Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Udoka Azubuike
Pro Comparison: Daniel Gafford
Scouting Report: Despite the big-man revolution with centers now shooting and switching, there is still a role for Azubuike with his lob-catching and shot-blocking. He takes up an enormous amount of air space around the basket to finish and protect the rim.
Mike Conley, PG: $30.5M (2021)
Rudy Gobert, C: $25.5M (2021)
Bojan Bogdanovic, SF: $18.3M (2023)
Joe Ingles, SF: $14M (2022)
Royce O'Neale, SF: $9M (2024)
Ed Davis, PF: $4.9M (2021)
Donovan Mitchell, SG: $3.6M (2021)
Tony Bradley, C: $2.1M (2021)
Georges Niang, SF: $1.7M (2021)
Nigel Williams-Goss, PG: $1.6M (2022)
Miye Oni, SG: $1.4M (2022)
Udoka Azubuike, C: Rookie scale contract (2024)
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG: UFA
Jarrell Brantley, F: RFA
Jordan Clarkson, G: UFA
Justin Wright-Foreman, PG: RFA
Juwan Morgan, PF: RFA
Rayjon Tucker, SF: RFA
Utah was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last year, but there is a talented core led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Azubuike adds some depth inside and the ability to contribute right away with his defensive ability in the post. Putting him alongside Gobert will make this team incredibly difficult to score against in 2020-21 and beyond, potentially helping the squad make a deeper run in the postseason.