1. Chet Holmgren, Big, Gonzaga
At 7-feet and just 195 pounds, Holmgren looks like he could get knocked over by a stiff breeze. And there are legitimate concerns about his lack of strength will affect his elite finishing and rim protection at the next level. But worrying about his weaknesses or how he’ll defend Joel Embiid in the post is missing the forest for the trees.
Holmgren is a 7-footer who handles the ball like a guard, can go end-to-end with both shake and burst, finish for himself and make a number of high-level reads and passes. Oh, and he also blocked 12.6 percent of opponents’ shots while he was on the floor. Oh, and he also shot 41.2 percent on more than 5.0 3-point attempts per game. Oh, and he also shot 73.4 percent inside the arc and averaged 14.2 rebounds per game. Oh, and he also can do this. And this.
Holmgren is not Shawn Bradley with a jumper. His look is unconventional but he’s as skilled as any big man in this class and his size and mobility will be more than enough to overcome whatever challenges his lack of strength presents.
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