Texas Longhorns center Mo Bamba could catch some eyes in this upcoming NBA Draft, already drawing comparisons to some of the league’s best shot-blockers, namely Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
According to NBADraft.net analyst Jonathan Wasserman, the legitimate 7-footer possesses the size and a similar 7-foot-9 wingspan that would allow him to not only rack up blocks but also alter shots on defense, as Gobert often does with his spider-like presence in the paint.
Neither Gobert or Bamba are known for their offense, but the former has slowly developed into a proficient scorer, posting a career-high 14 points per game last season.
Bamba shot an efficient 75 percent in the paint during his freshman season at Texas, which will be harder to replicate at the NBA level, but his height and athleticism will make him an easy lob target like Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan, and Gobert, who are often skying for lobs.
Mo Bamba could be the next Rudy Gobert, per @NBADraftWass pic.twitter.com/Je9GC4bO8a
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Wasserman went as far as to say that it could be a matter of years before Bamba and Gobert are competing against each other for Defensive Player of the Year votes.
Gobert is rejecting 2.35 shots per game this season through 52 games, while Bamba was second in the nation with 3.7 blocks per game as a freshman, making him a talent to watch out for in June.