The focus is certainly on De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, and Isaiah Briscoe when it comes to the NBA Draft, but Isaac Humphries is still taking a stab at making it in the league.
Last week the former Kentucky big man worked out for the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks, and hopes to get looks from several other teams with late second round selections.
Here’s a video of him dunking in Carmelo Anthony’s No. 15 during his workout with the Nuggets:
Kentucky 7-footer Isaac Humphries getting dunk drills in now. pic.twitter.com/S23WBbzxbA
– T.J. McBride (@BSN_McBride) May 23, 2017
DraftExpress released their scouting report on Humphries, with both positive and negative analysis of the former Kentucky big man.
Check out a few quotes:
Measured at 7’0 at the 2016 Kentucky team combine, Humphries has good height for a big man, to go along with a strong 260 pound frame, but his 7’0 wingspan and 8’11 standing reach are closer to those of a power forward than an NBA center ideally. His lack of length and reach hurts his ability to protect the rim from the center position and he does not make up for that with tremendous athleticism to compensate, often struggling with the quickness of more dynamic collegiate big men.
His best case to carve out a role looks to be to trim down his frame and try to improve his explosiveness while increasing his ability to move laterally in space to be able to play away from the rim.
Humphries is most comfortable inside the paint, with the majority of his offensive possessions coming from post-ups according to Synergy Sports Technology. He will certainly have to expand his game at the pro level as he is not a dominant post player but he can use his strength to back down his man under the rim.
Most of his moves end up with a decent look at the rim off of a right handed hook shot, but he lacks a counter move to keep the defense guessing and it will be difficult to score at the next level with his back to the basket without a more well-rounded arsenal of moves.
Humphries will certainly have opportunities at a two-way contract or D-League affiliate spot should that interest him. If not, being an Australian citizen will give him an excellent chance at finding a lucrative contract back home to expand his game in hopes of working his way back to the States one day.
At 7-feet, 260 lbs., it’s no surprise several teams are interested in Humphries based on size alone. As the common phrase goes, “You can’t teach size.”
He’s only 19 years old, and has shown spurts of massive potential in his time in a Kentucky uniform. If Josh Harrellson can improve his game enough to get drafted and earn minutes on an NBA roster, Humphries has a chance too.
It’s a long shot for Humphries to get drafted on June 22, but there’s little doubt he can find his way in the D-League and work his way up to the NBA once he develops his game a little more. Worst case scenario, he’s going to make a whole lot of money overseas.
Show them what you’ve got, I-Zack!