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Chad Ford discusses Dakari Johnson’s ceiling


Since Dakari Johnson announced he was declaring for the draft, many have questioned how much he could have improved his draft stock by returning to school. Over the past two years, Dakari has slimmed down considerably, but you could argue there’s not much he can do to improve his vertical or handwork. In his weekly chat today, ESPN NBA guru Chad Ford was asked about Dakari’s ceiling at the next level:

Every scout I’ve spoken with sees him as a back-up. But back-up centers are very valuable in the NBA and could get him drafted in the 20s. Remember, this isn’t the NFL draft. Most first round picks, especially those outside the lottery, are rotation players at best.

If Dakari gets drafted in the 20’s, how could you argue that he made a bad decision by going?

Ford says he believes Andrew will be the better twin at the next level and Willie really needs to nail his interviews to keep his stock high. For more details, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.


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4 Comments for Chad Ford discusses Dakari Johnson’s ceiling

  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:57 pm May 6, 2015 Permalink

    “If Dakari gets drafted in the 20’s, how could you argue that he made a bad decision by going?”

    The key word in that sentence is “if.” Stay for another year and take the uncertainty out of it.

  2. catdaddyd
    6:03 pm May 6, 2015 Permalink

    This is the same chad ford that said the James Young was a great passer.

  3. UKani
    6:30 pm May 6, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with Chad Ford. If Dakari Johnson works hard I think he can become another Nazi Muhammad. Someone who isn’t a starter, but a backup who has had a very long career in the NBA.

    You can’t take the “if” out of the statement. Even if a player is coming out as a senior and is the #1 pick “if” is still part of the statement.

  4. EdC
    7:38 am May 7, 2015 Permalink

    NBA Interviewer: So Willie how can you explain Frank Kaminsky getting 10 defensive rebounds to your 0 offensive rebounds in the biggest game of your life considering rebounding and the occasional screen are your only offensive responsibilities?

    Willie: Ummm well I get some spectacular dunks on assists.