For a Golden State Warriors team that is facing the prospect of losing Kevin Durant and is leaning heavily on an aging Andre Iguodala as a reserve wing, KZ Okpala of Stanford could be an injection of new blood for the Dubs.
At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Okpala logged a 7-foot-1¾ wingspan at the combine last month to go with a 37-inch vertical, while also showing some strength with nine repetitions on the bench press.
Okpala really improved as a 3-point shooter as a sophomore, hitting 36.8 percent on 3.0 attempts per game, but will need to work to stretch his range out to NBA range.
He averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and can function as a drive-and-kick player and can be very difficult to stop when he drives to the rim.
Defensively, he can struggle against quick ball-handlers who can drive and doesn’t rack up the steals and blocks one might expect from a player of his length.
He will need to add strength to defend at the NBA level.