Jarnell StokesHt/Wt: 6' 9" / 250 lbs
2014 Draft Profile - Jarnell StokesStrengths:
Stokes could wind up being one of the biggest steals in this draft, especially if he goes in the second round as expected. Stokes is built like a tank and knows how to use his body to get deep post position.
Once he gets the ball down low, he possesses solid footwork and a decent array of post moves to get baskets. He is not an explosive leaper so he must rely on strength and footwork, and it worked at the college level.
He is a solid passer out of the post, and has improved greatly in dealing with the double team on the block. He also worked hard in the offseason to improve his conditioning, allowing him to play more than 32 minutes per game, and he didnít sacrifice his strength in doing so.
Defensively, he is very difficult to move due to his lower body strength, and his excellent length allows him to challenge shots, despite his lack of athleticism.
His rebounding numbers are some of the best in this draft class, particularly on the offensive end, and his knowledge of how to use his body serves him extremely well in this regard.
His lack of athleticism is a little alarming as he lacks the size to consistently score over NBA level defenders. His length will help in that regard, but he will struggle to consistently overpower players in the NBA.
Defensively, he lacks lateral foot speed and quickness, which will make things very difficult on him. There are very few traditional power forwards left in the NBA, and he will struggle to guard quicker 4s out on the perimeter.
He also has no mid-range game to speak of. While it may be too much to expect him to step out to 20-feet regularly, developing a 15 foot jump shot will really help to open up his post game. And while he does have a few post moves, he will need to develop more counter-moves to consistently get baskets.
If he continues to develop, Stokes could definitely be a consistent contributor in the NBA. Not many have his pure back-to-the-basket game and his strength and length for his size is similar to Elton Brand. While it may be too much to expect a career like that, being a more offensive minded Reggie Evans or Chuck Hayes seems like a worst-case scenario at this point.
Player profile submitted by: Corey Hansford - May 14th
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