2016 NBA Draft: Timothe Luwawu scouting report
Timothe Luwawu 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Timothe Luwawu scouting report
Timothe Luwawu is a 20-year-old wing from France who currently playing for Mega Leks in Europe’s Adriatic League. Luwawu projects as a 3-and-D (shooting and defense) style wing, though he’s made significant strides in other areas of his game.
Click through the slides for Luwawu's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Luwawu is an ideal situation with Mega Leks, since they provide him the opportunity to play through his mistakes and try things he normally wouldn’t do for other high-level European squads.
With those opportunities he’s shown off athleticism, which has led to a number of high-flying dunks. He’s an average ball handler, but he has a quick first step and the potential to create off the bounce. Because of his improved shooting (35.8 percent from three), he also projects as a player that can attack closeouts.
Luwawu plays relentlessly as a defender. He has a thin frame, but has good length and plays stronger than he looks. He moves his feet quickly and could develop into a player that defends both guard spots and some small forwards.
The issue for Luwawu is that he’s still extremely raw on offense. His shooting mechanics are average and there is doubt that he’ll translate his stroke to the NBA. If that doesn’t happen, then it’ll limit his driving lanes. This is already problematic considering his limitations as a ball handler, so it’s crucial that he continue to make strides as a shooter.
Most of Luwawu’s other flaws revolve around his fundamentals. On offense he tries to do too much, so he’ll need to turn down his intensity as a young role player in the NBA. And on defense he might flash potential, but he gets lost off-ball and tends to be too aggressive.
Luwawu projects as a solid overall fit for the Celtics. Provided his shooting translates, Stevens could initially use him in a spot up shooting role on offense. Behind the scenes, the Celtics coaching staff could work with him on his ball handling to take advantage of his already impressive athleticism.
The Celtics already have R.J. Hunter and James Young at wing, but the chances could be there for Luwawu -- especially over Young. But Luwawu would still need to learn how to play under control, which would probably limit his opportunities early on.
NBA teams and scouts are split on Luwawu. Some have him ranked as a high lottery pick. Others have him as a late first-rounder, so it’s difficult to project where Luwawu will be selected.
Either way, the No. 3 pick is a bit too high to select Luwawu. But there is a chance he slides all the way to No. 16, which would minimize any risk attached to grabbing him.
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