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Skal Labissiere moves up in Chad Ford’s mock draft


With the news that Ivan Rabb will return to Cal for a sophomore season, ESPN’s Chad Ford had to replace Rabb at the No. 11 spot in his mock draft. He did so by moving Skal Labissiere up to Rabb’s place, bumping Labissiere up five spots into the lottery (and past Tyler Ulis) from No. 16.

11. Orlando Magic

Skal Labissiere

It’s tough to know where exactly to slot Labissiere, but with Myles Turner playing a big role in the playoffs after scouts feared he’d take years to develop, teams might be less risk averse to select him than in years past.

Labissiere gives the Magic something they’ve lacked for a while — a rim protector. He is a terrific shot-blocker and has the ability to stretch the floor. He’d be perfect next to Nikola Vucevic, but the Magic are going to have to be patient. He lacks strength, confidence and experience. But he might just be too good to pass up here.

Ford has Jamal Murray going third to Boston and Tyler Ulis at No. 14 to Chicago, which would make three lottery picks for Kentucky in this summer’s draft.

[ESPN | Mock Draft 6.1: Lottery odds set and there’s a new top three]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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13 Comments for Skal Labissiere moves up in Chad Ford’s mock draft

  1. chrisg18
    12:52 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Skal a terrific shot blocker and rim protector? Hmmm, not sure I watched the same guy this past year. He has offensive strengths, none defensively.

    • Sarahvah
      1:02 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

      Pretty sure when he was feeling it he was a great shot blocker. I seem to recall him getting 6 or so a few times.

    • Mathlete
      1:25 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

      When he started playing more like a stretch 4 than a 5 toward the end of the season he was getting more blocks. He lacks the bulk needed to play a true Center position but he did OK at Forward.

    • chrisg18
      4:40 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

      Skal and Marcus Lee had the same amount of blocks this year (59). Is Marcus Lee a great shot blocker and rim protector? No. Anthony Davis had 186. Now he was a great shot blocker.

    • fauxbobknight
      9:46 am April 26, 2016 Permalink

      Sarah- and everyone else recalls a number of games where he couldn’t block any shots because he was neck deep in foul trouble. He had pretty much the exact same season that Daniel Orton had outside of avering 3 ppg more than orton.

      Skal- Blocks (59, 1.6 bpg) Fouls (108, 3.0 fpg) Rebounds (113, 3.1 rpg)
      Orton- Blocks (52, 1.4 bpg) Fouls (88, 2.3 fpg) Rebounds (126, 3.3 rpg)

  2. WIN
    1:28 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Only a fool would draft Skal as a lottery pick. He didn’t even play until towards the end when Derek Willis got hurt. If Orlando wants to waste a ton of money by paying someone 2 or 3 years when they won’t be able to contribute…then Skal is their guy.

  3. Chaz
    1:34 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Skal may make some GM look good in a few years, or not. But he has skills and he’s one of the most likeable guys in this year’s class. I wish him well and hope he will be a life changer for his family.

  4. Angelo
    2:19 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Three guys in the lottery, Cal is a genius and the NBA knows it!

  5. The Professor
    4:10 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    I quit watching the NBA years ago for several reasons, one of which is the quality of play. There are dozens of guys playing in the league that are incredible athletes but have minimally developed skills. I hope he does well but I think Skal will just add to that fact. Archie Goodwin could be the poster child.

    • WeareBBN
      4:46 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

      Agree with all you said, it is a horrible product. Sadly major college basketball is becoming the same. Everything is based on how athletic a player is, skills are not a concern anymore.

  6. WeareBBN
    4:43 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Skal can’t compete at a physical or mental level in the NBA. Seems like a great kid but if Cal is looking out for his best interest then he should have told him to stay at UK, prolly four years. I know he will get money but unless he does a great job of investing it will likely not last him a lifetime. I am not a fan of Jarnell Stokes but he was 10,000 times more physical than Skal and he is in Dleague. and hundreds others like him. Really don’t see why an NBA team would draft this kid that high, maybe 2nd round chance is worth it.
    Skal, get your money but please come back and get your degree, maybe in money management of some kind, so you can have a better shot at a lifetime of success.

  7. ekywildcat
    5:49 pm April 25, 2016 Permalink

    Skal going in the first round is a head scratcher to me. But I’m no coach or scout. Hope Skal makes it, seems to be a great kid.

  8. fauxbobknight
    9:47 am April 26, 2016 Permalink

    Its tough to be a shot blocker when you foul every other time you contest a shot. At least he has a jump shot to lean on for the time being.