12 Men: 1 Skill (Part Two: 6-2-10 Workouts)

Gani Lawal 6-9, 235, Georgia Tech, Junior
Wayne Chism 6-9, 245, Tennessee, Senior
Keith “Tiny” Gallon 6-9, 295, Oklahoma, Freshman
Deon Thompson 6-8, 245, North Carolina, Senior
Jon Scheyer 6-5, 190, Duke, Senior
Matt Bouldin 6-5, 225, Gonzaga, Senior

Keith “Tiny” Gallon 6-9, 295, Oklahoma, Freshman

Time is on Gallon’s side, yes it is. After what appeared on the surface to be an unimpressive freshman season at Oklahoma, Gallon went pro rather than deal with accusations that he accepted money from someone and deal with discontent with the Sooners. A common comparison for Gallon has been Glen Davis, and there is some logic to that.

They are almost identical in size and both share an affinity for the jump shot. And … well, that’s about all I see for similarities.

Davis was hailed as one of the more rare athletes to come out when he was drafted. A man his size wasn’t supposed to have the foot speed and agility that he had; this has probably served him well in his efforts to keep his weight down and be a productive player in the NBA. Gallon is a much more run of the mill big man. He’s slow and prodding, but he does reportedly have a surprisingly nice shooting touch. Offensively, Gallon’s numbers hold up nicely to Davis’ last season in college. Gallon’s FG% was 54.7, Davis’ was 48.4. Gallon’s EFG% was 55.6, Davis’ was 50.6. Gallon’s offensive rebound percentage was 13 and Davis’ was 13.4. Gallon’s defensive rebound percentage was an amazing 25.2, while Davis’ was 20.7.

So there are some numbers that really show Gallon should have been playing more minutes last season and featured more heavily. Had those things happened, we could be talking about a mid-first round talent.

But he didn’t play more, and we’re not. Why? Likely an attitude problem. There’s constant whispers this time of year about players with attitudes who don’t interview well or had trouble with their coaching staffs. Throw on the NCAA investigation and there are some knocks on Gallon. While I don’t think the NCAA stuff matters, if he had troubles with his coaches, that’s probably a red flag. He’s only 19 and he could turn it around, but if he falls to the Bucks in the second round, what are the chances he turns it around in his first stint in the league? Some guys need to be kicked around by a few teams before they get their heads on straight, especially younger guys. It doesn’t seem often that young guys drafted in the second round based on their potential work out, but perhaps I’m wrong. Maybe he’s worth a look, but I am certainly skeptical. I think he’ll be more Chris Taft (second round pick as a sophomore that seemed like a great idea as a huge upside guy, but ultimately flamed out) than Glen Davis (second round pick as a junior and developed into a player).

Gani Lawal 6-9, 235, Georgia Tech, Junior
This is the problem.

Lawal does a lot of things pretty well and is an intriguing player because of his various skills. But he doesn’t do any one thing particularly well. In other words, you can’t syphon Gani Lawal down to one NBA level skill that will keep him around. If he struggles with the size and speed of the league, he won’t make up for it by being a great shot-blocker or terrific rebounder (though he was a pretty good rebounder in college). He’ll probably just struggle.

But it’s not a guarantee that he will struggle. Lawal scored fairly effectively for his entire career, and has very good size and length for an NBA four. Playing next to Derrick Favors last season even gave him an opportunity to see what it was like to be the second option. Favors is often given the benefit of the doubt about a so-so freshman season due to poor G-Tech point guard play, so I see no reason we can’t do the same for Lawal. As a first round pick, he has his flaws. But if Lawal were to somehow drop into the Bucks laps in round two, they could do a lot worse.

Wayne Chism 6-9, 245, Tennessee, Senior
The stretch part of “stretch four”

Chism was a remarkably consistent 3-point shooter in college, shooting between 32.0 and 32.9
percent every season. Not that 32 percent is anything to write home about necessarily, but it does offer some hope that he could be an effective stretch four. Offensively, Chism’s ability to shoot the three and still shoot a high percentage on his 2-point shots gives hope that he could be an effective offensive option off the bench. He’s also a decent rebounder, though nothing special on the offensive glass, probably due to all the three’s he’s putting up. His wingspan of nearly 7’1” also gives credence to any belief that he may be able to guard opposing power forwards on the next level. Chism is likely a very late second round pick, but should draw attention if he is to go undrafted.

Jon Scheyer 6-5, 190, Duke, Senior

A lights out free throw shooter and good 3-point shooter, shooting is certainly Scheyer’s thing. Everything else may be a challenge though. He has as tiny 6’3” wing span and probably isn’t very quick, judging from his woeful sub 40% shooting from the field that I assume comes from a lack of easy baskets created by quickness. He has the Duke pedigree, his assist to turnover ratio was very impressive at 3/1 and got good experience as a captain in college, but he has loads of work to do if he wants to be an NBA player. Scheyer needs to turn himself into the very best shooter in this class if he wants a shot in the L. He’ll probably land a summer roster though.

Deon Thompson 6-8, 245, North Carolina, Senior

Another big school guy, Thompson was fairly underwhelming for four years at UNC. He’s an undrafted free agent waiting to happen. He does have good reach at a shade over 7’2”, but was only an average rebounder in college. No reason to suspect that will change in the pros.

Matt Bouldin 6-5, 225, Gonzaga, Senior

At 6-5, 225, Bouldin has great size for a point guard. He’s also a solid shooter and had an okay assist to turnover ratio at 1.8/1. He could sneak onto a roster based on his size, strength and shooting ability if he shows that he’s willing to outwork everyone else. Quality backup and third string point guards aren’t exactly a dime a dozen in the NBA, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Bouldin sneak into the late second round if he impresses in workouts. The Gonzaga point guard pedigree that has allowed him the opportunity to work with John Stockton doesn’t hurt either.

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  1. I would love Chism. He was a beast in the NCAA. I was suprised at your Crawford comments. Lots of ESPN insider content praising Crawfords ability to score. David Thorpe was very positive. I viewed Meeks as a 3 point shooter. Why so down on Crawford?

    • You know, I’m just not sure what I’m seeing different than everyone else. I need to find a way to watch more of him. I think it’s possible people are mesmerized by his tournament efforts and big scoring numbers. Of course, it’s even more possible that I’m not giving credit to Crawford for being a good creator and less of a spot-up player. The Bucks certainly need their two guards to be able to handle the ball and create. I’m willing to reexamine my position.

  2. Chism is my boy, but I don’t think he’d fit in well with the Bucks. He just seems a little on the soft side.

  3. Milwaukee_Buck

    If the Bucks could land a few of these guys on their summer roster, out the back end of the draft, it would be nice to see. Like Bouldin, Scheyer, and Chism.