Name: Hamidou Diallo
Position: Shooting Guard
School: Putnam Science Academy (CT)
Hometown: New York City, New York
Weight: 188 lbs.
Stats: 18.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.0 APG – 2015-16 season
Some loopholes could allow for Diallo to become a “none-and-done” player. He graduated from high school in the spring of 2016 but didn’t commit himself to any particular college. He enrolled at Kentucky in January for their spring semester and began practicing with their team as a scholarshipped redshirt player. He has since declared for the NBA Draft and never appeared in a single college game.
His game is a lot like Dwyane Wade’s. This isn’t saying he’ll be the next D-Wade, but they are very alike in many ways. Diallo is an excellent shot blocker for his position and constantly harasses the ball handler, while also having a knack for reading the opposing offense and jumping passing lanes in order to come away with steals and easy buckets at the other end of the floor. His 6’10” wingspan along with elite speed and vertical leap make Diallo a huge threat in transition, but like Wade he does struggle at times to knock down jump shots. Wade is a sub 30% three point shooter over his career – which will easily get him into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot – and Diallo has also had a poor track record when it comes to draining his jumpers.
How He Fits
If Marcus Smart does get moved in a “fireworks” type move that many people are expecting this summer, Diallo would be a great guy to plug into that spot if he’s still on the board when Boston is on the clock with the 36th overall selection. You won’t be able to give him the 30+ minutes that Smart was getting off the bench this year, but Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown have proven themselves worthy of picking up a few extra minutes in the rotation as well and this would give him playing time on a competitive team right off the bat while also having him in a low pressure role.
It seems like people are having a tough time judging Diallo and you can’t really blame them because of his unique situation. He easily could have been a one-and-done player if he played out his freshman year anywhere and some people peg him as a mid first round but others have him right in the range where the Celtics can take him with the 36th overall pick. It’s probably unlikely that he does fall that deep, but if he’s still available when Boston is on the clock early in round two then it might be a solid option.