Maybe the biggest risk/reward pick in this entire draft, Zhou Qi has an enormous amount of potential thanks to his unprecedented size, length, and skill set. But he also comes with some serious risks.
Standing over 7’2 with a nearly 7’8 wingspan, Zhou is a terror for opposing offenses down low as a shot blocker, averaging 3.2 blocks in 34 minutes in the Chinese Basketball Association. But he isn’t a plodding, slow center, Zhou is an excellent athlete who runs the floor very well for his size.
He is also extremely skilled offensively, possessing great footwork in the post and a jumper that can stretch out to the three-point line. He is also a willing passer who knows how to make the right plays thanks to a high basketball IQ.
The major worry for Zhou is his frame as he weighed only 218 pounds at the Draft Combine. Not only is he relatively weak, but his motor is not consistent either, a bad combination. If he can add some strength, however, his combination of shooting and rim protection would be ideal for the Lakers.