Could the OKC Thunder strike on another underrated Kentucky Guard?
Wait, there is another high-profile Kentucky Guard with elite-level hair that wears the number 22 and might be a tad overlooked? Sign me up. While that is where the comparisons to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander end for Cason Wallace, he is still an interesting option for the OKC Thunder at pick 12.
Cason Wallace was able to thrive in the half-court offense, which is impressive at the college level, given the literal lack of spacing on the court. Wallace shot 43 percent in the half-court setting while posting 0.911 points per possession and dominating after time-outs to the tune of a point per possession, ranking in the 80th percent in that category.
Wallace navigated the pick-and-roll at a high clip as a ball handler, being placed in the 70th percentile thanks to his ability to break down the defense with a heightened feel for the game. The 19-year-old averaged 11 points, four assists, and two steals per game while shooting 34 percent from three.
Cason Wallace turned in an effective field goal percentage of 52 percent on catch-and-shoot opportunities and an impressive 64 percent of his shots at the rim.
As you pair that with his hustle, off-ball defense as a disrupter, and potential to develop into a high-level point of attack defender, it allows you to see how Cason Wallace can help the OKC Thunder at the 12th overall pick if the Kentucky guard is still on the board.