No participant on this yr’s NBA draft class has a greater variety of outcomes than Jonathan Kuminga.
The 18-year-old Congolese ahead is about as uncooked a prospect as there’s this yr. He has all of the bodily instruments to be an elite-level participant, however he does not actually have sufficient refined expertise to be something near a positive factor. That is what makes Kuminga so perplexing as a projected high-end lottery choose and definitely why the Toronto Raptors, who’ve labored out the G League Ignite prospect, are maintaining tabs on him.
At 6-foot-8, 210-pounds, Kuminga is already a full-grown man. He is bodily gifted like few others and he is drawn high-end comparisons to gamers like Jaylen Brown and Danny Granger. However trying each at his stats and his tape there’s loads of room for enchancment.
In 13 G League video games this season, Kuminga shot simply 38.7% with 24.6% three-point taking pictures and there are questions on his effort on the defensive finish.
“There’s additionally some thought that his improvement might have plateaued to an extent, and questions stay about his general really feel on each ends,” Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo wrote. “Kuminga is prone to require endurance, and there’s a bit extra threat in-built with him than different high prospects, but it surely’ll be exhausting to go away him on the board for too lengthy on draft evening.”
It definitely is sensible that the Raptors are looking at a high-upside prospect like Kuminga. On the very least, Kuminga is the type of participant that must be hoping a secure group like Toronto selects him. The Raptors have a prolonged observe document of creating probably the most out of prospects like Kuminga. That being stated, a participant with defensive effort query marks who is perhaps a number of years away from being a difference-maker possible is not the path the Raptors wish to go along with the No. 4 choose.