NBA Draft Profile: Ali Traore

May 22nd, 2007

NBA Draft: Ali Traore

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Team: Le Havre

Year: 1985

Stats: French League 


Position: PF/C

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 240lbs


Accolades: French League (Pro A) All-Star (06), France Under-16 Team (01).


Scouting Report: A physically strong French post player.


Strengths: Experienced – has five seasons of pro ball under his belt.  Fairly athletic and quick in the post.  Can score with either hand.  Has a good left handed hook shot.  Decent rebounder.  Big wingspan – listed as between 7’3” and 7’5”.  Very strong – good NBA body.


Weaknesses: Short for the NBA – plays center in France, but is listed as just 6’9”.  France league is good, but the NBA is a big step up.  Has played for France internationally but hasn’t cracked the National Team roster.  Not a real big scorer – only averages around 10 a game in France.  Doesn’t play a lot of minutes – only about 20 a contest. 


Projected 2007 Draft Range: Mid second round pick – undrafted.


Consensus:  Traore looks to be a bit of a long shot to make it to the NBA.  However, he has a strong body and long wingspan that will impress scouts.


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