NBA Draft Sleeper: Robert Upshaw
Size: 7’0 | 255lbs | Age: 21
Robert Upshaw is one of the most talented big men in the NBA Draft, but most mock drafts have him selected in the second round or not drafted at all. The seven-footer was dismissed from the University of Washington for a continued violation of team rules. Before his dismissal, Upshaw was first in the nation averaging 4.5 blocks per game. Robert is the type of player that can immediately contribute to a NBA team on the defensive end, and will be a force on the glass. His trouble adapting to the NBA game will come offensively, where he struggles shooting and his post-up game leaves a lot to be desired. He will be a one-trick pony his first few years in the Association, limited to slam-dunks and alley-oops (think DeAndre Jordan and JaVale McGee). He will need to put forth the effort on the offensive end to become an all-around force and potentially a NBA star.
- Size (7.5 ft wingspan)
- Great shot blocker
- Great on the boards
- Athletic for size
- Defensive force
- High potential
- Poor shooter
- Terrible on the charity stripe (43% at UW)
- Has zero low-post moves- relies on athleticism
- Very questionable character-kicked off of two college teams
While Upshaw’s potential screams top ten worthy, the biggest issue scouts see with Upshaw has nothing to do on the basketball court. Upshaw has some maturity issues and has been kicked off of two college programs (Fresno St. and Washington) hence why he may drop out of the first round all together. In our most recent mock draft, I have Upshaw being selected at the end of round one to the best team and situation he could ask for, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs culture and locker room would be exactly what Upshaw needs, and they can show him how to be a true pro.
Whichever team selects Upshaw, the are getting a talented kid who needs to be shown the way. If he puts forth the effort and is committed to succeeding at the next level, Upshaw will be the steal of the draft.
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Dan Schalk studies the NBA Draft for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk