With the NBA and college season in full swing, it's an ideal time to look at how the draft stock of Chet Holmgren, Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard have fluctuated for the 2022 NBA draft.
Starting with Holmgren, the freshman has maintained his position as a top-two pick in the NBA draft and is battling Duke’s Paolo Banchero for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
At nearly 7 feet tall with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Holmgren is an agile and lanky center who dominates lower levels of play and is an absolute force as a shot blocker. His quickness and agility are outstanding and he has great anticipation in addition to being very quick off his feet.
Despite that, a lot of scouts still focus on Holmgren's weight and speculate that he doesn’t have a frame that’ll add weight easily. Despite his lack of strength, he controls the paint on the defensive end and is a legit rim protector.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman notes that Holmgren’s 3-point shooting ability is a natural fit for today’s NBA and could be one of his primary ways of scoring the ball at the next level.
The Minnesota native is averaging 13 points, eight rebounds and over three blocks a game while shooting 61% from the field and 35% from deep.
As for Timme, he has increased his stock since his impressive March Madness run last season. Before that run, he was projected to be undrafted and wasn't listed on the ESPN draft boards. Now, Timme is projected by ESPN as a second-round prospect, becoming one of the prominent stars on one of the nation's best teams helped his cause.
So far this season, his stock has stayed the same despite having his stats dip from last season where he averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and shooting 65.5% from the field. This might be due to the addition of Holmgren and Timme moving back to his original power-forward position. But, the Texan is still a huge factor for this Zag team.
NBA.com’s Rafael Barlowe mentioned how Timme has morphed into a young Kevin McHale in his sophomore and junior years with the Zags. He also noted that he has displayed advanced footwork, soft-touch, passing and an arsenal of low post moves. He also stated that the next step for him is to become a consistent threat from deep to improve his draft stock.
Barlowe still expects Timme to rise in the rankings, but as of right now, ESPN still lists him as the 54th pick in the draft while Bleacher Report has him as the 44th pick.
NBA Draft analyst Matt Babcock from BasketballNews.com said that if Timme applies himself this upcoming season, there’s no doubt he can reach that NBA dream.
“I really like Timme as a player overall,” Babcock said in his analysis. “Offensively, he has terrific footwork, touch with both hands, and a knack to put the ball in the hole.”
His talent on the offensive side has been clear since his freshman year, and he is expected to continue getting better.
Although there are a couple of things that Timme can improve upon, Babcock said he believes he will continue to improve and have a good chance at hearing his name in the 2022 NBA Draft.
“I have confidence that his strengths will translate," Babcock said. "I think that he’ll be able to adapt and expand his game to fit the modern-day NBA. I have no doubt in mind that if Timme applies himself that he’ll play in the NBA for a long time.”
Timme is averaging 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and shooting 60.6% from the field.
Last but certainly not least is Nembhard, who could’ve been drafted after his sophomore year with the Florida Gators but decided to transfer to Gonzaga.
After a season playing back-up to Jalen Suggs last season and his impressive March Madness run, he is looking for a chance to be drafted after his senior year.
“Andrew Nembhard might not have the high ceiling of some of the other guards in this draft, but he has a high floor,” said ESNY’s beat reporter Danny Small in his analysis of Nembhard. “Nembhard is one of the most poised point guards in the country and he’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent on the big stage at Gonzaga.”
Small also believed that Nembhard is a potential first-round pick in this year's draft as early as pick No. 14. He also stated that he is a true point guard and one of the best passers in his class.
Nembhard is averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals a game this season.