Washington’s Marquese Chriss is 2016 NBA Draft’s biggest home run swing

Every draft has that one player who you can immediately point to as a boom or bust selection.

Sometimes, it works out. In 2013, the Bucks got a steal with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Pistons took a shot on Andre Drummond in 2012, and he’s already an All-Star. Sometimes it doesn’t work though. You only have to point to what we’ve seen thus far from Joel Embiid in 2014 and what the Hornets got out of Bismack Biyombo in 2011 before he moved on to see that this isn’t exactly a set formula when it comes to high-upside, low-floor guys.

That’s exactly the conundrum that teams will have to deal with when it comes to Washington forward Marquese Chriss. The 18-year-old is about as raw a prospect as you’ll find in any draft. However, there are few players at his size who can do what he can athletically, and that’s going to make him a sought after prospect in this draft.

What else do you need to know about Chriss? Here’s a quick breakdown.


At 6-9, 225 pounds with something like a 7-0 to 7-1 wingspan (per DraftExpress measurement database), Chriss is a 4 through and through despite some speculation that he could play some 3. The reason that speculation happens is two-fold. First and foremost, Chriss is about as explosive an athlete as you’ll find at his size. He’s a two-foot leaper whose head can get above the rim vertically and who can take off from long distances. The word “bouncy” is the best descriptor you’ll find for the big man.