Bamba's Blocks

Mo Bamba was an elite college shot-blocker. But does that mean he’ll be an elite NBA defender? Contributor Dylan Murphy reviews Bamba's help defense, and how it might translate to the pros.

At this time of year, teams are diving deep into their big remaining questions, doing as much work as they can (whether in personal workouts or detailed film study) to try to increase their confidence as much as possible in their draft evaluations. In that spirit, Cleaning the Glass will bring you one article a day until the draft, from myself or a contributor, focusing on a big question about a top prospect.

Today’s article comes from contributor Dylan Murphy. Dylan is a former G League Scout with the Atlanta Hawks and Assistant Coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. You can find more of his writing at The Basketball Dictionary, and can follow him on Twitter @DylanTMurphy.

It’s easy to see why Mo Bamba’s potential as a defender is so intriguing to NBA teams. His 7-foot-10 wingspan set a record at the combine and he averaged 4.9 blocks per 40 minutes this past season at Texas…

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