Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
16.9 8.7 0.7 0.9 2.0 66.0 0.0 59.1 66.0 28.7
Sales Pitch
A high-energy center who plays with passion and projects as a rim-protecting big with elite athleticism.
Background
After an impressive Freshman year at Arkansas, Daniel Gafford was in the discussion to become a potential lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Gafford decided to return to play for the Razorbacks for another year, which at the time was to much delight of NBA Personnel. After his Sophomore year, the hype train has cooled off a bit on Gafford but his skill set projects well at the next level. Gafford is an intriguing prospect that runs the floor like a deer and shows a great combination of explosiveness and rim protection potential.
Pro Comparison
A hybrid of Clint Capela and Willie Cauley-Stein
Positives

LOB MANIA

  • Gafford soars above the rim and throws down vicious dunks. He's got the potential to be a serious weapon in the pick and roll game. Draws a lot of contact and fouls. Arkansas didn't run a lot of pick and rolls, which is something to note for the next level.

FLUID ATHLETE

  • Gets out on the break in a hurry and can cover a ton of ground. Elite transition threat.

SHOT BLOCKING ABILITY

  • Volleyball spikes shot attempts regularly. Huge frame with great anticipation skills. Great instincts as a weak-side defender. 
Negatives

OFFENSIVE VERSATILITY

  • Bit of a one-trick pony on offense. Needs to develop some touch outside of the paint in order to take the next "leap" forward in his development. 

FOOTWORK

  • Has some heavy long footwork in the paint and when he's defending smaller guards on the perimeter. 
Overall
It's safe to file Daniel Gafford in as a potential draft night steal. He's bit thin framed, but there's plenty of intriguing tools to work with. This is another situation in which overall fit is going to be so important for Gafford's young career. His explosiveness is a joke and he offers elite shot blocking potential with his length. If someone can unlock his full offensive arsenal, they could find gold.
Birthplace

El Dorado, AR
United States

NBA Team
Draft Selection
38