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2016 Houston Rockets Draft Prospect Series: Isaia Cordinier

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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The 2016 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday June 23rd with the Houston Rockets selecting 37th and 43rd. With that Space City Scoop is featuring a Draft Prospect Series covering 60 of the top ranked prospects. Next up is Isaia Cordinier

Draft Prospect:

Specifics:

  • Height: 6’5 “
  • Weight: 177
  • Country: France, Creteil
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Age: 19.5
  • Reach: 8’6.5″
  • Wingspan: 6′.8″
  • College or Pro League: International: Denain
  • Stat line:  33 Games, 10.8  Points Per Game, 3.7 Rebounds Per Game, 2.0 Assists Per Game

Current Rank:

Please note, the rankings below come from the most up to date versions as the time of writing. That said not all the mock drafts provide second round ranks or updates often only extend to the end of the first round.

Therefore, if you check a ranking and note the number has changed it’s likely due to updates and a shift in the rankings.

ESPN Chad Ford: 44

 

Draft Express: 40

NBA Scott Howard Cooper: 43

Bleacher Report: 52

The Skills:

Though limited to having played exclusively in the French league he’s developed some extremely strong assets. The top of these skills would be his shooting mechanics which allows him to hit spot-up three point shots and hit from the field with an easy natural shot.

In addition he mixes in the ability to drive and slash and shows great physicality since he’s a great athlete which allows him the ability to jump off either foot (or both) and throw down the occasional dunk.

What he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm and a high motor. He never backs down from contact or difficult defensive situations. He has shown growth in his pace (i.e. changing speeds/direction), but will need to continue to grow in this area which he’ll naturally do with more time on the court.

Weaknesses:

Age and lack of experience would be the biggest deterrents for Cordinier.   He’s a rangy athlete who hasn’t grown into his body yet and some scouts have questioned how much he’ll be able to fill out. Though the NBA is leaning toward small ball that hasn’t translated to the guard position as teams  look for taller guards to offset their smaller front courts. Given that Cordinier does pose some questions in terms of his size and whether he can add the bulk (strength) necessary to defend his position let alone other positions.

While he has demonstrated some strong offensive qualities he still needs to expand his repertoire to include catch and shoot jumpers and learn how to create more space off his dribble.

Honors and Awards:

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The Fit:

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He’s definitely in the group of grab and stash prospects with the potential to develop into a solid contributing prospect down the road.

Given that and the position he occupies it’s doubtful the Rockets would waste a draft pick on him.

Then again if GM Daryl Morey has intent to keep roster spots open he might shock everyone by drafting players who won’t be seen at the Toyota Center next season.  That said, one would assume Morey would be more likely to draft older rookies with established skills who could become contributing players on the roster.

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