2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
16.9 5.7 2.0 0.5 1.0 46.3 67.1 37.5 51.0 18.1
Sales Pitch
A lengthy versatile wing that has two-way potential but needs time and patience to blossom
Background
KZ Okpala will go down as one of the more intriguing prospects of this years NBA Draft Class. The Stanford Cardinal Sophomore became a hot name in draft circles with his drastic improvement from his Freshman year, averaging 16.9 PPG and flashing intriguing two-way potential. Okpala is a raw unfinished product, that will draw the interests of teams that believe his best basketball is yet to be played. KZ experienced a massive growth spurt from his high school days to his playing career at Stanford and is still trying to figure out how to use his added length. He's a good bet to have plenty of fans in this draft class, especially towards the end of the first round where a team will stress patience
with allowing his game to blossom. KZ Okpala was ranked as the 42nd High School prospect in the ESPN Top 100.
Pro Comparison
A raw Trevor Ariza
Positives

OFFENSIVE VERSATILITY

  • Shown a lot of growth from his Freshman year when it comes to ball-handling and scoring off of the bounce. Altered his shooting mechanics and it's shown a big improvement especially when it comes to catch and shoot opportunities. A lot of room to improve as well.

PHYSICAL PROFILE

  • Possesses great length with a 7'2" wingspan, and has the frame to add muscle, which should allow his game to blossom. Plays above the rim. Covers a lot of ground quickly. Still learning how to use his sudden great length.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL

  • Will show flashes of having the ability to become a lockdown defender at the next level. Interrupts a lot of passing lanes with his mobility and overall length. Still needs work on fundamentals defensively. Could blossom with the right defensive coach.

Negatives

SHOOTING CONSISTENCY

  • Shooting off of the dribble is a concern to monitor. His "new" mechanics seem to fly out of the window when he's forced into shooting off the bounce. Could be something that goes away with repetition, but teams will monitor it closely. Needs to become a more consistent scorer as well as more versatile.

FRAME

  • While he has a great frame, he shy's away from contact too much. Will need to spend plenty of time developing his body at the next level. Doesn't do a great job of finishing through contact in traffic. Doesn't showcase natural touch around the basket. Needs to tighten up his ball-handling when attacking the paint.

DEFENSIVE AWARENESS

  • He should have better production statistically on the defensive side of the ball. Closeouts need work as well as his overall defensive fundamentals. Will need to develop his lower body in order to strengthen his ability to defend post-up situations.

Overall
In every draft class there's a couple of prospects that need to land in the right situation more than others. KZ Okpala might be the poster boy for that claim this year. He's extremely raw, and still figuring out how good he can be. His tools on both sides of the ball are fascinating, and he looks to be a prospect that can grow into a valuable two-way player. Okpala will most likely spend plenty of time in his rookie year developing in the G-League and that might be just what he needs. KZ will have plenty of fans in draft circles, and he has the potential to carve out a long and productive NBA career once everything starts to click.

Film Room: "KZ" Okpala - Mar 20, 2019

KZ Okpala
"KZ" Okpala might just be the best-kept secret in this Draft Class.