Chicago Bulls 2018 NBA Draft Board: Mohamed Bamba

By Khobi Price

Welcome to the Chicago Bulls 2018 NBA Draft Board. In this series, I will breakdown and analyze the strengths, weaknesses and perceived fit of draft prospects who the Bulls could potentially select with the No. 7 and No. 22 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Name: Mo Bamba

Position: Center

Date of birth; Age: May 12, 1998; 20-years-old

Height: 7’0.75”

Weight: 226 lbs

Wingspan: 7’10”

School: University of Texas

College stats: 30 games played and 29 games started during the 2017-18 season. Bamba averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.5 assists per game. He shot 54.1 percent from the field, 27.5 percent on 3-pointers and 68.1 percent on free-throws.

Projected draft selection: No. 5-7

Strengths

The first thing that comes to mind when discussing Bamba’s strengths is his potential defensive prowess due to his impressive physical traits. Bamba’s wingspan measured out to be the longest wingspan in the history of the NBA Draft combine. (The records date back to 2000. The late Manute Bol, reportedly, had the longest wingspan in NBA history). And with a 9’7.5” standing reach, Bamba has the second-largest standing reach in combine history. 2004 NBA Draft No. 21 pick Pavel Podkolzin set the record with a 9’8”...



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