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37 7-3 4-10
  • With Cauley-Stein, it's all about defense. The Kentucky center was the best defensive player in the NCAA in 2015, capable of both locking down the paint as well as moving onto the perimeter to slow down opposing guards. The offense is still a work in progress, but with his high level of athleticism he should be able to find a role. Cauley-Stein may never be a star in the traditional sense, but he's the kind of guy every team would love to have as a defensive anchor potentially for the next decade.
  • Cauley-Stein is one of the best, most complete defensive players to enter the draft in a long time. He might be the most mobile 7-footer to enter the draft since Tyson Chandler in 2001, and possibly the best pick-and-roll defenders as well. He's fully capable of switching onto guards for extended period of time, as well as going into the paint and protecting the rim, which is a rare combination. Offense is more of a mixed bag, but he's good at rebounding on that end as well as getting out into transition.
  • His offensive game is a mixed bag, especially as it refers to his ball-skills. He's not much of a creator on offense, and it's doubtful that he'll ever be one. While his jump shot improved a bit this season, it's still not a weapon to be counted on consistently. Defensively, he's only an average defender on the block when compared to the rest of his skills on that end.
Mock Draft
  • Round: 1    Pick: 9

    Matt Moore's Analysis:

    Anderson Varejao can't live forever and Tristan Thompson may still be better as a four. Pairing him with WCS creates unbelievable length and athleticism.

  • Round: 1    Pick: 12

    Gary Parrish's Analysis:

    I'm higher on Cauley-Stein than most -- mostly because I know at least one of his skills (shot-blocking) will translate to the NBA level. Still, his motor doesn't run all of the time. That's an obvious concern. (Previous: 8)

  • Round: 1    Pick: 14

    Zach Harper's Analysis:

    While Alex Len was the fifth pick in a bad draft last season and Miles Plumlee has been a revelation in Phoenix this year, grabbing the best defensive big man prospect in the draft would give them a lot of insurance and options for the future. (Previous: 10)

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TOTAL 105257534658359.300-15129750.88438
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TOTAL 10525756556.2900.91151.12332.2127
Game Log
November 2014
11/14vs. Grand CanyonW 85-45236-70-00-02351142012
11/16vs. BuffaloW 71-52263-60-00-04610421226
11/18vs. KansasW 72-40213-70-01-34610131107
11/21vs. Boston UniversityW 89-65246-70-00-10221511212
11/23vs. Montana StateW 86-28181-10-03-4325102005
11/25vs. Texas-ArlingtonW 92-44173-50-02-3134121008
11/30vs. ProvidenceW 58-38255-90-01-23361002111
December 2014
12/05vs. TexasW 63-51336-110-09-1239120335021
12/07vs. Eastern KentuckyW 82-49265-80-01-21450222011
12/10vs. ColumbiaW 56-46284-70-02-355101010110
12/13vs. North CarolinaW 84-70286-90-03-63361024215
12/20vs. UCLAW 83-44204-70-00-0055014218
12/27at LouisvilleW 58-50232-50-01-2246040305
January 2015
01/06vs. Ole MissW 89-86393-80-01-44812024357
01/10at Texas A&MW 70-64261-40-02-2426053024
01/13vs. MissouriW 86-37234-70-05-61451020113
01/17at AlabamaW 70-48263-40-03-4145002019
01/20vs. VanderbiltW 65-57272-50-02-21910121316
01/24at South CarolinaW 58-43201-10-00-0044131202
01/29at MissouriW 69-53231-10-00-4123000022
01/31vs. AlabamaW 70-55284-40-04-61341400112
February 2015
02/03vs. GeorgiaW 69-58313-60-00-0325141126
02/07at FloridaW 68-61314-80-05-51452200313
02/10at LSUW 71-69297-90-01-43471231215
02/14vs. South CarolinaW 77-43226-100-02-43470202014
02/17at TennesseeW 66-48253-40-03-4257121149
02/21vs. AuburnW 110-75204-40-01-3044311219
02/25at Mississippi StateW 74-56242-40-00-0448032024
02/28vs. ArkansasW 84-67323-60-01-4459244227
March 2015
03/03at GeorgiaW 72-64242-70-00-0224122114
03/07vs. FloridaW 67-50243-60-02-5347200218
03/13vs. FloridaW 64-49212-90-05-6314132009
03/14vs. AuburnW 91-67317-90-04-62572130118
03/15vs. ArkansasW 78-63305-60-05-637100220315
03/19vs. HamptonW 79-56201-50-05-86511232027
03/21vs. CincinnatiW 64-51283-60-03-3112132109
03/26vs. West VirginiaW 78-39303-50-02-43710223118
03/28vs. Notre DameW 68-66333-50-00-0224012006
April 2015
04/04vs. WisconsinL 64-71331-40-00-0055122112