The NBA Draft Combine has kicked off in Chicago. While most, if not all, of the potential lottery picks won't be participating in any of the drills, they're still in attendance for the medical drills or to chat with media. Duke's forward Justise Winslow participated in the second portion of that, as he sat down for an interview with the crew at NBA TV to give some insight on some of the players that have been inspirations.
"I don't think my game really matches up with James Harden but I like his game," Winslow told NBA TV. "I'd go with Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler, they're two-way players that can go on offense but are even better on the defensive end."
While he avoided comparing his game to James Harden, Winslow actually displays some similarities with the Rockets superstar. Both players are extremely explosive, which allows them to cut to the basket at will. The way Winslow cuts to the paint is pretty reminiscent of Harden, which you can see from the Vine below:
In regards to his comparison to Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard, Winslow definitely fits into the category of being a solid two-way player. Winslow's frame (stands 6'7 with a 6'10 wingspan), allows him to defend against multiple positions, which is an aspect that has made both Leonard and Butler so valuable. For a Lakers team that hasn't really featured a stable wing defender since Ron Arest, having somebody like Winslow that can potentially be counted on to stop the opposing team's best player would be absolutely huge.
Although this will likely be the last we hear of Winslow during the NBA Draft Combine, we should be hearing a lot more from on the standout prospect from now until June's draft with individual team workouts starting later this month. Make sure to stick to SS&R until then for more coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft.