I was occupying myself on a non-gameday by perusing draft express and looking at some of the big men that might be available to us in the second round. I was browsing when I saw that Jarnell Stokes is projected to be drafted in our range. If we could get this kid, I would be thrilled. His game reminds me somewhat of Zach Randolph's.
In the few games I have watched him, he has impressed me with several things. One of them is his size. He is 6'9" and weighs nearly 270 lbs. Not to mention, he has a 7'1" wingspan to go along with that. For those of you who have never seen him play are probably thinking he is fat and slow. In reality, he is extremely strong and well built. He has both a very strong upper and lower body, which helps him battle down low. However, he has good mobility and athleticism for his large, bulky, imposing frame. His body allows him to be affective at setting picks that destroy guards. From what I have seen, he hasn't displayed much of a pnr game.
What probably is the strongest part of his game is his rebounding ability. He has shown to have a great motor on the offensive boards. He is averaging 10.3 rebounds (4.3 offensive) in 32 minutes of play a game. It is well known that rebounding is one of the best translated skills from college to the pros.
With his size and rebounding as the largest aspects in making him an intriguing NBA prospect, he has also shown some scoring ability in the low post, using his weight and strength to overpower smaller defenders. Getting to the ft line is something he is very good at (6.1 attempts), but only makes 66% of them. Stokes however, still lacks an arsenal of post moves and will need to polish that part of his game. Adding a more reliable jumper would improve his game immensely. Despite that, he remains efficient, shooting 52% from the field with a 25.9 per.
The thing I like most about Stokes is his potential. He is a junior in college, yet just turned twenty in January. His age allows him plenty of time to develop his full potential. He has shown promise by improving in every area of the game each year in college. I see him as potentially becoming a Zach Randolph type big man who uses their size and tenacity to score and get rebounds. If he could develop into a player that was even close to Z-Bo's production that would be great.
Like I said, I was bored on a day where the Wiz weren't up to much and thought I'd speculate on which players we could pick in the 2nd round and maybe, just maybe, could develop into our big man of the future. Please speculate in the comments section below.