Usman Garuba

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: PFFROM: SpainHT: 6-8WT: 230
BORN: 3/09/02YEAR: 02WING: 7-2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Usman is a powerful, mobile and graceful athlete who has awesome length with a +6 wingspan and a nice NBA frame.

He’s a high energy guy (think Kenneth Fareid) who runs the floor hard, sets good screens and brings a lot of energy on defense. He’s a smart defender who knows when to leave his feet and how to play with proper position. He plays with good awareness and is a good help defender and weak-side shot blocker.

His current offensive game is mostly dunks, layups and back to the basket moves but he shows promise of a mid range and outside shot.

He does a good job in the pick and roll and cuts hard to the basket, using his brute power, strength and agility to get to the basket. His length is a big factor in the lane, making him a dangerous offensive rebounder.

The rest of his offensive game is young but he shows flashes of ball handling, passing and perimeter shooting.

Garuba is a likely lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and should be able to contribute early in his career.


Comparisons

  • Al Horford
  • a very wealthy man’s Kenneth Faried

Draft Projection

lottery pick, possibly top 5 in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Power Forwards

  1. Usman Garuba – 6-9 – Madrid, Spain
  2. Amar Sylla – 6-10 – Senegal
  3. Greg Brown III – 6-9 – Texas
  4. Roko Prkacin – 6-8 – Croatia
  5. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 6-9 – Villanova 
  6. Isaiah Todd – 6-10 – G League
  7. Makur Maker – 7-0 – Howard (Australia)
  8. Dawson Garcia – 6-11 – Marquette
  9. Isaiah Jackson – 6-9 – Kentucky
  10. Matthew Hurt – 6-9 – Duke
  11. Jaemyn Brakefield – 6-8 – Duke
  12. Azuolas Tubelis – 6-9 – Arizona (Lithuania)
  13. Keion Brooks – 6-8 – Kentucky
  14. Trayce Jackson-Davis – 6-9 – Indiana
  15. Yves Pons – 6-6 – Tennessee (France)
  16. Isaiah Mobley – 6-10 – USC
  17. Anton Watson – 6-9 – Gonzaga