Draft 2K8 - Danilo Gallinari
Hometown: Sant'Angelo, Italy
Professional: Armani Jeans, Milano (Italian League)
Position: Small Forward
Gallinari is the biggest enigma in the lottery because the only people that have seen him frequently work on NBA basketball operations staffs. But by all accounts, Gallinari is an exciting all-around talent. He's 6-9, but is a wonderful passer (a point guard in a big body) and could play multiple positions in the league. He possesses a highly advanced understanding of the game, and is very solid fundamentally. Danilo has nice shooting touch, but can also slash to the basket effectively. Like Marko Jaric, he has great basketball pedigree (Gallinari's father was a European star), and he's been starring at the highest level of international basketball despite his youth. Also, he plays for Armani Jeans in Milan, which is cool.
His board work has been questioned, and he isn't as explosive as other athletes in the draft, even though his athleticism is impressive. His lateral quickness and transition speed isn't elite, and he could struggle defending some NBA forwards. Gallinari's rebounding isn't a particular strength either. How would he fit in the isolation game?
Gallinari understands the game well enough and has a wide enough skill set to truly fit into any NBA team. In Minnesota, he'd automatically become one of the team's best passing big men, something that could help Al Jefferson get the ball in better places on the floor. The Wolves struggled to get to the free throw line last season (and in several seasons before last), but one of Gallinari's biggest strengths is his ability to get to the hole. The Wolves have several talented young athletes that might be made better by a savvy player with a high hoops IQ like Gallinari, and don't have a player on the current roster that plays much like him.
Sludge's take on DANILO GALLINARI
Chad Ford's Top 100
"Many in Italy feel he's a better long-term prospect than Andrea Bargnani. Right now his game is more suited for Europe, but the Toni Kukoc comparisons are inevitable."
"He is considered the most talented player in Italy and the next rising European star who will leave his mark on the NBA."
"Very good athlete. PG skills in a 6-9 forward body, can play all the back-court spots. Has great fundamentals for his age, drives well and know how to create his own shot or pass the ball."
"Gallinari is an improving shooter, but his feel for the lane and ability to handle the ball is exceptional. He would be a top-flight point guard prospect if he were 6-2 ... With such pure instincts, he would fit in on any team, no matter if he improves his athleticism or not."
"Gallinari is a very impressive NBA prospect and should be a solid NBA pro ... Gallinari is definitely more NBA-ready than (Nicolas) Batum and has the potential to be an above average NBA player."
Gallinari Declares for NBA Draft
"Danilo Gallinari, one of the leading scorers in the Italian basketball league, declared for the NBA draft on Wednesday."
Eurocamp lineup impressive
"It looks like this year's Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The Eurocamp has evolved into the international equivalent of the Chicago predraft camp and talk..."
Top Draft-Eligible Performers in Euroleague Regular Season
"The Euroleague competition has been a privileged witness of Gallinari’s emergence as the go-to guy for Armani Jeans Milano, displaying a performance level very rarely seen in Europe from such a young player."
"After a not so easy regular season with Olimpia Milano, we have succeeded and qualified for the playoffs. In my opinion, being a go-to-guy player for a glorious team like Milano in the Italian League and in Euroleague is a great honor."
Rising Star Trophy Winner: Danilo Gallinari
"A silky-smooth forward with a great shot and a solid all-around game, Danilo Gallinari of Armani Jeans Milano made instant impact on courts around the continent this season and has been rewarded with the 2008 Euroleague Rising Star Trophy in a vote of the competition's head coaches."
World of Ability
""I think he's the best player in the draft,'' says the European-based scout, whose strong opinion of the 19-year-old Gallinari is in the minority but not without merit. "He has so much character, he's a big, strong kid with a special combination of skills, and he's going to be a matchup nightmare whether he's playing small forward or power forward.''
Chad Ford Mock Draft 1.0
No. 6 to New York
Ford's Mock Draft 3.0
No. 8 to Milwaukee
Ford's Mock Draft 5.0
No. 10 to New Jersey
No. 10 to New Jersey
No. 8 to Milwaukee
Reports Compiled By:
- With contributing writers Matt Tiano and Jude Harder