be wise enough to know to not be a ballhog until he establishes himself as a legit option. His poor screen setting is a bad sign, cuz bigs need to do alot of the little things to be a real impact player, if theyre not defensive or offensive monsters. Serge got benched in large part cuz his screen setting isnt great and he looks for his shot on the pop too much, thus not giving the ball handler enough room to get by the first man. Marc Gasol otoh is an elite screen setter and great roll man and was an integral part of the TOR's offensive flow.

If Kabengele turns into a Serge Ibaka/DeWayne Dedmon type of player, he'd not only be a mega steal for his slot, but will provide alot of impact to winning.
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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#34 » by madmaxmedia » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:11 pm

Vae Victus wrote:His defense is raw and his instincts appear poor. Hopefully with time, he can be hammered into something resembling average. He's at least got physical tools going for him, with near ideal size, agility, strength, for the modern 5. Young Serge Ibaka comp seems pretty good, although Serge has really ratcheted up the physicality as he got older.

Offensively his black hole ness is a problem, but im sure he'll be wise enough to know to not be a ballhog until he establishes himself as a legit option. His poor screen setting is a bad sign, cuz bigs need to do alot of the little things to be a real impact player, if theyre not defensive or offensive monsters. Serge got benched in large part cuz his screen setting isnt great and he looks for his shot on the pop too much, thus not giving the ball handler enough room to get by the first man. Marc Gasol otoh is an elite screen setter and great roll man and was an integral part of the TOR's offensive flow.

If Kabengele turns into a Serge Ibaka/DeWayne Dedmon type of player, he'd not only be a mega steal for his slot, but will provide alot of impact to winning.


Those are all great points. I guess I feel it's easier to teach a guy those things (but only if he's got the right attitude), than it is to teach him how to shoot. We're of course not getting NBA-ready guys at #28 anyway. :lol:

I also agree that while he obviously needs to work on offensive awareness, he'll know better than to ball hog- even on the Clipper practice court.
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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#36 » by TheNewEra » Tue Jul 9, 2019 3:18 pm

He will probably stay with the team all season and be on standby for injuries and load management
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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#37 » by esqtvd » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:46 am

we must assume they've both made the team



The L.A. Clippers have signed forward Mfiondu Kabengele and guard Terance Mann, it was announced by Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released.
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Post#39 » by madmaxmedia » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:00 pm

He looks raw and I wish he was really 6'10" (looks about 6'8" on the court), but not without potential with that 3-ball. If his work ethic is as advertised, he'll definitely be worth giving some time to develop (as opposed to say Brice who it looks like we literally gave up on early into his rookie season.)
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Re: With the 27th Pick, The Clippers Select Mfiondu Kabengele 

Post#40 » by esqtvd » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:31 pm

madmaxmedia wrote:He looks raw and I wish he was really 6'10" (looks about 6'8" on the court), but not without potential with that 3-ball.


I keep hearing Serge Ibaka as his ceiling. Which will do.
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