Nicolas Claxton

Height: 6-11
Weight: 220
College: Georgia
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 4/17/1999

2019 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 36
Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round
​2019 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 31 by the Brooklyn Nets

Pros:

Excels at scoring on the move
Decent low post scorer
Decent shooter, has stretch big potential
Tremendous free throw generator
Decent playmaker
Fairly good rebounder
Good defender
Gifted shot blocker
Solid athlete

 
Cons:

Inconsistent shooter
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
May have shot selection issues
Can be too passive on offense
Needs to improve his strength

 
Summary:

Nicolas Claxton is an athletic big man that could be a potential first round pick in the upcoming draft.  Having played on a losing team that lost 21 games this season, it’s been easy to overlook him since his team had been an afterthought and did not reach any of the postseason tournaments.​

But more and more NBA scouts and teams may be starting to take notice of Nicolas Claxton and his skill set.  He is a high motor big man that can handle the basketball, and he could project to be a solid rim protector and a stretch big in the NBA.  His shooting efficiency did take a hit as he was asked to create a significant load on offense, but he may have an interesting set of skills that could prove to be intriguing.  Right now, he may end up going in the late first to the second round range in the upcoming draft.

 

Links:

ESPN Draft Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

RealGM Profile

Stepien’s Article on Claxton

24/7 Sports’ Article on Claxton