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Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
6’9”, 234 lbs. PF from Memphis.

Averaged 16/11 as a Freshman.

Perhaps the most athletic player in this draft. 7’2” wingspan. 9’ standing reach. Fast and explosive. Excellent individual and team defender. He shot well from 3 but took very few per game so it’s hard to say if we can take anything from that.

Can likely play small ball 5 a good bit and did that at Memphis.

Has one of the highest upsides of any player in this draft.

The problem would be...is he just too redundant with Zion? Can those two play together?

If he’s the best player, or the most talented, do you not stray from picking the best player even if he is redundant with your star?


Pedro
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
If I’m a guy and my parents name me precious I’m coming out the womb swinging


supe12sta12z
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
Only big man in this draft I’d even consider in our range is Jalen Smith. He can actually play with both Williamson and Hayes.
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saintsfan22
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
His brothers are God'sgift, God'swill, and Promise. His sisters got tame Grace and Peace. Honestly, once you get the theme it's kinda nice. However, once I became a high level basketball player and was no longer bigger than anybody that wanted to make fun of my name I probably would've chosen a nickname.


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PTinBR
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
If he’s truly the best athlete in the draft and he’s there at 13, you take him. 6’9” is big enough to play C in today’s NBA. And besides, basketball is basically positionless right? This sounds like the type of guy who thrives with that kind of game.


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CP3forMVP
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
I like him, but more at like 16-18 rather than 13.


supe12sta12z
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
He’s turning 21 by draft time. Don’t like him. I prefer Paul Reed who would cost a lot less with just as much upside if not more.


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kadillak
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
Agreed. Would rather just get Reed or Tyler Bey later.


Lester Earl
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
He’s almost a full year older than Zion


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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
Zion came out as a Freshman. There are multiple guys we could draft that could be older. It’s only been a year.

This isn’t a Buddy Hield/Jamal Murray situation in terms of age.


Epic Cajun
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
I’d much prefer a wing or guard, but if the team feels like he’s the best player available, then go for it.

An athletic defensive big could definitely be useful.


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Sammobile
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
Interesting player for sure. He played more on the perimeter in high school and has a decent handle. The most important thing for him as a small big is that he can defend his position very well and on the other end go at his man from the outside.


southsidedell
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
That being said....im not calling no grown man Precious.


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PTinBR
Member since Mar 2017
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
I know nothing about the guy, but just read the write up on him, I find myself wondering if he could transition to SF. I know it’s the exception and not the rule, but Jimmy Butler did it from college to the NBA.


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NOFOX
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
quote:

Zion came out as a Freshman.


So did Precious. It’s not like he’s a senior. He had one truncated year in NCAA and is about to turn 21. So he’s raw and needs to work on his IQ/game feel, but is older.


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bugafor6
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
I really like Bey as a switchable defender who will eventually be a really solid 3 and D guy. He’s going to get picked in the late first tho. Definitely not worth the 13th pick and no way we get him in the second. Reed would be an excellent second round pick if he falls that far


NOFOX
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
quote:

really like Bey as a switchable defender who will eventually be a really solid 3 and D guy.


I don’t think he is nearly as switchable or as good of a defender as some mock drafts declare him to be and his perimeter shot may not translate. His shot is slow and Most attempts were right at the line. I don’t think he’s as 3&D ready as he’s labeled. I think he’s more of a stretchish 4 who can guard some, not all wings.


CP3forMVP
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
I want to bump this thread because of a thought I’ve been having about Achiuwa while watching Bam Adebayo in these playoffs. I want to start by saying Achiuwa is NOWHERE near Bam, but I see some comparisons.

Start with their size. Bam was 6’10” 242 lbs with a 7’3” wingspan. Achiuwa is reportedly 6’9” 225 with a 7’2” wingspan. If they have some sort of combine this year I would love to know how accurate those measurements are.

Both are incredibly strong, and incredibly athletic. Both move well in space. More on that later for Achiuwa.

Achiuwa, like Bam, has a really intriguing skill set for his size and position. He’s a guy that showed the ability to put the ball on the floor from anywhere on the court, he can grab and go in transition, etc. Just an overall really nice ability to put the ball on the floor.

I think the biggest area he lacks that Bam does not is the decision making and awareness. He’s not nearly the passer Bam is. But, I think he flashed some potential there. He made some really good reads last season at Memphis, but he’s not all that accurate of a passer. This is where his inexperience comes into play, last season was his first time ever playing the 4/5, and I think he’s someone that’s going to improve the more reps he get. Defensively as well, going back to the moving well in space thing, he has the ability to defend on the perimeter, potential to be highly switchable, but he needs to be well coached and sure up some things like footwork, overall technique. His potential is very high.

And he’s already a good rebounder and shot blocker, pulling down 11 boards and blocking 2 shots a game.


DLBalla
Member since Jul 2018
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re: Draft Prospect: Precious Achiuwa
He's intriguing for sure. But can you spend another key draft pick on such a similar player as Hayes? Two highly drafted 19,20 y/o Centers, needing development time.

Would be ideal if we get a higher pick from GS/ATL//NYK in a Jrue or Ball trade, to draft a high level guard or wing. Then be able to use #13 as an extra bonus pick to take a big like PA.


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