Kevin Seraphin (France)
6'9, 260 lbs., PF (Age:20)
Seraphin is a 6'9 European post player with great size, athletic ability, and toughness. He came out of nowhere a couple of years ago to establish himself as a great low post threat as an 18 year old. While still raw, and in a draft with many great big-men prospects, Seraphin is one of the few that has a true low post game.
Seraphin is a force down low, especially given his age. He has a chiseled 6'9, 260lb body and uses it effectively. Seraphin pins his defender down low uses an array of moves to score including spins to the basket, jump hooks with either hand, and short fadeaway jumpers. However, Seraphin will need to add more counter moves and further extend his jumper out to 15 feet. He does have great footwork down low and at least shows the desire to add a jumper.
Outside of his post game, Seraphin is quite raw. He is still in development in terms of understanding the overall game. Outside of adding a spot-up jumper, he also needs to work on passing, ball handling, and overall court awareness. However, Seraphin appears to have the work ethic to continue to develop in these areas. He also sets strong screens and presents a good target on lob plays.
Defensively, Seraphin improved considerably. He has a good motor and is a mainstay in the middle. Height-wise, he is a little undersized at the center position, but he has a great wingspan. Seraphin is still improving in terms of timing on blocking shots but is solid in that regards. He clogs up the middle with his size and controls the ball glass. Although he needs to improve his pick-and-roll defense, he has great recovery speed.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Right now, Seraphin is still raw and should at least make an impact as a player with good size to clog up the middle, get rebounds, and finish dunks and lay-ups off of set-up plays or penetration. While showing great promise, it may take several years to see his true game on offense, and anytime a player needs a few years a high level of risk is involved. However, for a player of his size and motor, he is a unique talent.
Right now, his strengths, skill set, motor, and size, could put him in the top 10, but his status as a project could land him anywhere from late lottery to late first round. His game reminds me of Al Horford with a better low post game, but not quite as advanced in terms of basketball I.Q. or defense.
How does his game fit in with the Bulls?
His game is what the Bulls sorely lack in terms of size down low along with being a good athlete. He would be a great option in setting picks for either Rose or an eventual shooter. Eventually he could be a great low-post threat offensively while being a great pairing next to Noah. Even if we get another power forward in the draft, I am all about adding this guy if available and Paul George and Ekpe Udoh are off the board.
To me, I like him more than a player such as Kyle Orton because he provides size, does not have question marks as a teammate or motor, and has more talent and speed. It is said that he has a good work-ethic, which to me is also a selling point in that he will work on his game. Right now, I think he will be there at 17, and I am not passing him up unless Paul George is there, as this guy will be a steal.