Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky
F/C
7'0, 240
Wisconsin, Sr.
4/4/1993
Big Board Rank: 10




Frank Kaminsky appears to be in line to be only the fifth NCAA senior to be picked in the lottery in the last five drafts.  A late bloomer, Kaminsky only saw 600 minutes in his first two season at Wisconsin.  He followed that up with a solid junior season, and has been nothing short of spectacular as he has led the Badgers to the Final Four in his senior season.  A true stretch four with a back-to-the-basket game and the ability to protect the rim, were Kaminsky a few years younger, he would be a surefire top five pick.

Kaminsky's per-game numbers and efficiency improved with every season, even as his role expanded.  As the focal point of college basketball's most efficient offense, Kaminsky produced an absurd 34.6 PER, which easily led the nation.

Season
PPG
RPG
APG
BPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
2011-12
1.8
1.4
0.3
0.4
41.1%
28.6%
50.0%
2012-13
4.2
1.8
0.8
0.5
43.9%
31.1%
76.7%
2013-14
13.9
6.3
1.3
1.7
58.2%
37.8%
76.5%
2014-15
18.7
8.0
2.7
1.5
54.9%
41.5%
77.7%

Kaminsky earned All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year as a senior, and added AP All-American honors as well.  With a Final Four showdown against unbeaten Kentucky looming this weekend, it's safe to say that Kaminsky has gone from off the radar to center stage in the last two years.

STRENGTHS

Kaminsky's scoring efficiency is his greatest strength.  That efficiency is built on his excellent outside shot, but his offensive game is very well diversified.  Kaminsky scores well with his back to the basket, as well as attacking off the dribble.  There's a good reason that he was college basketball's most efficient high-usage scorer this season.  There's no one way to shut him down.  Kaminsky has great size for both frontcourt positions and has enough agility that he can guard PFs should a team that already has a starter at the C position draft him.  Kaminsky is an adequate rebounder.

WEAKNESSES 

Although he is a productive defender statistically speaking, Kaminsky is not a great defender.  He will likely struggle against bigger Cs with the ability to score on the block the most.  Kaminsky is also not an explosive athlete, which may cause some problems for him in the attacking phase of his offensive game.

FIT WITH THE PISTONS/AVAILABILITY

There may not be a better fit for the Pistons' potential void at PF than Frank Kaminsky.  His ability to stretch the floor would open up driving lanes and space in the paint for Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson to operate the pick-and-roll.  Although he isn't an excellent defender and may have some of the same shortcomings as Greg Monroe on that end of the floor, it's hard to find a player who fits better in the Pistons' long-term plans.

Mock Draft (Date)
Kaminsky’s Position
Detroit’s Pick
Draft Express (3/29)
10th - Boston
8th – Kristaps Porzingis
NBADraft.net (3/26)
18th - Washington
8th – Trey Lyles
CBS Sports – Vecenie (2/27)
15th – Charlotte
10th – Kevon Looney
Basketball Insiders - Koutroupis (3/1)
7th – Sacramento
8th – Justise Winslow

There's a pretty wide range in Kaminsky's projection.  In my personal opinion, some pretty shocking news or an injury would have to happen for Kaminsky to still be on the board at 18.  NBADraft.net has Caris LeVert in front of Kaminsky.  It might be time to remove their projections from the table, because that's just absurd.  Although it's possible that Kaminsky is off the board before Detroit has a chance to pick, I would say it's not likely.  Unless one of the younger, elite talents is still on the board, there should be no complaints with Frank Kaminsky being the next Pistons' starter at PF.

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