Frontcourt players headline this year’s stacked NBA Draft. Forwards Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle, and center Joel Embiid are all likely top five picks this year. The guard most likely to crash that party is one that many American basketball fans don’t know much about: Australia’s Dante Exum.
The 6-foot-6 Exum can play both guard positions, and will likely be the first backcourt player taken. What NBA players does he compare himself to? No one, specifically, but he borrows from two participants in this year’s Western Conference Finals, and it is a very unique combination. Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy asked Exum who he resembles on the court:
When asked which NBA players he compares himself to, Exum said that he has watched a lot of Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili among others.
“I can’t look at one player and say that’s who I play like, but I can see different traits that players have that I see: I look at Russell Westbook as that explosive point guard that can get to the rim, and also Manu Ginobili when he gets into the paint and the way he can finish,” Exum said. “It’s just looking at different players and what they can do, and how that can help my game.”
With the post-season that Westbrook is having, as well as the recent resurgence by Ginobili, those two names are sure to get fans excited.
Where do we see Exum going? Check out our mock draft.