Sport NBA Draft 2018: Suns GM says Mohamed Bamba is ahead of Rudy Gobert at same age

17:25  10 june  2018
17:25  10 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Basketball Insiders | NBA Rumors And Basketball News. NBA PM: Rudy Gobert is Ahead of 2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 5.0. NBA Daily: What’s to Make of This Situation in Philly? The more I watch film of Mohamed Bamba , the more I become convinced he could go higher on draft

Bamba , 19, is ahead of where Gobert was at 21, but effort was never an issue for Gobert . Check out The Ringer’s analysis of the 2018 NBA draft ’s best prospects. It remains to be seen whether those words will stand true for Bamba .

Mohamed Bamba worked out individually for the Suns on Saturday and clearly impressed Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.

The 7-footer, who played one collegiate season at Texas, prompted McDonough to draw comparisons between Bamba and Jazz star Rudy Gobert.

He gave some high praise to Bamba saying that "at 20 years old he's ahead of where Rudy was."

"Now Rudy's made tremendous strides over the last three or four years," McDonough said, via the Associated Press. "The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has?

"But in terms of measurements, they're similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim, they're similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age, and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age."

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Points: 2261. BallerScript's 2018 Mock Draft . Online. I've been thinking of player comparisons for Mohamed Bamba and a player that sprung to mind was Sam Bowie. I don’t know what they did with Gobert , but by season 1 of the NBA , that quality was gone.

AUSTIN, TX - DECEMBER 29: Mohamed Bamba . Rudy Gobert is one of the best players in the NBA and arguably the best center in the game. In the 2018 NBA Draft , the Dallas Mavericks might get their own version in Mo Bamba .

Bamba loved the comparison, saying, “(Gobert) just changed the geometry of the game. When he’s not blocking the shot, he’s in the back of your mind.”

a close up of a statue of a person: Mohamed Bamba © (Getty Images) Mohamed Bamba

Although Bamba is working out for other teams, he wasn't willing to reveal which ones.

The Suns have the No. 1 overall pick in this month's draft. Deandre Ayton worked out with the franchise Wednesday, while Marvin Bagley III did on Friday.

NBA free agency rumors: Mavericks confident in chances to sign DeMarcus Cousins .
Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan are other potential targets for Dallas in free agency.The Mavericks believe they have a great shot to land DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, according to The Athletic. So, if Dallas stands pat at No. 5 it will likely pass on Texas center Mohamed Bamba if he’s on the board.

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