NBC analyst on Yves Pons: He's 'the best athlete and the best defender' in 2020 NBA Draft class
Tennessee G Yves Pons has yet to make a 2020 NBA Draft decision, but at least 1 analyst is high on what Pons brings to the table.
In his recent 2020 NBA Mock Draft, NBC analyst Rob Dauster had Pons being taken No. 32 overall (the second pick in the second round).
In his explanation of the pick, Dauster fawned over Pons’ athleticism and defensive versatility:
Pons is the best athlete and the best defender in this entire 2020 NBA mock draft class. You often hear things like “he can guard all five positions” which tends to be an exaggeration. Not for Pons. He can, quite literally, guard any point guard, any center and anyone in between. He can play the four, and at times even the five, in small-ball lineups in the NBA to great effect. What makes him even more intriguing is that he shot 42 percent on unguarded catch-and-shoot threes. I think this is the most important number when it comes to his three-point shooting, because these are the face-up, step-in threes that he’ll be shooting at the next level.
Having a guy like Pons on the court would definitely help any team’s defense. However, it’s still possible he returns to school this fall.
What will Pons decide to do? We’ll find out over the next few weeks.