Holmes is an exciting prospect to me for a number of reasons. He is an embodiment of how the Sixers play (or maybe hope to play) both offensively and defensively. Defensive will be his bread and butter from day one. He projects to be an above avergage rim protective after avergaing 2.8 and 2.7 blocks per game in his junior and senior year respectively. He has a lot of bounce which will also help in the rebound department. He also seems to be fairly light on his feet, giving him the ability to defend stretch 4s around the arc. His motor is extremely high which will help him on both sides of the court.
Offensively, most of his points will come under the basket or on hustle plays. His ball handling skills are very poor however he did boast a reliable three point shot his senior year in college, taking 1.4 three pointers per game and hitting them at an impressive 42% clip. This bodes well for the sixers as they now have a big to compliment the trio of bigs, Noel Joel Jah, who can stretch the floor and provide the trio some room to work in the paint. His above average athelticism and motor will also be useful when the sixers try to get up and down on teams.
Having said all this, Richaun is still a second round draft pick for a reason. He's slightly undersized at 6'9, wasn't playing against the best teams in college and a lot of his talent is still untapped. It's hard to gauge just how effective he will be and when he will start to truly be a piece of the Sixer's plan moving forward, if he ever actually does become a piece of the plan, however before breaking his elbow on a hustle play to defend a breakaway in the last of the Utah games, he showed flashes of all the attributes that made him somebody that climbed draft boards.
He's by no means there yet, but he showed a number of reasons to get excited about him as a prospect and at how he will fit into the system. I'd say second rounder well spent Dark Lord Hinkie, well spent.
By: Leo Porth
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