By Hocine Loukkaf on 3/11/2021
With Ignite having ended their bubble run, it’s time to evaluate the performances of its potential draft picks.
Jalen Green 6-5 SG
17.9pts 4.1rbds 2.8as 1.5st 36% 3pt
Probably the highest riser of the bubble, Green has proven that he was more than a dunker as he displayed the ability to shoot from outside (36% 3pt) and even create for his teammates. He has not lost his spectacular appeal and looks like a surefire top 5 pick. He could still work on tightening his handles as he has the bad habit to exagerate his dribbles. He ended up in the best way with 30pts against Toronto 905 in the playoff game.
Jonathan Kuminga 6-7 SF
15.8pts 7.2rbds 2.7as 25% 3pt
The most impressive as Ignite started the bubble, Kuminga has disappointed after a few games. Despite his strong frame and athletic ability, Kuminga was unable to be dominant offensively mainly due to his inability to shoot consistently from outside (25% on five attempt). He also struggled defensively as he was overpowered by older players, above all inside and has a lot to learn in term of bball IQ. Although he didn’t finish the competition due to an injury, he still is an elite prospect, albeit rawer than expected.
Isaiah Todd 6-9 PF
12.3pts4.9rbds 0.7bl 36% 3pt
Todd came as a very underappreciated prospect in the bubble but left most of the experts surprised. Indeed, despite the lack of hype around him, he’s proved he could be a real stretch four even if he still has ways to go to be consistent. He also needs to bang more inside as he barely drew a FT per game. On defense, he needs to improve his IQ but was willing to hold his ow against seasoned vets. He may have earned first round pick in this bubble.
Daishen Nix 6-5 PG
8.8pts 5.3rbds 5.3as
A pretty complete PG, the former UCLA commit has been able to show why he was a special player but also has exposed his lack of shooting and maybe too much baby fat. Shooting a mediocre 18% from three, Nix also struggled finishing at the rim as he only had two games with 40+% from the field. Playing at the most difficult position, he needs to work on different things from his shooting to his handles and probably losing some weight to gain athleticism. Despite these flaws, his overall performance was pretty interesting. Enough to be drafted in the first round?