Just an inch short of seven feet, enjoying a long wingspan, nicely athletic, well-built, Erden shows a very promising physical profile. Meanwhile, in the skill department, he shows a bit of everything, but is far from mastering any particular move, while he hasnt erased the doubts about his character and ability to stay focused on the game.
The best thing we can say about Erdens offensive arsenal is that hes pretty aggressive finishing around the rim, trying to secure his points with dunks, which makes sense since his touch around the basket is a bit inconsistent. He moves around the basket waiting for a defensive rotation that leaves him open on the paint, perhaps combining it with a cut at the right time, he also emerges active setting picks to roll inside, and can nicely run the floor, showing pretty solid hands to work with and always looking to hammer the rim.
Erden also frequently asks for the ball in the low post, but the rawness of his skills here becomes quite visible. He might eventually come up with a great move, but generally speaking he shows improvable footwork and limited ability to net his jump-hooks with either hand (he uses both, although he clearly feels more confident with his right). Still, he shows a willingness to mix it up inside, and doesnt back away from contact.
Still potentially able to develop into a power forward (although he looks like much more of a center), Erden showcases his perimeter skills very rarely. His spot-up jumper is extremely inconsistent, as he can easily net a mid-range jumper and then air-ball the next attempt. He can also put the ball on the floor and attack his match-up, which had eventually ended up in a few phenomenal highlights (hes a pretty coordinated guy), but he never showed any continuity and it seems like its even a rarer feature lately.
Defensively, hes not an outstanding player, but neither looks a big liability. Hes quite a mobile big who can defend out of the paint and challenge his match-ups driving attempts with mild success (providing they are not very quick). Still he looks more comfortable guarding the low post, where he can rely on his length and his body. He can take contact and he doesnt often buy into fakes, keeping his position nicely. On the other hand, hes a rather poor team defender, as his defensive rotations are timid and not aggressive enough. Hes neither a great intimidator despite his length, although he eventually can collect a block (hes averaged almost one per game). Besides, you can sometimes see him looking disinterested in the game, like if its a great deal of work for him to react to whats happening on the court. It also happens in the offensive end, where he sometimes hangs around with apparently no defined purpose.
Anyway, given the potential Erden brings to the table, hes virtually a lock to be drafted, but his inconsistency will likely prevent him from hitting the first round.