Kendall Brown is a versatile wing with elite athleticism, quick feet and some playmaking chops that partner with his explosive hops and cutting ability. Will he become a Raptor after the 2022 NBA Draft? Full discussion on our Yahoo Sports Canada YouTube.
- Yeah, there's one name who I don't know what to make of this player. I think this would be the ultimate steal. I'll start at the top. And that's Kendall Brown from Baylor. So I understand he did well at the combine, was, I think, the number one or number two athletic tester if you break it down and quantify all that stuff into a chart. He tested at the top. And I love his feel for the game, love his defense, but I'm a big fan of his use of athleticism.
He knows how to use it as a cutter. He combines all of that, especially you look at what he does off ball. He's always trying to get involved, involve other teammates. I think he can pass a little bit, too, and that helps a lot when he has the ball in his hands. You can trust him. Developing the jump shot's really the big thing for him, though. You know, you look at he's scared to shoot a little bit at times. He's passive. And honestly, though, a lot of guys, it's like they won't shoot the open three.
He won't shoot it unless he's wide open, which I almost appreciate because he'd rather keep swinging. Especially in college, right, it's a 30-second shot clock. You have time. So keep swinging, find a better shot was kind of his mentality, not I don't want to shoot. I think it's important to separate those things, but I love him as a value play. He's somebody who I've seen people put him in at the end of the lottery, at 14 or so, and then also put him in the second round.
So he has a very wide range.
- Among the many who have a very, very wide range in this NBA draft, looking at his stats as I bring them up here with Baylor, he shot 58%, and 9.7 points, five rebounds, two assists, and had a steal, as well, 34% from three. So there are some numbers for you. Another player that kind of fits the bill, and I'm curious how the Raptors decide to-- how are you deciphering between some of these players that are like very, very similar, but there could be very small things that make them different.
And I think they are a franchise that really values the conversation that they have with the player. You know, Dan Tolzman talked about this a few weeks ago, where he felt like, you know, the draft workout is important, but it's also equally important to just talk to the player, understand them. That's kind of actually where Scottie Barnes really sold them. I'm sure he probably gave him a few hugs, and they're just like oh, this guy is kind of interesting. I didn't expect to get a hug from him.
But that was Scottie, and you could really sell the Raptors if you just sell them on your personality, your determination, and your willingness to do what it takes to win games. And Kendall Brown, he's another one that could probably do that for them.