Atlanta Hawks, Grant Williams (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
25. Portland Trailblazers
Grant Williams: Forward – Tennessee
Height:6’8 Weight:240 Age:20.5
Wingspan:6’10 Standing Reach:8’9
The Portland Trailblazers should continue to add skilled front court players, who can play with star guards Damion Lillard and C.J. McCollum in various lineups. Grant Williams would give Portland a defensive presence at the power forward position. The junior forward improved his scoring, rebounding and assists numbers, every year of his NCAA career. The two time SEC Men’s Player of the year is not great at anything besides defense, but he is good enough as a rebounder, shooter and passer, to be an effective NBA role player. He has even been compared to Draymond Green, as an undersized defensive power forward.
AIR Highlights provides us with their top ten plays of Grant Williams’ season, compliments of their YouTube channel:
2018 Stats: Pts:18.8 REB:7.5 APG:3.2 STL:1.1 BLK:1.5 FG%:56 4 2P%:59.3 3P%:32.6 FT%:81.9
26. Cleveland Cavaliers
Bruno Fernando: Center – Maryland
Height:6’10 Weight:237 Age:20.9
Wingspan:7’3 Standing Reach:9’2
The Cleveland Cavaliers use their second selection in the 2019 Atl All Day Mock Draft, to add more depth to the front court and secure an heir apparent to Tristan Thompson. Bruno Fernando is an offensive minded, multi skilled big man. He is also very explosive and gifted physically. Bruno is a Strong, aggressive center with good hops, who is able to catch and finish lobs in traffic. He has improved tremendously as a passer, but still has more improving to do in that area, as he turns the ball over far too often. He also needs to improve his defensive awareness and cut down on fouls. Bruno isn’t known for stretching the floor, but he is an excellent free throw shooter and makes an occasional three pointer, showing the potential to improve as a shooter with proper coaching.
Jeremy Woo of SI.com has Bruno Fernando projected to the Golden State Warriors at pick number 28 and offers this summary of his pro prospects:
"Fernando will be a solid depth piece for someone’s frontcourt, and his motor and physicality are clear strengths at this stage of his development. He’ll need to become a more consistent shooter and shot-blocker to maximize his ability, but of the centers in this range, his body and athletic readiness stands out."
2018 Stats: Pts:13.6 REB:10.6 APG:2.0 STL:0.6 BLK:1.9 FG%:60.7 2P%:61.8 3P%:30.0 FT%:77.9
27. Brooklyn Nets
Mfiondu Kabengele: Center – Florida State
Height:6’10 Weight:256 Age:21.9
Wingspan:7’3 Standing Reach:9’2
The Brooklyn Nets found a hidden gem when they selected Jarret Allen with pick number 22 in the 2017 NBA Draft. Allen has played very well as a rebounder and a rim protector, but the one thing he doesn’t offer is the ability to stretch the floor. Armed with several talented perimeter players, the Nets would be wise to add a floor stretching center that also protects the rim. Mfiondu Kabengele who is the nephew of Atlanta Hawks legend Dekembe Mutombo, offers exactly what the Nets need. He moves very well for a man his size and is a solid rebounder. Kyle Boone of CBS Sports is projecting Kabengele to be drafted number 29, in his post combine mock draft and offered the following remarks:
"Kabengele is an impressive floor-spacing big man who last season at Florida State averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds while making 36.9% of his 3-pointers. (As a freshman he made 38.5%). He’s still growing into what he’ll ultimately become but his stock is on the rise as he continues to get better each year."
ESPN’s compared Mfiondu Kabengele to Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. in the tweet below: