NBA Draft

Ismael Kamagate

Scouting Report

At 6-11, 230 pounds, Kamagate is a big man who plays a big man's game. He didn't take a single shot from the 3-point arc last year for his Paris team, averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds over 27.1 minutes while blocking 1.6 shots per game.
Understanding who you are as a player is a big step towards future success and at 21, Kamagate appears to have that part of the game figured out. Now it's a matter of seeing whether he can evolve just enough to be a good pro.
Strengths: Kamagate finishes with consistency around the rim, sinking 64.3 percent of his field goal tries. He's at his best in the pick-and-roll game and in transition, where he can show off his athletic skills and strength. Kamagate has been known to throw down some powerful dunks and can also control the lane on defense by snuffing out shots. Scouts like his motor and good hands, and he also works hard on moving without the ball to get open inside. He'll have a chance to make an NBA roster as a rookie, though, because of the promise of top rim protection. You can't teach height and Kamagate offers plenty of it.
Weaknesses: The team that drafts him - whether it's late first round or early second - needs to understand this isn't a finished product. He doesn't possess much of a face-up game and at 65.3 percent, could be a liability at the foul line late in the game. Some scouts are concerned that Kamagate is undisciplined on defense. A more pressing concern is a rebound rate of one every 4.3 minutes, not the best for a guy with his physical skills. But someone is going to take the chance and they might win.
--Field Level Media

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