The progression of Usman Garuba it is as meteoric as it is shocking and deserved. Full of virtues at a technical, tactical and character level, the defensive skills and intelligence on the court of this very young Spanish player have astonished an NBA that licks at the potential of a man with room for improvement in all aspects and conditions. innate physics very hard to find. Much has been said in recent times about what his position will be in the NBA Draft 2021, since a position among the first 15 selected would mean his immediate departure from Real Madrid towards a league that will be very aware of him in these Olympic Games Tokyo 2021.
The showcase for Usman is unbeatable; the most followed tournament in the entire planet when it comes to basketball and the responsibility of leading a sweet transition in Spain with respect to the Gasols. He is expected to have many minutes and could show the world his ability to perform already under pressure and take center stage on big dates. That’s what a lot of the franchises want to see that could see their position in the draft clearly improve. At the moment, ESPN’s Mock Draft places him as the 14th pick, being that choice for Golden state warriors, although the franchise that has shown the strongest interest in him thus far has been Oklahoma city thunder.
All forecasts assume that he will be between the 15th and 20th of the NBA Draft 2021
If something is clear it is that Usman Garuba He has plenty of arguments to make the jump to the NBA immediately, and that the Olympic experience will help him a lot to improve as a player. But he has not responded to Sergio Scariolo’s call as a simple young man who wants to improve, but as a proven player who has been able to be important at Real Madrid and who can contribute many things to this team. Many of the aspects that need to be improved can be polished in these weeks of concentration with some of the best players in the history of Spanish basketball, and become impeccable preparation before making the leap to the best league in the world.