Serge Ibaka: NBA Draft Profile

June 5th, 2008

Serge Ibaka


Team:  C.B. L’Hospitalet

Birth Year:  1989

Position:  PF/C

Height:  6’10”

Weight:  220lbs


Accolades:  Congolese National Team, U-18 African Championships MVP (06).


Scouting Report:  A long, athletic, young African big man.


Strengths:  Tons of potential/upside – won’t turn 19-years-old until later this summer.  Incredible leaper – can jump out of the gym – reportedly has a vertical over 40 inches.  Great length – huge wingspan.  Terrific at blocking and altering shots.  Nice stroke on his jumper for a big man – even hits an occasional three-pointer.  Great rebounder – really crashes the glass, especially offensively.      


Weaknesses:  Very inexperienced.  Doesn’t even play in the top league in Spain.  Needs to get bigger and stronger for the pounding of the NBA.  Game is still very raw – needs lots of work.  Offensive game often consists of throwing a shot up and crashing the glass after it.  Horrible at drawing fouls – shot just over two free throws a game this year.    


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Early second round pick.


Consensus:  You don’t often get players with the potential of Ibaka in the second round.  He is far from ready for the NBA, but a few more years playing in Europe and he could become a good NBA pro.




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