Kai Sotto

Updated on 4/20/21.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 7-2
Weight: 225
Country: Philippines
Professional Team: Adelaide
Classification: Non-College Draft Prospect
Birthdate: 5/11/2002

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker for his size
Good rebounder
Good shot blocker
Above average athlete
Has good hands

Cons:

Must improve his face-up game
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Needs to improve his passing ability
Can be too passive on offense
Needs to improve his defense
Needs to add strength
Missed a full season of basketball

Summary:

Kai Sotto is an tall, agile big man that could project to be a defensive specialist in the NBA.  He can rebound and block shots, and he will look to protect the paint to help his team defensively.  He also has some post up skills due to possessing deft footwork and shooting touch in the paint, but he will need extend his range and improve his ability to knock down shots when he is further away from the basket. 

After leaving the Orlando bubble to try to take part in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers to help the Philippines, those games ended up getting cancelled. Since then, he and the G-League Ignite mutually parted ways, as it was well into the NBA G-League season when he made the return trip to the United States. Recently, Sotto signed a multi-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL to play professionally in Australia for the 2021-22 season.

Currently, Sotto projects to be a second round prospect for the 2022 draft. It was unfortunate that he couldn’t get into meaningful basketball games this year given his current situation, but luckily for him, he managed to latch on with a solid team in a tough professional league overseas in Australia, and playing well there could bode well for his development. If things break his way, he could move up draft boards next year to increase his odds to get drafted and to play in the NBA in the future.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Rappler’s Article and Update on the Sotto Saga Involving the G-League Ignite
Rappler’s Article on Sotto Parting Ways with the G-League Ignite
ESPN’s Article on Sotto Signing with Adelaide in the NBL

Games Scouted:
7/3/19 Philippines vs. Serbia

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