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Suns GM: Bamba better than Gobert at same age

Suns GM: Bamba better than Gobert at same age
Published On: Sun, Jun 10
Apr 11, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) clutches his ankle as he tries to leave the court after being injured during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Therea€™s probably nothing Texas center Mohamed Bamba could have done in his Suns workout Saturday that would change Phoenixa€™s mind when it comes to the No. 1 pick in the June 21 draft.

At this point, with a little less than two weeks to go before the draft, University of Arizona center Deandre Ayton is the overwhelming favorite to be Phoenixa€™s selection.

Still, Bamba left a positive impression on the Suns, not only for his freakish length a€“ his 7-foot-10 wingspan was the longest ever recorded at the NBA draft combine a€“ but also for his personality and intelligence.

a€œHea€™s a super bright guy,a€ Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. a€œOne of the smarter guys Ia€™ve seen in the last 10 or 15 years come through the pre-draft process.a€

Bamba, who followed McDonough to the interview podium, then displayed that intelligence in a 13-minute session with reporters, at one point talking about the geometry of his jump shot and how he has changed his release point from a 122-degree angle to a 105-degree angle.

He then stepped away from the podium to show how his shot has changed, from the release point to the positioning of his right elbow. Somewhere, by now, the tutorial has probably been downloaded onto YouTube.

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