Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Of all the players who went undrafted in 2013, Kabongo is perhaps the most surprising.
When Bill Simmons asked analyst Jay Bilas which player he was surprised hadn’t been drafted late in the second round of ESPN’s broadcast, Kabongo was one of the first names listed. He’s a raw basketball player, but the talent and athleticism are clearly there.
He's not NBA-ready, but he has a high ceiling.
Kabongo played 37.3 minutes per game for Texas last season. He averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists, five rebounds and two steals per game. On the negative side, he was careless with the ball, averaging 3.4 turnovers. He also shot just 41.8 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from the three-point line.
As with any young player, Kabongo has his positives and negatives. Regardless, Bilas isn’t the only person who was surprised the young guard went undrafted.
The Miami Heat are pretty well off at point guard with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Nevertheless, adding Kabongo to the fray would give the team another playmaker around LeBron and Wade.
He’ll have to raise eyebrows in the NBA Summer League and outplay teammates like Larry Drew II, but Kabongo has a chance to prove every team wrong for passing on him in the 2013 draft.