NBA draft prospects analysis: Why Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan makes sense in New Orleans

The New Orleans Pelicans hold the No. 8 pick in the upcoming draft. Over the next few weeks, we will be taking an in-depth look at New Orleans’ potential targets in our prospect profile series. First up: Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan.

One of the commonalities between the four NBA teams left standing is that they all have versatile big men.

In the East, the Boston Celtics’ roster includes Grant Williams (6-foot-6, 236 pounds) and Al Horford (6-9, 240), while the Miami Heat have P.J. Tucker (6-5, 245) and Bam Adebayo (6-9, 255).

In the West, the Dallas Mavericks feature Maxi Kleber (6-10, 245), and the Golden State Warriors employ Draymond Green (6-6, 230).

Green’s effectiveness at playing center in important moments is a significant factor in Golden State being on the verge of its sixth Finals appearance in nine years. He has also been a hugely influential player. Come playoff time, the NBA has trended away from slow-footed centers who are exploitable, and trended toward bigger players who can move their feet well like Green.

Green’s success makes it possible for someone like Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan to be a lottery pick. In his one season in Waco, Texas, Sochan’s counting numbers (9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds. 1.8 assists) were unspectacular. Yet Sochan could be a top-10 pick in next month’s draft because he is the type of big man NBA teams think they can rely on in April, May and June.…

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