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Weight: 225 lbs
Projected: 22 (CPP Big Board) 19 (CPP Mock Draft)
Background: It seems that NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel always assigns me with breaking down the tournament darlings as we move throughout this article series. Next on my list was one of this year’s tournament stars in Jordan Bell. When Chris Boucher went down with an injury in the PAC-12 tournament the Oregon Ducks called upon Jordan Bell to fill in for Boucher. Bell had big shoes to fill with one of the best shot blockers in the country going down but he seemed to be up for the challenge. Bell dominated in the NCAA tournament averaging 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks as the Ducks made it to the Final Four. Before the PAC-12 tournament, Bell was not on the NBA Draft radar but with his stellar play against the top competition NBA scouts took notice.
Strengths: Jordan Bell may not be the biggest guy but his natural instincts and 6’11 wingspan make him an elite shot blocker. He will be able to protect the rim and pull down a great number of rebounds with his size and instincts. He is extremely athletic which allows him to guard forwards or centers both in the post or on the perimeter. Bell’s offensive game is still developing but he is very comfortable with the ball in his hands and can make post moves and crisp passes to open shooters.
Weaknesses: The old school draft guys will say that Bell is a tweener because he is not fast enough to guard forwards and not big enough to guard centers. He will need to add some muscle but with today’s fluid lineups he will be able to guard and still be able to provide rim protection. On the offensive end the word I think is best is “polish” he just need consistent game reps and some work during the offseason but he is not as raw as some of the other bigs at the back end of the first round. He is closer to a finished product on the offensive end than others. Keep in mind that before Boucher’s injury, Bell was not the best front court option.
Comparison: Bismack Byombo
I became a fan of Bismack Byombo since I heard the commissioner say his phenomenal name. Byombo exploded last year when he helped the Raptors get into the conference finals and push the Cavaliers. Byombo played in that stretch just like Bell played in the NCAA Tournament. Byombo is an elite shot blocked and rebounder that can provide some scoring off rolls. Jordan Bell can be Byombo with a chance to add a midrange jumper that could push him past Byombo.
Jordan Bell used the NCAA Tournament to propel his draft stock. He is hovering around the late first round and his selection will depend on trades and fit as the first round comes to a close. Some team will get a steal in Bell as he will get a chance to show all of his stuff with more reps in the NBA.
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