NBA Draft: Jonathan Kuminga flying under the radar for Detroit Pistons

Jonathan Kuminga (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Jonathan Kuminga
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Detroit Pistons draft picks: NBA Draft prospect Jonathan Kuminga

When it comes to Jonathan Kuminga, his biggest strength and weakness might be the same thing.

Kuminga will be only 18 years old at the time of the draft, so he is one of the youngest players and a very raw prospect who might take a few years to make an impact in the NBA.

The flip side to that is that Kuminga has already played a year in the G-League, where he showed that he can compete and succeed against NBA-level talent and grown adults and HE IS ONLY 18 YEARS OLD!

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Very few players this age come into the league with a year of professional experience, so although Kuminga is raw, he is actually ahead of the curve for his age.

He has plus size for a small forward at 6-foot-8, 210 lbs. and he may not even be done growing yet and will certainly put on more strength.

He is an elite athlete who can jump out of the gym and averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in his first season in the G-League.

He has the skills and size to be an elite wing defender, which is something that every team needs.

His issues all revolve around shooting and offensive skill, as Kuminga shot just 38 percent in the G-League and a god-awful 24 percent from long range on five attempts per game.

These numbers don’t inspire hope that he will eventually be at least a league-average 3-point shooter, but if he can, Kuminga will end up being the best wing in this draft as he projects to be good at just about everything else.

The hope is that he becomes the next Kawhi Leonard but the fear is that he’ll be the next Stanley Johnson. So how would he fit on the Detroit Pistons?