The Los Angeles Clippers have added Michigan forward Moussa Diabate with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Moussa Diabate
Pro Comparison: Usman Garuba
Scouting Report: Diabate's game and projected role are well defined, as he'll be called on to rim run, score in the post, protect the basket and switch defensively.
Moussa Diabate: Rookie Scale Contract
Paul George, SG: $44.1M (2025)
Kawhi Leonard, SF: $44.1M (2025)
Norman Powell, SG: $18M (2026)
Marcus Morris Sr., SF: $16M (2024)
Luke Kennard, SG: $14M (2025)
Robert Covington, $12M (2024)
Terance Mann, SG: $1.4M (2023)
Reggie Jackson, PG: $10.8M (2023)
Ivica Zubac, C: $7M (2023, Team Option)
Jason Preston, PG: $1.5M (2024)
Brandon Boston Jr., SG: $1.4M (2024)
Rodney Hood, SF: UFA
Isaiah Hartenstein, C: UFA
Amir Coffey, SG, RFA
Moses Wright, F: RFA
Xavier Moon, SG: RFA
Jay Scrubb, SG: RFA
Nicolas Batum, SF: UFA
Diabate was overlooked at times with the Wolverines last season, averaging just 9.0 points in 24.9 minutes per game. He still came through with 6.0 rebounds per game, including a team-high 2.4 on the offensive end, on his way to earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Scouts are still more interested in the upside for the 6'9" forward with good athleticism and the ability to run the floor.
With a 7'3" wingspan, Diabate posted the second-highest vertical reach at the NBA draft combine (12'2"). His shuttle run (2.90 seconds) and max vertical jump (36.5 inches) also turned heads.
The former 5-star recruit might not be an immediate contributor at the next level, but he is loaded with upside.