Walker Kessler, born on July 26, 2001), his hometown is located in Newnan, Georgia, USA. American basketball professional player, joined the NBA in July 2022, was selected by the Timberwolves with the 22nd pick in the first round of the draft (the draft template is Ernes Turner/Cole Aldridge), and serves as a center.
Location: C (No. 24)
Height: 2.16 meters / 7 feet 1
Weight: 111 kg/245 lbs
Team: Utah Jazz
Draft: the 22nd pick in the first round of 2022
Walker Kessler was born into a basketball family. His elder brother played college basketball, his father had overseas playing experience, and his uncle played in the NBA for 4 years. He is also a mobile and flexible big man himself, who emerged in high school. As a top 20 potential high school student in the 2020 class, he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team. Skyler originally joined the University of North Carolina, averaging 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 8.8 minutes per game in his rookie season. He then chose to transfer to Auburn University, played one of the best shot-blocking seasons in college history, and won the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year title.
In his sophomore season, he averaged 25.6 minutes per game, 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game.
1. Although Skyler got some shots in the penalty area and outside the three-point line, his best part was finishing after receiving the ball.
2. His presence provides teammates with goals for alley-oops and lob passes. Skyler is one of the best dunk players in college, and he also shows good touch with both hands.
3. Although his jump shooting ability still needs to be developed, his coordination with the ball and his ability to make simple passes make him more versatile in tactics.
1. Skyler performed well on the defensive end. He was able to block shots close to the basket and hitting the basket, and created two triple-double records of 10+ blocks.
2. He performed better than others when dealing with switching defenses, but when he faced the impact of the big man’s penalty area, Skyler allowed the opponent to only score 0.70 points per round through 1-on-1, surpassing 70% of colleges players.