Ledo is one of the most intriguing talents in the draft. Ledo has great handles, good, fluid athlete, shooter (albeit streaky), and has defensive potential. The concern is can Ledo overcome maturity concerns after not playing in a year and not playing college basketball or overseas.
Athletically, Ledo possesses many great traits for a shooting guard. In terms of speed, build, and ability, he is a solid athlete at the shooting guard position. The issue is he is not in shape and might not use the best of his athletic ability. Working with a team/trainer for a year will likely increase his natural athletic ability.
After not playing college basketball, Ledo is probably going to struggle with the physicality of the NBA. While he has nice height at 6’6, he does not have much muscle on his frame and is severely out of shape after coming into camp overweight for a NBA prospect. If he can get in shape, Ledo possesses nice size to go along with solid athletic ability.
Basketball IQ and Will
There are many questions about Ledo and his will to win. While Ledo is very skilled with great handles and a streaky shot, he also transferred school four times in high school and did not play any other form of team basketball. While having the whole year off and knowing that he might be trying to play for money, he came into the camps woefully out of shape. Combine this with his inability to gain eligibility for college, you have to wonder whether he's a hard worker.
As mentioned, Ledo is very skilled with good athletic ability. However, Ledo seems to prefer flash over simple game correlation. Does he have enough basketball IQ to match his skill-set? Being out a year, how long will it take Ledo to adjust to the speed of the NBA? Will he have enough versatility to provide productivity over flashy plays that can mask his deficiencies?
Ledo offers great offensive versatility at the next level. Ledo probably has some of the best handles in this draft at the two guard or even point guard spot. Once getting past defenders, He offers a variety of moves including floaters, finishing at the rack, or the mid-range pullup. Ledo does show promise as a shooter, but lacks consistency which isn't unusual for his age. When getting into the lane, he also shows some versatility to pass the ball out as well as score.
While obviously offensively skilled, questions over his consistency and understanding of the game mar his status especially after not playing in college basketball which makes him among the least experienced players in the draft since the one and done rule came into play.
Defensively, it will take time for him to learn the NBA Game. He's not known for toughness or defensive minded mentality and will take a couple years to build up an NBA physique. Will he be mature enough to add this to his game, his build, and develop the proper mentality?
Overall, there are not many offensive talents in this draft. He has a game similar to Jamal Crawford. The questions are do all his red flags override his potential? These are questions NBA Front Offices will have to do research. While I think he could certainly make an impact in this league, many players with his type of red flags usually don’t make it through the responsibility of playing in the NBA/home lifestyle and such.
How does he fit the Bulls
While his skill-set fits the Bulls to a T and while the Bulls need more ball-handling creators on this team, I just don’t know if I see Ledo making an impact quickly for this type of team. I also don’t think Coach Thibs will play him much due to questionable basketball habits.
While I do think Ledo can make the league, I think it will take him a good 3-4 years to fully be ready in my opinion. By time this happens, can the Bulls afford him for what he produces? Will it be too late for the Bulls Title Run? To me his red-flags from observation scare me from giving him guaranteed money as any pick in the draft!
Overall, I think Ledo will likely move-up in this draft as he is one player later in the draft that provides significant upside with his offensive skill set and athletic potential. However, Ledo has many big-time red-flags and I have serious concern if he can be mature enough to take advantage of his gifts.
For me, I hope he is already picked by time the Bulls pick so we can focus on a different player and pushing a good player down the draft. If Ledo pans out, you have a very good player at the next level. I just think it will take time and he will not be an immediate contributor.