Garuba, Usman Real Madrid 6'8" 220 PF 3/9/02

Garuba is an athletic, solidly built, right-handed, forward/center. Just 19 years-old, he plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. Garuba, is mostly a rebounder, defensive player at this stage of his career. He is extremely quick off his feet with good anticipation. He gives opponents a hard time with his relentless approach. Real Madrid was 4.4 points per 100 possessions better defensively with Garuba in the game. Garuba has improved his three-point shooting, getting up to 34% this season. He made 72.1% of his free throws. ...His decision making will need to improve. He had more turnovers than assists. ...Garuba won the Euro League Rising Star Award as well as the Spanish ACB Best Young Player trophy. ...It is anticipated that he will be picked in the middle of the first round. ...We don't see him playing any position but small-ball Center. His shot, while improved, is still not smooth. His limited ball-handling ability and overall rawness just make it too hard to envision him being much more than a reserve in the NBA. 


Our best advice: in 2018, the 44th pick was Issuf Sanon. We advised, "draft Keita Bates-Diop."

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