4. Marquese Chriss, Washington
A freak athlete who has only been playing competitive basketball for a few years, Marquese Chriss is an extremely raw player who may not be ready to take on a full role at the NBA level, but his upside is incredibly exciting.
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While his skills are extremely raw, Chriss was more productive than ever could have been expected as a freshman at the University of Washington last season. Chriss averaged 22.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per 40 minutes last season, showing an impressive array of skills on the court.
He is a strong finisher around the basket, showing the innate ability to dunk powerfully from impressive distances away from the basket. He also showed a nice ability to create his own shot off of the dribble, consistently driving to the hoop for an easy bucket when needed.
Perhaps most importantly, Chriss showed the ability to hit the three-point shot. He is far from a perfect outside shooter, but Chriss’ 35% three-point shooting is a solid number that shows he can consistently hit the shot.
In today’s NBA where stretching the floor and spacing is more important than ever before, Chriss’ ability to hit the three is incredibly important.
A 6-foot-10 power forward with an over 7-foot wingspan and great speed and athleticism, Chriss can also defend a variety of positions. With switching on to guards becoming more and more important in the NBA, Chriss’ defensive prowess is another reason he needs to be on the radar.
A big and athletic forward who can defend, create his own shoot and hit the outside shot, Chriss is a perfect power forward in today’s NBA. What’s not to love?
He is undoubtedly a player who the Kings need to have their eyes on when they go on the clock at number eight.
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