2016 NBA Draft: Ben Bentil scouting report
Ben Bentil 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Ben Bentil scouting report
Ben Bentil looked like the better player at times this season for Providence compared to lottery pick Kris Dunn. The sophomore averaged 21.1 points per game while scoring from all areas of the court. For teams looking for a modern day small ball big man, Bentil checks most of the boxes.
Click through the slides for Bentil's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Bentil has what teams look for in a modern day small ball center with his ability to play different positions and score from different levels of the floor. Bentil shot just 32.4 percent in two years at Providence, but he has clean mechanics and should realistically develop into a three-point shooter. If he does, he could be a tough cover for lumbering bigs that have to venture out to the perimeter.
Bentil’s feel for the game is lacking. At times he’ll put his head down like a running back bulldozing into the end zone, except Bentil fumbles far too frequently He’s also underwhelming as a rebounder, partially due to his average length (7-foot-2 wingspan), despite playing with so much energy.
Bentil will need to make strides as a passer to be an ideal fit for the Celtics. All of their bigs can pass effectively, but Bentil doesn’t have great vision. If the Celtics bring him in for a pre-draft workout they’ll get a better idea of his ability, but his up-and-down performance at the NBA Combine didn’t do anything to squash any concerns.
Bentil could go anywhere from the mid-first to the mid-second. The Celtics will likely get a shot at him at No. 23, but considering his NBA skill-set it’s hard to see him slipping into the second round.
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