2020 Player Breakdowns

Isaac Okoro Breakdown


Unfortunately Okoro falls into the “only if he can shoot” category.  He wasn’t good at catch-and-shoot opportunities sporting a .733 points per possession which ranks 18th percentile.  A lot of his missed threes were bad misses that weren’t straight on.  He didn’t take many intermediate shots or floaters.  He rarely took any off the dribble, off balance and midrange jump shots.  He shot 67% from the free throw line.  And the only major indicator of shooting success that I saw was his touch around the rim.  It’s tricky grading players like Okoro because they do so well at everything else but without shooting it’s tough to thrive in the NBA. 

Okoro was one of the best wings in this class at drawing fouls at the rim.  He’s tough to contain live-dribble due to his good first step, strong push crossover, leverage and strength.  He’ll use his chest to jostle for space on his drives, get underneath the defender, hold off his man then shed the defender at the rim.  He was however mostly a straight line driver with not much shiftiness in the lane which could get him in trouble at times committing charges.  He also needs to be more verse in his approach to finishing whether that’s more off-speed or one step gathering.  He really liked to leap off two feet at the rim since it contributed to more power even though he was still a powerful finisher jumping off his left foot.  Okoro was also a pretty versatile passer creating out of the pick-and-roll, on the move downhill or with anticipation.  He could sense the opening on the margins, freeze defenders with his drive and pass with vision to the short corner.  Ultimately Okoro will need to put a lot of time into improving his jump shot.


Probably one of the best on ball defenders in this class.  He may struggle at times verse jitterbug guards but outside of that is pretty sound.  He has good overall fundamentals by staying low, using his powerful base/butt as an anchor, nice mirroring, sturdy armbar, good center of gravity, stays active and flips hips.  He does a good job redirecting, funneling and flattening out drives.  He can force a player who thinks they have a driving angle to pick up their dribble, pass out and reset the offense.  He has great potential to be a 1 through 5 defender due to his on-ball prowess.  He’ll also maintain his discipline to finish off the possessions by not biting on fakes and timing his jump for a block.  He was really good at staying connected to dribble penetration then getting blocks at the rim.  It’s not like Okoro has a massive wingspan either, he blocks well through strength, broad shoulders, leverage and timing.  His team defense is positive but can be muddled at times.  He’ll drop too far from his man looking to disrupt the action without adjusting for subsequent help or just over helping the ball handler’s side becoming late on the recovery in the process.  He’ll stick to his own on the perimeter becoming a split second behind on his rotation or he won’t fill middle all together.  Fortunately he has the straight line speed to recover end to end in a timely fashion.  Okoro still makes good team defense reads like seamlessly making off-ball switches, covering his teammates failed assignment or making third level defensive rotations.  Overall he needs to be more conscientious of secondary actions and retaining ball-and-man principles.

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