In this latest instalment of draft profiles, I will be looking at Louis King.
College Team: Oregon (Freshman)
Height: 6’7" – 6’9" (Depending on which article you read.)
2018-19 Stats: Over 31 games in around 30min per game he averages 13.5pts, 5.5reb, 0.2blk, 0.9stl, 1.3ast at 43.5% FG, 39% 3P and 79% FT.
Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Rd – Mid 2nd Rd.
King is a strong and athletic player, which helps him play solidly at both ends of the court.
At the defensive end, King is a solid defender who can guard multiple positions along the perimeter. His length allows him to get reach-ins and cut off passing lanes, which disrupts opponents flow. When his team is defending, King is vocal, which helps with switches.
At the offensive end, King is able to score in a diverse range of ways. He is able to attack the lane, take contact and finish (often with athletic dunks), or he is able to shoot it from beyond the arc. Because of his size and strength, King is able to create space for himself to shoot. He has decent ball handling when moving with the ball.
King projects to be a combo forward in the NBA, one with definite 3 & D potential.
King doesn’t have any real huge ‘red flag’ type weaknesses, but there are areas that he will need to work on to be effective at the pro level.
His rebounding is okay for his size, but not great. King will definitely have to work on that aspect of his game if he is to make an impact in the NBA and get consistent court time. His assist rate is okay, but not great either, and he will for sure need to work on that, especially if opponents collapse on him when he drives the lane. When he does drive the lane, and take contact King isn’t picking up as many fouls on opponents as he should. When King relies too much on his athleticism, and forces the flow of offence, he can be a bit turnover prone. Also on the offensive end, King has shown his ability to shoot and score well, but at times can make bad shot selection decisions, he also needs to take more mid-range shots when available instead of driving to the basket every time he doesn’t shoot it from deep.
King had a solid NCAA tournament, especially at the offensive end, however while his defensive effort was there it doesn’t show in the stats with King only racking up 1 steal and no blocks at all, in three games.
Game 1: 17pts, 4 reb, 1stl, 0blks, 0ast – with 3 from 3 beyond the arc.
Game 2: 16 pts, 4 reb, 0stl, 0blks, 1ast – with 4 from 7 beyond the arc.
Game 3: 16pts, 4reb, 0stl, 0blks, 0ast. – with 4 from 8 beyond the arc.
For a tournament average of – 16pts, 4 red, 0.3stl, 0blks, 0.3ast – with 11 from 18 beyond the arc which equates to approx. 61%.
NBA Player Comparison: Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, a much better Jeff Green,
Fit with the Spurs:
The Spurs desperately need more shooters from deep, especially those that can play an all-round inside-out offensive game. King provides that and could do so in both the 3 and 4 spots. At the defensive end King is not a net loss, and has the skills, strength and athleticism to become an above average defender at the pro level – which also meets another need for the Spurs. King is an intriguing prospect who may end up being picked in the late 1st Round of the draft. He may get picked before the Spurs 29th spot, but shouldn’t be taken higher than the early 20’s. He could replicate much of what Gay brings to the team and could be a solid replacement for Rudy. King would be able to develop a more well-rounded game under Pop n Co.
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