D J C wrote:Anyone else super high on Alperen Sengun? He's one of my top realistic choices for the Chicago pick at the moment.
What he's doing at 18 years old in the third best league in the world outside of the NBA has been incredibly impressive.
Stats (rank in league):
19.3 PPG (2nd)
9.3 RPG (2nd)
1.6 BPG (2nd)
1.3 SPG (16th)
69% TS (1st)
64.5% EFG (1st)
80.6% FT on 6+ FTA/G
26.42 PER (1st / 2nd place coming in at 21.44)
A big knock on him has been his size. He measured in at 6'9 with a 7'1 wingspan at 17 y/o.. I think he comes in at 6'10+ at the combine and thats definitely enough size to play in the interior in the game today.
His athleticism has been questioned too, but watching tape its not really a concern right now. He's up to 240-lb already and carries the weight well. He's light on his feet, has a bit of bounce, more than guys like Hansborough and Kanter who I've seen him compared to.
Watching his tape vs Sweden in February you get a good glimpse of his overall game. You see the hustle on boards and on defense. He shows a few nice post moves. A few good passes, from out of the post and from the perimeter. There's a few good drives where he shows a solid handle and beats his guy to the rim. He even shows good form and hits a step back 3, which isnt in his consistent arsenal yet but if he expands his range out there it takes his game to the next level.
He's a guy i'd take a chance on, and outside of the consensus top 5 I think you can make the argument for him over anyone.
Yes, I think he's fantastic. I have him 8th overall on my big board.
He's going to win MVP of a *really good* Turkish Super League at 18 years old. Extreme production against top competition at a very young age. I'm certainly not saying he's Luka Doncic (he's not), but dominating a good European League as a teenager is something only Doncic has really done until Sengun.
Every team is geared up to stop him and they just aren't able to. He overpowers smaller defenders *and* out quicks bigger defenders. So he's winning multiple ways. And now as teams have resigned themselves to just sending double teams at him and he's been beating people with his passing and court vision. An 18 year old center averaging 2.5 APG on top of his scoring and rebounding? Oh yes.
The one thing he doesn't do right now is make threes, but he's almost 80% from the line. I don't think his shot is broken, it's just not developed out to 23 feet yet.
The glaring issue obviously is how do you get him on the floor? It appears he can only play center and the Magic already have 21 and 22 year-old former lotto pick centers on the roster.
Now if you think Sengun is going to better than WCJ and Bamba, then it's no real issue. You just pick him and trade those guys away or whatever.
But if you think he's comparable to WCJ, then how can you pick him? Because you can't play those guys together and everyone right now is understandably high on what WCJ has brought to the table thus far.