Talented freshman forward Kevon Looney slipped in the draft before being been taken by the world champion Golden State Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Looney has a lot of intrigue as a youthful stretch 4 prospect thanks to his shooting ability and production at UCLA, but he has several health red flags that are concerning that caused the slide.
At 6-9 with a 7-3.5 inch wingspan, Looney has the size, length and shooting ability (41.5 percent from three) to play as a stretch 4 in the NBA. He has a pretty shot with a high release on his jumper, and the youngster can hit shots from both mid-range and three-point range.
However Looney is a bit of a project as a tweener, lacking the bulk to play minutes at power forward right away and the perimeter skills to play on the wing. He’ll need to continue improving his focus on defense, as he has the physical attributes to be an above-average defender.
Overall, Looney is a bit of a project who has a lot of upside as a stretch 4, and hopefully his hip injury isn’t too big of a problem. With an additional 10-12 pounds, Looney will be a much better rebounder and defender without much loss of mobility. In time, Looney could develop into a quality bench piece, which makes him a first round value.
NBA comparison: Al Harrington
2014-15 stats: 11.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 spg (47.0 FG%, 41.5 3P%, 62.6 FT%)