Credit: Oregon Athletics

Kenny Wooten Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Kenny Wooten

Soph. 6’9″ 220 Power Forward Oregon DOB: 4/17/98
6.3 ppg 4.8 rpg 2.2 bpg FG: 58.9% FT: 67.2%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 7’2″ 

NBA Comparison: Jordan Bell/Taj Gibson

Strengths: Athleticism, Rim Protection, Agility

Weaknesses: Size, Position Fit, Raw Offensively

Wooten is known for his highlight dunks and most of his production came around the basket with 68.5% of his shot attempts coming at the rim. He is an elite athlete, both in the open floor and vertically. He immediately would be one of the better athletes in whichever professional league he begins, providing an offensive spark with big time dunks. On the fast break he is effective both defensively and offensively, running the floor well and finishing with a block or a dunk. The most pro ready aspect of his game is the ability to block shots, and Wooten did very well at this in college averaging over 2 blocks per game in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. His defense as whole is solid with Wooten guarding multiple positions at the collegiate level, and he should be able to be a high level defender as a pro. He will able to handle the amount of switches in the pro game as well, and his mobility could allow him to play more outside of the paint on both sides of the floor if his skills evolve. His length helps on defense, but with athleticism it also allows him to play taller than his listed 6’9″ height. 

He is a raw offensive prospect not having shown much offensive game outside of the paint. This concern is increased when you consider his size at 6’9″, which is comparable players that are on the wing at the NBA level. If Wooten wants to make it to the league and stick on a roster he will most likely need to expand his offensive game outside of the paint, at the very least showing a consistent mid range jump shot. He could benefit from the recent movement to small ball centers receiving significant minutes, but it will limit his ceiling if he is only able to play in that role. Wooten shot free throw attempts at 67.2% and his shooting motion is fairly solid so he should be able to improve his 31.1% on two point jump shots. Finding a role will be essential for him going forward, but if his offensive game does not improve he will need to land with a team that prefers to play at a fast pace where speed and agility are valued over size alone. 

This is an example of his ability to block shots:

Here is just one of many highlight dunks he had at Oregon:

Wooten is projected to go undrafted with the possibility of being a late second round pick if a team wants to take a gamble on the sophomore. His ceiling as a professional is a role player on a team bringing high level defense, and finishing well around the basket as an average offensive player. The worst case for Wooten is starting the season in the G League and being unable to score at a high enough level to earn minutes or a roster spot at the NBA level, causing him to head overseas or stay in the G League.

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