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Sabonis doesn't have the flashiest or most exciting game, but he did enough at Nike Academy to help solidify his status as a potential first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Sabonis appeared to have added some more bulk to his frame while still maintaining his excellent mobility that allows him to get up and down in transition, defend the perimeter, and dive hard to the rim out of pick and roll sets.
Sabonis proved more than capable of staying in front of opposing power forwards (and even wings at times) at the camp, which is very important for him as his lack of length and vertical explosiveness limits his ability to spend too many minutes at the center position from a NBA standpoint.
While his mobility was on display defensively, Sabonis kept plays alive on the offensive glass and even led the break in transition at times. Sabonis also had a pair of nice pick and roll finishes where he used his strength to set a bruising screen, rolled hard to the rim and finished with a dunk.
Sabonis was rock solid during the course of the camp, but he still has his warts that limit his upside to an extent from an NBA perspective. Sabonis struggled finishing versus length on several occasions and still plays 15 feet and in for the most part. Although he does have the mobility to attack from the perimeter in a straight line,
Sabonis' lack of shooting touch handcuffs him a bit offensively. He had issues reacting to the defense in short roll situations as his lack of confidence as a shooter and sometimes below average decision making reared its ugly head a on a couple of possessions. His struggles as a shooter combined with his limited potential as a finisher versus length, making it hard to imagine him being a huge scoring threat in the half court outside of put backs and occasional drop offs.
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