Breathe if you’ve heard Bam Adebayo is a lot like Dwight Howard. Apparently Bleacher Report is the only one who had not heard of the comparison, one that’s been said so much it annoys the living hell out of Adebayo.
The outlet put together their best comparisons for Sweet 16 draft prospects and their NBA counterparts. The first is hardly noteworthy, but it’s interesting to see what they said about UK’s other two dynamic freshman.
De’Aaron Fox — Jrue Holiday
Fox’s ability to get to the rim, his late-season shooting improvements and defensive prowess all bring back memories to the Pelicans’ best guard when he entered the draft out of UCLA in 2009.
Running the offense is De’Aaron Fox’s main job with Kentucky since the Wildcats have plenty of capable scorers for him to defer to. But an NBA team might be just as interested in how he can flip the switch over to a more aggressive style that has him call his own number and get to the hole, making him an intriguing combo prospect.
Malik Monk — C.J. McCollum
Their comparison to the Portland Trail Blazer is purely based off Monk’s ability to get buckets.
If he finds a way to become more consistent with that shot or learns when not to settle for jumpers and becomes more interested in getting in the lane, our comparison to McCollum will fit. Since entering the NBA in 2013, he actually has better splits on the road than in Portland.
If he doesn’t make those adjustments, Monk might end up more like a Lou Williams or a J.R. Smith–the kind of player who can explode one night but be ice-cold the next.