NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Watch: Bam Adebayo

Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports /
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What The Experts Say

(As of 4/12/17)

Draft Express (Jonathan Givony): 32nd

ESPN (Chad Ford): 19th

CBS (Howard Megdal): 58th

Sporting News (Sam Vecenie): 20th

The Step Back (Trevor Magnotti and Chris Stone): 30th


Sam Vecenie of Sporting News was impressed by the impact Adebayo managed to have defensively during his time in college.

"“Defense is one of those difficult things to measure. However, Adebayo’s impact on Kentucky’s defense due to his ability to protect the rim, switch on the perimeter and cut off guard penetration played a major impact in cultivating a top-10 defense, especially when considering the Wildcats had no other truly defensively-capable bigs.”"

Chad Ford of ESPN projected Adebayo to fall to the Bucks in his latest Mock Draft, explaining the fit by saying:

"“‘Bam’ played much better over the last month of the college season. When he plays with toughness as a rebounder and finisher at the rim, he looks the part of a lottery pick. The Bucks could use that toughness in the paint to balance all the skilled perimeter players they employ.”"