In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on BSNDenver.com and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the bottom of this story.
Josh Okogie — Shooting Guard — Georgia Tech
NBA Role: High-energy reserve who contributes everywhere
Player Comparison: A mix of Tony Allen and Aaron Afflalo
Few NBA prospects did more to help their stock than Josh Okogie at the Draft Combine last month in Chicago. The 6-foot-4 guard recorded the fastest three-quarter court sprint at the event (3.04 seconds) and tied Donte DiVincenzo for the best max vertical (42 inches). Not long after, Okogie decided to remain in the NBA Draft for good, which ended his college career after two seasons at Georgia Tech.
Athletic wings who contribute in multiple areas of the game are in high demand right now.
“That’s something the NBA is going towards,” Okogie said at his pre-draft workout with the Nuggets earlier this month. “Guys who are 6-foot-7 and guard all positions. Every workout you go to, you see kind of the same body type.”
Okogie isn’t quite that tall, but in college he showed the ability to make contributions everywhere. That versatility — a product of his athleticism and motor — is why most draft pundits consider Okogie a late first-round pick heading into the draft Thursday.