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Bam Adebayo Falls Out of the First Round in Chad Ford’s Mock Draft


In the third version of Chad Ford’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft, one Wildcat soared to the top, while another bottomed out of the first round.

4. Malik Monk

Monk is closer to No. 10 in most mock drafts, but Ford has the dynamic scorer as a Top Five prospect.  Ford believes Monk will work well in The Process for the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Monk makes a lot of sense for the Sixers. Ben Simmons can play the point, so what they need is a dynamic scorer and shooter to pair with him. Monk is the most electric scorer to come into the draft in some time. He can be streaky, but when he gets going he’s difficult to stop. He should be able to instantly transform the Sixers’ offense.”

11. De’Aaron Fox

Ford has Fox just outside of the Top 10, leading the Knicks backcourt next season.

“The depth of the draft remains ridiculous. Fox is having a terrific season for the Wildcats, he might be the fastest player in the draft and he can’t crack the top 10.”

NR: Bam Adebayo

Once a consensus lottery pick, Adebayo has slowly fallen down mock draft boards.  Draft Express currently has Bam as the 20th best prospect, but Ford doesn’t even have him in his first round.  These are all of the college basketball power forwards and centers Ford ranked ahead of Adebayo:

  • Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
  • Justin Patton, Creighton
  • T.J. Leaf, UCLA
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Jarrett Allen, Texas
  • Ivan Rabb, Cal
  • John Collins, Wake Forest
  • Zach Collins, Gonzaga
  • Ike Anigbogu, UCLA

Ford’s version is different than other mock drafts because he accounts for a team’s need, assuming lottery positioning based off the odds.  Still, Ford provides proof that Adebayo hasn’t done himself any favors in the second half of his freshman season.

[ESPN Insider]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Bam Adebayo Falls Out of the First Round in Chad Ford’s Mock Draft

  1. Skeps
    2:32 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Jan 21 – Win against South Carolina. 85 points scored. After game Cal and Payne state we need to get Bam more touches. Next 4 games, 1-3 with lowest fg % and more to’s committed. Bam having to force to try to score. Hope the reboot is drive and kick, not focus on slowing the game down and making the games incredibly boring by force feeding Bam. They’ve committed way more turnovers just trying to get him the ball. They’re incredibly boring and there’s no flow to the game. I’d much rather see a missed forced shot than another silly turnover forcing it inside.

    • Mc12
      3:08 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      They should only force it to Bam if he is bigger than the person he’s matched up against. He is uncomfortable with his back to the basket, and struggles unless he can bully a defender and dunk on them. He did square up once recently which was nice, and something I haven’t seen much from him in the post. However, since he is uncomfortable, he is also indecisive and doesn’t make great decisions such as kicking it out quickly if someone double’s down.

      I agree that if the player is at least his size, they should drive and kick and let Bam do work on the glass, and on follow-ups (assuming his instincts improve as he doesn’t get in good position enough)

    • syrin
      7:28 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      If you are built like Dwight Howard, you shouldn’t rebound like Mugsy Bogues

  2. Mathlete
    2:44 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Makes sense really, the NBA doesn’t have much need for a 7′ tall, musclebound teddy bear. Bam needs to BAM more

  3. jaws2
    3:18 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve said all along he needs to stay and improve his game. The guy can dunk for sure, what else?

  4. DelrayCat
    3:22 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Bam shows nice touch from the free throw line. Why not put him in more pick-and-pop situations rather than always posting him down low? This is what the NBA bigs do. I think he has a better mid-range game than we’ve seen, but Cal is so determined to keep him within 3 feet of the basket.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      3:42 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      Cal had great success making Cousins, Davis, and Towns play back to the basket even when they didn’t always want to. It made them VERY successful at both levels…however, it never worked for Skal and it is looking like it may not work for Adebayo. I honestly can’t think of 3 things that Adebayo is really that good at…besides looking big.

  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    3:28 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  6. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    3:36 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Lot of season left…But it was eye opening to hear how much NBA scouts value rebounding and don’t think it develops well after the college level if it isn’t already developed…

    • syrin
      7:30 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, I saw that comment too, and I have seen a lot of great college level rebounders not rebound at the NBA level at all, so if he can’t do it against college bigs, no way in hell he can do it against NBA bigs

  7. Sentient Third Eye
    4:08 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    We need some high-low action with Bam and any one of several guys at the four. Either Gabriel or Willis are good interior passers. The high-low would free up Bam to finish. Not saying to use it every play because it does clog the lane and makes dribble drive harder, though.

  8. Blue Boy
    4:25 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Is this part of the reboot? Cal has constantly said this is a player’s first program. Would he change the offensive philosophy to feature Bam more even if it costs us a game. I’m still shell-shocked over the Wisconsin debacle so it ain’t beyond him to do so.

  9. jim tom
    4:40 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Ah the month of June. Can’t waiy

  10. SanDiegoCats
    4:53 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    How cool if he came back. He won’t though

  11. bankerbh
    5:06 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    I was hoping that we wouldn’t start seeing the draft talk for a couple more weeks, but have come to this realization as of late. Since I am not a fan of the one year in college, I hope that the NBA’s next CBA includes a change that allows athletes to go directly to the NBA out of high school or have to stay in college until they are 3 years removed from high school. Nothing against the athletes, but I don’t think UK has reaped all of the expected rewards from the amount of talent that opted to spend 1 year on campus. It would remove the negative stigma some players are tagged with when they don’t hear their name in June and have to return to college. The rule change would get college basketball back to being about the school and less about being a development program for the NBA. This would definitely affect Cal’s approach to recruiting and what he would have to do in season. #frontofthejersey #programfirst

    • Where you been bro (seriously, not trying to be a jerk)? KSR starts posting these mock drafts before the season even starts. It drives me crazy, so I just usually scroll past it.

    • satcheluk
      6:47 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      We’ve made 4 final fours in 7 years, right? Only done 3-4 times in history right? You don’t have much of a brain, right?

    • bankerbh
      7:02 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      Satcheluk. It was nice getting there but we haven’t put up more NC banners than other major programs during the same time period. Those are the banners that matter.

    • syrin
      7:32 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly bankerbh. UConn and Villanova have the same number of titles as us over that time with 5% of our talent. How many billion dollars worth of NBA contracts does Cal need to win the title. I think his goal really is to win the NBA draft every year, and the title is secondary.

    • symphonist41169
      8:13 am February 8, 2017 Permalink

      I agree. It seems winning the draft is becoming the focus of recruiting instead of winning the title. Does Cal want to win the title every year? Of course. But I guess it’s just going to be the intangible “seems like” as long as the current CBA is in place and Cal has to re-load every year with a new round of one-and-dones. I hate it, but there’s not a thing that can be done about it. As far as mock draft boards, they hold no interest for me at all, so I have to plead “ignorance and apathy” – Don’t know and don’t care.