This lengthy guard from France is slowly rising up draft boards.
Unlike most international players, Paul Lacombe plays with toughness and a constant drive to dominate when he gets the ball. Along with that toughness, Lacombe is a consistently smooth player with crafty ball handling skills and explosiveness around the rim.
His shooting form is perfect, and he's a deadly shooter from deep. Lacombe's mid-range skills could stand to be improved, though.
Paul Lacombe's game is clearly European modeled, but you can sense the tenacity and fearlessness in how he performs that is so sought after in the NBA.
If you compare him to Evan Fournier, another French prospect who is projected to be drafted above him, you immediately get a feel that Lacombe is the more NBA-ready player.
He reminds me of a combination of Andrei Kirilenko and Manu Ginobili—two great international players with sterling careers in the league.
Look for him to have a quiet start in the NBA, with an eruption at the end of his rookie season or beginning sophomore season—all depending on the team that selects him, of course.