Washington Wizards 2020 NBA Draft: Precious Achiuwa profile

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Precious Achiuwa: Weaknesses

Precious Achiuwa is absolutely booming with potential, but he’s raw in a lot of areas. He’s at his best when he runs the floor in transition and finishes with highlight dunks. But he misses a lot of bunnies around the basket because he lacks touch at the rim. He’s still learning how to maneuver his body in traffic to finish with finesse. Achiuwa gets blocked way too often because he’s predictable with his strong hand. Bigs in the NBA defend the rim at an elite level, so he’ll have to find a go-to post move and work on finishing with his left if he wants to be effective.

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Occasionally, Achiuwa will play fast and out of control because he’s a little overconfident in his ball-handling. This leads to careless turnovers and horrible shot attempts. At the next level, he needs to play within his limits and not do too much. The Wizards are trying to make it back to the playoffs next season, so they won’t put up with many growing pains. He’ll have to get acclimated quickly if he wants to stay on the court. Too many mistakes and Washington will cut his minutes in a heartbeat.

Although Achiuwa does have the ability to stretch the floor and knock down a three-pointer every once in a while, his shooting is not his strong suit. He’s capable of knocking jumpers down when given space, but he struggles with a hand in his face. His free throw percentage wasn’t great during his time at Memphis, either. In six attempts per game, Achiuwa shot 60 percent from the charity stripe. This number has to rise, or else teams will implement a Hack-A-Achiuwa strategy.