Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pistons check out Adetokunbo
By Nick Borges
The Detroit Pistons own two selections in the second round of the 2013 draft and Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press mentions Giannis Adetokunbo, an 18-year-old 6-10 Greek player, as a prospect that might intrigue the NBA team. Some scouting services have Adetokunbo as a late first round to early second round pick. According to Ellis, Pistons assistant general manager George David scouted him this past weekend.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford knows about Adetokunbo and provides a scouting report.
Chad FordAdetokunbo a draft gamble worth taking
"Adetokunbo is this year's international man of mystery. Remember how Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Pavel Podkolzine dazzled in workouts but couldn't really play in a 5-on-5 game? That's where we are at with Adetokunbo. He is playing in a lower Greek league against talent NBA international scouts have dubbed NCAA Division III level. However, the physical tools are intriguing -- especially in the workouts he's done for NBA personnel. He's a rangy point forward who handles the ball, passes out of the high post and plays in a manner that had at least one GM utter the name of Scottie Pippen. With so few players in the draft having major upside, a number of GMs and scouts in Portland told me that they thought he was worth a second-round pick at the very least and could possibly be worth a pick in the 20s. However, the red flags are everywhere. Every scout I spoke with said Adetokunbo is not even ready for the D-League, let alone the NBA. He's going to need several more years in Europe to develop. He also is painfully thin, isn't a great shooter and has passport issues that prohibit him from playing in the top Greek leagues, never mind the United States (this explained why he wasn't at the Hoop Summit). 'It's a gamble,' one NBA GM said. 'In a lot of drafts, you don't make it. In this one, I'm not sure why you wouldn't. There isn't a lot to lose.'"