MemphisX wrote:Whole Truth wrote:Okoro's defense has impacted Auburn to a 7-0 start. He's putting up 13/4/2 on 60% from the field.
However through 7 he's shooting 21% from 3, 54% from the FT line.
I watch this both good & bad in thinking it would hurt his draft stock to where he might be more available to trade ...
I love Okoro. My favorite guy in this draft esepcially for the Grizzlies. Grizz need a guy who is physically opposing and with Luka in our division, someone that has some hope of defending him lol. I think Okoro will eventually be able to shoot, the question is will he be able to do anything off the dribble. Would be hard to have both BC and Okoro not being able to create much off the dribble (although BC did it tonight vs. Utah ).
Long ways to go...
Yeah, I'm hoping Memphis can find a way to trade in for Okoro. Maybe/hopefully, Jazz 7-15 owed pick comes into play with how they have been playing. I doubt he goes top 6 with his questionable shooting, though some mock drafts already have him top 10 & you never know. (MKG went 2nd under the same presumption of hope).
As much as I like him for Memphis, I don't think he could be justified top 6 without significant improvement from range/FT line. His 54% FT shooting is worrisome, discouraging, to say the least.
At just 18, he's a strong 6'6" 225, who can guard 1-3 & some small ball 4. Defensively, he's got the length, speed, mobility, athleticism, strength, motor & willingness that could make him a potential 1st team defender.. if only, he can prove himself not to be an offensive/spacing liability.
Speaking of which, Josh Jackson has me intrigued. His main issue with the Suns was the fact he couldn't space the floor. Suns needed better spacing & he shot under 30%, which led to his negative worth. The fact he's shooting 54% from 3 in the g League has me eager to see if its a tangible/transferable improvement to his main weakness. I assume the distance is the same. What's encouraging is that his 50+%, is not off a reserved amount of attempts. He's taking 4-5 3's a game. If his shooting translates, he could be a potential point forward for Memphis in combination with improving the perimeter defense.