Houston Rockets: Alperen Sengun’s ceiling
Alperen Sengun’s ceiling is All-NBA. His offensive potential gives him a chance to be a top-three power forward or center. While saying he could be the next Nikola Jokic because of his passing and scoring is tempting, it is disrespectful to Jokic and unfair to Sengun. Jokic just won an MVP with an All-Time great season and has followed that up with an even better one.
Sengun’s ceiling is a turbo-charged Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis is lethal ten feet or closer from the basket, is an excellent passer, rebounds well, and is limited defensively. Over the past three seasons, Sabonis has averaged 19.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists on 54.2-percent shooting.
Sengun, because of his free throw generating capabilities, audacious passing, and deft hands, should be able to eclipse Sabonis’s level of production. Sabonis is only 25 and already a two-time All-Star. If Sengun can match his level of production with a little extra on top, that sounds like an All-NBA quality player.
Only three players are averaging more than 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists a game. Giannis Antekounmpo, Julius Randle (he’s at 19.8 points per game), and Nikola Jokic. All three made an All-NBA team last season, and Jokic and Antekounmpo have won the last three MVPs.
Sengun’s ceiling is sky-high. It’s unlikely he’ll win an MVP, which is the case for every player, but he looks like a lock to be an All-Star and has a great chance to make an All-NBA team. Not bad for the 16th pick.