Usman Garuba - NBA Draft Room

Usman Garuba


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 to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and should be able to contribute early in his career.


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

Draft Projection

lottery to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft


2021 Power Forwards

  1. Usman Garuba – 6-9 – Madrid, Spain
  2. Kai Jones – 6-10 – Texas (Bahamas)
  3. Isaiah Jackson – 6-9 – Kentucky
  4. J.T. Thor – 6-9 – Auburn
  5. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 6-9 – Villanova 
  6. Isaiah Todd – 6-10 – G League
  7. Amar Sylla – 6-10 – Senegal
  8. Feron Hunt – 6-8 – SMU
  9. Greg Brown III – 6-9 – Texas
  10. Matthew Hurt – 6-9 – Duke
  11. Yves Pons – 6-6 – Tennessee (France)
  12. Justin Champagnie – 6-6 – Pittsburgh
  13. Oscar da Silva – 6-9 – Stanford