Athletically, Warren is an average athlete at the small forward position. It might take time for him to adjust to NBA speed athletically based since he mainly played power forward on defense in college. However, Warren has enough athleticism to be solid at the next level.
Despite a short wing-span in the 6’9 area for a guy 6’8, he still has great height and solid build to defend small-forwards. He played primarily PF in college, and would be undersized in that role.
Warren shows a solid amount of Basketball IQ by knowing how and where to score with efficiency. He knows how to read defenses and how to find his spots on the floor. Matching his offensive Basketball IQ along with his skill-set should help him become a solid player.
It’s hard to average 25 points a game efficiently for a team in which he was the only scorer without his some skills. Warren scored his points while shooting 58% from the field. Warren plays well off the ball. He gets his shots off the picks, off of curls, slashing to mid-range, shooting floaters, and much more. Warren also shows a nice post-up game in which he is able to read/react to his opponents.
While a great scorer at the college level, Warren also shows some major concerns offensively. First off, Warren is very quick going against college power forwards, but how will he do when being guarded by opposing small forwards just as big as him. He scores several of his points off of floaters and mid-range. Will he get those shots at the next level without great one-on-one ball handling skills? In addition to below average ball-handling skills, Warren only shot 26% from college three point line.
Defensively, Warren is hard to gauge. Warren possesses average quickness for small-forward. He comes out of his stance too robotic (upright), can get easily beat off the dribble, and played for a team and coach not known for defense. Will Warren be able to become adequate at defense is the question?
Overall, Warren has a chance to be a really good scorer at the next level off the bench. He is not that great at anything else and I wonder if he can expand that. Warren is a solid athlete with a solid basketball IQ, but does not pass well, defend well, and does not rebound well for his size.
The other knock is that he only shot around 26% from three as a volume shooter. Considering he was the only real scoring option at N.C. State, will Warren be a good teammate and better shooter with more open looks at the NBA level, or was he ball-hog with a bunch of mid-range shots? Also, he'll need to adjust to playing as a role player rather than the primary option on his team.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
While the Bulls needs scorers and he has the ability to be that, I wonder if he provides the type of scoring we need. Warren can score from all over from mid-range in and should probably continue to do so. However, how well will he do when paired up against small-forwards that are as strong and quicker compared to being matched up against opposing power forwards at the college level?
To me while I would not be disappointed in the Bulls drafting Warren as I think he can carve a niche in this league, the Bulls need more impactful players in different ways. Offensively, the Bulls either need shooters or guys that can create off the dribble. The Bulls also need elite athleticism. Warren while a solid scorer and a solid fit for Coach Thibs motion offense is not impactful in the ways I feel the Bulls need in a deep draft with shooters, offensive playmakers, and size.
Overall, I would rather risk picks on someone else that I feel will contribute in different ways. I do think Warren has a chance, but psychological tests and workouts are crucial to see whether he can adapt his game to the next level. I always have concerns when a player’s strengths is scoring, but they are not a very good perimeter shooter and have pedestrian athleticism.