2018 NBA Draft Profile: Arnoldas Kulboka

06/12/2018 at 06:06pm

Arnoldas Kulboka is an excellent spot up shooter with budding scoring ability coming off a strong showing in his first full season competing against high-level competition. Emerging as a prospect very early on in his native Lithuania thanks to his combination of size and perimeter skill, Kulboka spent most of the last two seasons with German club Brose Bamberg playing primarily for their U19 and second team. After declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft and attending the Eurocamp, Kulboka opted to withdraw late in the process. He built quite a bit of momentum last summer averaging 13.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship and was then loaned to Orlandina of the Italian 1st Division. Stepping into a significant role for the Champions League qualifiers, Kulboka averaged 9 points and 4 rebounds per game putting together several stellar offensive performances while also making his Lithuanian Senior National Team debut in the February FIBA qualifying window.

  • Measured 6’10 in shoes with a 6’11.25 wingspan and 213-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Global Camp. Not very long for his height, but has packed on about ten pounds since last year and has tremendous size for a perimeter player. Fluid athlete who has room to continue getting stronger.
  • Skilled all-around offensive player with a finesse-based game. Did the majority of his damage as a set shooter at the professional level, but showed some ability to create his own shot off the dribble at the junior level with nice footwork and even the occasional crafty ball handling move. Played significant minutes on the nights he ran hot, but is still trying to find the confidence to make a consistent impact against high-level competition.

PlayType Analysis

  • Feathery shooting touch at 6’10 is his best asset as a prospect at this stage. Has tremendous mechanics and some promise as a shooter on the move even if his results last season in that regard were mixed. Over half of his shots in the half court were catch and shoot jumpers with 35% coming in spot up situations and another 14% coming as a shooter running off of screens. Scored 1.185 points per Spot Up possession [87th percentile] and 0.645 points per Off Screen possession [17th percentile]. Has obvious potential as a floor spacer with his ability to shoot over smaller defenders.
  • Scored at a nice rate in transition as well with 1.194 points per Transition possession [63rd percentile]. More comfortable running into jumpers straight on in the open floor than turning into them in the half court. Does a nice job filling lanes running the floor and even shows the ability to push the ball himself a bit. Not the most powerful athlete, but glides around the floor and can play above the rim to finish lobs with a head of steam.
  • Faced a tough challenge translating his floor game from the junior level. Was not asked to create much off the dribble last season with 20% of his possessions coming on Pick & Rolls, Isolations, or Hand Offs. Flashes some ability to make shots with range off the dribble, but scored only 0.569 points per pull-up jump [18th percentile] while second guessing his release in spots. Still learning how to cope with the speed of the game when rising up for lightly contested jumpers off of one dribble that he hit with better consistency at the junior level.
  • Not the most aggressive slasher with only 13% of his shots in the half court coming around the rim. Has more of a sense of urgency attacking closeouts in some spots than others, but flashes some deceptiveness off the drible. Scored 1.024 points per finishing opportunity [26th percentile] showing solid touch, but lacking a degree of physicality to draw fouls and finish through contact inside.
  • Willing passer who played point-forward in spots at the junior level.
  • Talented shooter who, on his best nights, scored in bunches in his first season season in Italy. Consistency and assertiveness when his shot is not falling are still developing.

Defensive Analysis

  • Showed a bit of development as an on-ball defender, but has room to become more aggressive as his body matures. Size helps him contest shots in spots. Allowed 0.405 points per Isolation possession [95th percentile], but was targeted at times in the Pick & Roll by more aggressive scoring wings. Has some instincts in the passing lanes, but is not always quick to the ball on the glass.