James Nnaji

Updated on 11/4/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-10
Weight: 199
Country: Nigeria
Professional Team: FC Barcelona
Classification: International ‘04
Birthdate: 8/14/2004

Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket
Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Good rebounder
Solid defender
Very good shot blocker
Solid athlete

Cons:

Must extend his shooting range
Needs to improve his face-up game
Bad free throw shooter
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
May be fairly raw offensively
Can be foul prone
Needs to get stronger

Summary:

James Nnaji is an athletic, energetic big man that can shore up a team’s interior to help his team on both sides of the ball.  He doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of perimeter skills, but he is an athletic finisher that can also rebound, defend, and block shots.  He currently projects to be a solid candidate to go in the late first round of the 2023 draft.

Links:

RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Games Scouted:
5/16/21 FC Barcelona B vs. Gran Canaria B
10/28/22 Barca vs. Milano

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