A strong, athletic and lengthy forward, Lawal has been able to use his physical tools to gain the advantage over whoever guards him. He spends the majority of his time in the post, where he is capable of making short turnaround jumpers and finishing strong around the basket.
In regards to his post play, he has the ability to create just enough space for himself to get off a comfortable look. His touch around the rim has seemed to improve, and he has shown signs of being able to use both hands (though limited with the left, he's getting better) in the paint.
His activity level in the interior is very high, as his high motor and athleticism both contribute to his 8.5 rebounds per game. Impressive considering he plays next to another skilled big man in Derrick Favors and he also scores a lot of baskets on put backs.
He has a strong frame, an NBA body, and plays physical on both sides of the ball. He does a good job at drawing contact and getting to the line, and he runs the floor well for his size, making a habit of beating his man down the floor.
Defensively, his physical play and long wingspan help him contest shots, contributing to his effectiveness defending the post.
HHR Analysis: A local product that could boost interest in a lagging fanbase, he will also play strong in the paint, which Atlanta will need to battle the bigger teams of the NBA.