NBA Draft Scouting Report: Germany’s Ariel Hukporti

NBA Draft Scouting Report: Germany’s Ariel Hukporti

Ariel Hukporti

Center | Germany 

Height: 7’0” | Weight: 245 lbs 

2024 Draft Age: 22.19

Ariel Hukporti

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When it comes to bigs who play with energy and a high motor, Hukporti embodies that archetype. He’s a good rim runner and phenomenal screener who enhances pick-and-roll situations. That in itself is a microskill that will translate at the NBA level, especially given how the game is played. 

Hukporti is also a quality lob threat and mobile prospect for his size, which he showcases often in transition. He has great vertical pop and is a quality athlete at the center position. He doesn’t have the best overall offensive package today, but he can generate points in hustle situations. 

While he could in theory end up being a starting center one day, it’s more likely he ends up being a backup big and situational type of player who provides very specific tools for his team. It’s easy to see his game translating as an impactful reserve piece, especially given the role he’s played to date. 

Hukporti is a solid rebounder, especially with his upside on the offensive glass. He’s the type of player who can generate second-chance looks for himself and others.

The defensive side of the ball is where Hukporti’s game is most interesting. He’s a good shot blocker who also defends well in a variety of settings. It feels like his floor at the next level will lean on what he’s able to do on that end. He still has room to improve — especially as it relates to adapting to the NBA style of play — but if he can become a more disciplined defender he should be effective. 

Hukporti has been part of the NBL Next Stars program and played professionally in his home country of Germany before that, which has provided significant experience against solid competition.  He’s an older prospect who has a history of injuries that may have hindered his development, but would he be well worth a late pick in the draft. 

Potential Second-Round Pick in 2024 NBA Draft.

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