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OKC Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Thomas Bryant

OKC Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Thomas Bryant

Yet another big man Thomas Bryant represents yet another big man in this loaded center and point guard draft.

Although a big man with jaw dropping measurements has always moved the needle for most teams, when those assets aren’t directly producing results it can serve as a deterrent. In Thomas Bryant’s case he already has an NBA ready body, and he’s young. But, for him to be off so many boards and seemingly his inability to use those assets effectively makes him an undesirable prospect in my books.

This opens up the argument I’ve wondered about recently how would a player of Shaquille O’Neal’s ilk fare in the modern day NBA? And, Shaq is smart on top of being big. Still, I’m not sure he would be the same dominant presence today.

Specifics:

Height: 6′ 10″

Weight: 241 lbs

Wingspan: 7’6 ”

Position: Center

Age: 19 years, 9 months

Statline: 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks

College: Indiana (sophomore)

Home Town:Rochester, New York

Current rankings:

Please note, rankings come from versions as of time of writing. However, not all mock drafts provide second round ranks or updates. Due to this if rankings change after posting it’s likely due to updates and a shift in the rankings.

DraftExpress: 36th

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor: 51

CBS Sports: 34

Basketball Insiders:38

This is a perfect example of a player who pundits do’t have a consensus on. Though some earmark him to be selected i the second round still others don’t have him on their boards at all.

Skills:

Genetics offer his greatest assets as Draft Express pointed out.

A good deal of the intrigue surrounding Thomas Bryant as an NBA prospect is what he brings to the table in terms of physical tools. Standing nearly 6’11 with shoes, Bryant measured a…

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