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Usman Garuba Rumors

Usman Garuba, Real Madrid (No. 19; was No. 33): After having talked to sources and players overseas, I think I might have been getting too cute putting Garuba outside of the first round. He’s the most impactful defensive player in the draft at this specific moment. He doesn’t have the most upside defensively necessarily long-term, but right now, he’s the most ready to step in and make an impact on that end. I have real offensive concerns and worry about him getting on the court enough to take advantage of how good he is on defense. But his role can be so simple in the NBA on that end. And I don’t think I’ve seen a big this age that is as good as Garuba at playing actively in the gap in pick-and-roll coverage. Given how essential that area of coverage is in today’s league, I’m willing to bet on him figuring it out in some regard.