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2019 NBA Draft Profile: Louis King

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Will the Trail Blazers look to Oregon forward Louis King in the 2019 NBA Draft when it comes time to make their selection at pick No. 25?

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The Trail Blazers’ memorable postseason run might be over, but the the 2019 NBA Draft is right around the corner. Portland’s President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey currently has the No. 25 pick in the draft at his disposal and he will look to supplement the Blazers’ roster with a talented prospect in the latter stages of the first round.

Louis King

  • Height: 6’9”
  • Weight: 205
  • Wingspan: 7’1”
  • Shooting Hand: Right
  • Position: F
  • Age: 20
  • Projected draft range: 30-45

2018-19 Statistics

  • PTS: 13.5 | Per 40: 17.7
  • REB: 5.5 | Per 40: 7.3
  • AST: 1.3 | Per 40: 1.7
  • FG%: 43.5%
  • 3P%: 38.6%
  • FT%: 78.5%

Strengths

Due to his size and reach, King is capable of playing shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. Naturally athletic, King put on weight later on in the season without sacrificing his ability to score off the dribble. He developed more consistency with his outside shot during his time with the Oregon Ducks, becoming a reliable three-point threat. Furthermore, he is dependable in catch-and-shoot situations, and he possesses a clean jumper. With his height, it makes it easy for him to shoot over opponents when space isn’t available. On defense, King has developed a tendency to be pesky, especially with his reach.

Weaknesses

King missed the first seven games of his only season playing for the Ducks due to a knee surgery that repaired a torn meniscus. Occasionally, King suffers from poor shot selection, and earlier in the season, he had a tendency to be a streaky shooter. If playing in a power forward slot, there is a concern about his lack of a polished post game. While he showed great strides in bettering his athleticism and physical size over the course of the NCAA season, King needs to continue putting on muscle if he is going to play in a league with grown men. An injury-shortened year of experience at the collegiate level may not be enough.

2018-19 Season

King led the Ducks to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, following a win in the Pac-12 tournament, in which King turned in four performances in double figures. King made his NCAA debut in a 16-point performance against Nebraska Omaha. He was also named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team, selected as an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, and was a member of the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. King led the Ducks in both rebounding and scoring for the 2018-19 season.

Overall Assessment

In today’s position-less environment, King’s flexibility between the two and four is advantageous. His ability to consistently shoot the three suggests that he will be successful in a league that values outside shooting. He possesses a silky-smooth jumper, which he easily launches over other players due to his height.

Defensively, King is tenacious, and with his wingspan, there is potential for him to become a real threat. His defense improved throughout his freshman campaign. Coming out of high school, one of his noted weaknesses was his rebounding ability, which he successfully worked on during his time with Oregon.

Overall Fit

A wing player with athleticism and heft could be a good asset for the Trail Blazers. King’s existing skillset would likely be enhanced in Terry Stotts’ flow offense. In the pick-and-roll, which is frequently used by the Trail Blazers, King performed well as the roll man. Should he develop a post game, he could be a four in a small-ball lineups featuring Zach Collins at the five.


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