Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
13.6 5.0 1.9 1.0 0.8 53.5 40.0 72.6 61.3 27.5
Sales Pitch
A lottery talent with the dream skillset for a modern NBA big...but a horrifying injury history.
Background
NBA scouts and evaluators have been salivating at the potential when it comes to Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie. A dream fit in the modern NBA, there's no denying the unique skill set that Tillie offers as an NBA prospect. The problem when it comes to Tillie is his injury history and it's a long one. Knee surgery, a torn ligament in his foot, a stress fracture in his ankle...the list is a scary one and teams will be eagerly awaiting the medical evaluation when it comes to the big man.
Pro Comparison
A weird hybrid of Robert Horry and Marc Gasol
Positives

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • A dream prospect when it comes to his position and limitless NBA range. A potential pick-and-pop nightmare for opposing defenses. Ranked in the 92nd percentile when it came to Jump Shots in the half court. 

INTANGIBLES

  • Known to be an incredibly intelligent player who should translate perfectly in any system. Knows how to do the little things at a high level. Moves well without the ball including cuts, repositioning, and sees the floor well. Anticipates passes before they happen and has outstanding vision. He'd be a monstrous weapon in the P&R. Ranked in the 92nd percentile as a P&R man at Gonzaga last year with a 55.1 FG%.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL

  • While he's not the most mobile defender he's got great defensive awareness and is alert on rotations. Ranked in the 95th percentile in isolation defense. Seems to usually be in the right spot. 
Negatives

INJURY HISTORY

  • It's the elephant in the room when it comes to projecting Tillie's NBA Draft stock. Take away the injury bug and Tillie is a lottery selection...but the record is long. Knee surgery, a torn ligament in his foot, a stress fracture in his ankle, and a hip pointer to mention a few. Every draft features a prospect in which teams will be hungry for the medical check...this year it's an obvious one. It's Killian Tillie. 

ATHLETICISM

  • His injury history has impacted his overall mobility and he wasn't the most explosive before. Doesn't have great length as well which impacts his projection as a rim protector. 
Overall
One of the toughest prospects to project in this year's 2020 NBA Draft class will be Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie. On talent alone, Tillie would be a lottery-bound prospect. He's an incredibly intelligent big man that would flourish in the modern NBA. The problem is the injury history, which is one of the longest in recent memories. Still, Tillie's talent alone is worthy of a gamble at some point in the draft. If Tillie can get medical clearance in some way, it will throw a massive curveball in the pre-draft process.
Birthplace

Paris
France