J.P. Tokoto: 21-years old, UNC, Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″6, 196-pounds, 6″10 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.5 steals, 43% field goals, 62% free-throws, 38% threes, 29.1 minutes
Quick Season Review: Word around town is that J.P. Tokoto is a subpar shooter, but he is connecting in the pre-draft workouts. Tokoto is a big part of what the Tar Heels did this season, as he can do it all and defend multiple wing spots. One of Tokoto’s best games was against Duke, where he went for 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The thing that makes Tokoto special is that he doesn’t need the ball to impact the game and he doesn’t need to score. Tokoto averaged 8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tokoto was the Tar Heels best wing defender and was a big reason they went to the sweet 16.
Strengths: Tokoto is a terrific defender that can guard multiple spots with his length and quickness. Tokoto is a good athlete (40-inch vertical) that plays with a motor on a consistent basis. He is one of the best passing wings in the draft. Can crash the glass as well. Unselfish player that can finish around rim. Creates turnovers on defense.
Weaknesses: Only made 12 threes all season, but after seeing his draft workouts there is reason to believe he is improving. Must improve as a scorer in order to be effective. Free-throw shooting is poor. Can add weight to frame, particularly if he wants to play some small forward.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
J.P. Tokoto like Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State is a raw offensive player coming out. If he goes to the Spurs he would bring energy and defense immediately. Tokoto can learn from playing behind Leonard.
NBA Comparison: Fred Jones
Fred Jones got after it defensively at Oregon and that’s what Tokoto did at UNC. Both had trouble with shooting range and scoring with the ball, despite Jones improvement as a senior.
Below is a JP Tokoto highlights video uploaded by Dennis Wilfred.