Bucks Draft Scouting Report: Mfiondu Kabengele

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Position: PF/C
College: Florida State
Height: 6-10
Weight: 255 lbs
Age: 21

2018-19 stats:
13.2 PTS
5.9 REB
0.3 AST
1.5 BLK
50% FG
37% 3PT

Mock Drafts:
CBS - 30th
Bleacher Report - 2nd round
ESPN - 17th
SB Nation - 2nd round
The Ringer - 30th

Strengths

  • Great scoring threat, as he led Florida State in scoring last season despite playing less than 22 minutes per game
  • NBA body and great wingspan help him dominate on both ends
  • Very versatile on offense — can shoot the three well for his size (37%) and is also an extremely good finisher around the rim and in the post
  • Good free throw shooter for his position (78%)
  • Played great in the biggest games of the season (Averaged 22 points on 64% shooting in the NCAA Tournament)
  • Length and wingspan make him a good shotblocker and rebounder — good at crashing the offensive glass
  • Great defender overall who can protect the paint (1.5 blocks per game) and also stay with guards on the perimeter

Weaknesses

  • Passing and decision-making need improvement — only averaged 0.3 assists
  • Shot a good percentage but didn’t shoot a ton of threes (64 on the year), so he needs to show that he can consistently knock down perimeter shots at the next level
  • Not very quick, moves like a Joel Embiid
  • Doesn’t have terrific ball handling skills
  • Gets into foul trouble occasionally, even with limited playing time

Grade for Bucks: A-

Kabengele would be a terrific pick for the Bucks because of his offensive versatility and terrific defense. He isn’t a great playmaker, but the Bucks don’t need him to be. As long as he is able to knock down outside shots (especially off the catch and shoot) consistently like he did in college, he would make a great fit for Milwaukee. He would be a great depth piece for the Bucks’ frontcourt who can come off the bench and play a Brook Lopez type role (outside shooter, floor spacer, and rim protector), and the Bucks would be very lucky if they can get him with the 30th pick.

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