Sophomore, PF, Gonzaga
6’10”, 231 lbs
No measurements available – Sabonis did not attend the NBA Draft Combine
College Stats In 2015-16
36 games, 17.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 61.1 FG%, 76.9 FT%
Where He’ll Go
Sabonis is rising and is expected to be a late-lottery pick.
Best Game Of The Season
His best game of the season came in a 102-94 road win over San Francisco on Jan. 2. Sabonis finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. The big man shot 12-for-16 from the field and 11-for-14 from the free-throw line.
Sabonis is a crafty power forward. He can run the floor, is super competitive and is sound when it comes to fundamentals. He’s very efficient offensively, has solid footwork and a nice shooting touch. His passing is off the charts for a power forward. He should be able to stretch the floor a little bit more with time. If a defender closes out on him too fast, he has the ability to drive by. He has great court vision and generally knows what’s going on at all times. He might be the best pure rebounder in the draft despite not being as big as other post players.
He’s somewhat predictable when he gets on the block. Chances are he’ll go over his right shoulder, so he’ll have to mix things up. He’ll need to get stronger. His lack of strength could limit how good of a rebounder he is early on in his career.
He’s not one to protect the rim and he’s not the most athletic defender. He’ll have to find crafty ways, much like he did in college, to stay in front of quicker players.
I’m growing to love Sabonis, but that might be more because he is the son of Arvydas. He doesn’t have great size, but he has the will, which was on display when he took it to Jakob Poetl in the NCAA Tournament.
The most appealing thing about Sabonis is the fact that he brings it all, all the time. You’re never going to question his work ethic. His rebounding ability has to do with his hustle and knowing where to be at the right time, similar to former Wolves' forward Kevin Love. I could see him getting picked anywhere from 7-15, but there’s a real good chance we’ll look back five years from now and wonder why he wasn't picked higher. He’s a great passer and I could see him developing into a Pau/Marc Gasol type of post player. I can see him being that guy who does the dirty work who other teams might not like. But whatever. He’s a Sabonis. What does he care?