“Not the sexiest pick.” – Everyone
The dude can play and that’s all the matters to me. Is he going to steal Jonas Valaniunas’s starting spot? NO.
Can he come in right away and backup Valanciunas? Absolutely!
What about Bebe? Still cannot defend so he really shouldn’t be playing on an Eastern Conference Finals team.
So what does Poeltl do well? He’s a good defender (even better than Valanciunas). He’s quick for a big man and runs the floor well. Poeltl is solid rebounder who is comfortable scoring the ball in the paint when needed.
Where does he need to improve? Poeltl definitely needs to improve his strength if he wants to be able to finish over NBA bigs.
What is Poeltl’s ceiling? His ceiling is probably 5th starter or 6th man.
Jakob Poeltl Rookie projections if he plays 15-18mpg:
6.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2bpg, FG 55.5%, FT 67%
Those numbers probably look unimpressive, but if you double his minutes 12.4/9.4/2.4 isn’t bad for the 9th pick.
Also consider in 25mpg this season Patrick Patterson only averaged: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, & 0.4bpg.