Angel Delgado is one of the more vocal players in the 2018 NBA Draft class, but his numbers this past season (13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game) and throughout his career at Seton Hall can backup the amount of passion and heart that he plays with.
His passion and heart for the game of basketball as well as his skills on the floor, make Delgado an interesting prospect that the Hornets should look at with their second round pick in this year’s draft.
Delgado’s skill set would bring versatility to the Hornets frontcourt
In four seasons at Seton Hall, Delgado developed different skills as a big man. Delgado shot 41.4 percent from the free throw line his freshman season, but by his senior season he raised it to 61.2 percent. This past season Delgado had a career high 2.8 assists per game, compared to only 0.9 assists per game as a freshman. Delgado always avoided foul trouble, however, never averaging more than 3.0 personal fouls per game (2.3-lowest as a senior, 2.8-highest as a sophomore).
What makes Delgado an interesting prospect for the Hornets is his senior production numbers and his ability to play against high level competition.
Delgado recorded 22 double-double performances last season, which ranked him tied for 3rd in the NCAA. This tied him with potential Top 5 pick Marvin Bagley III from Duke, and put him ahead of other notable big men like Thomas Welsh from UCLA (18), Luke Maye from UNC (17), and Mohamed Bamba from Texas (15).
In the second round matchup of the 2018 NCAA Tournament against Kansas, Delgado Delgado played in 38 minutes in the matchup against Kansas and finished with 24 points, 23 rebounds and five assists as well which led Seton Hall. Defensively, Delgado held Udoka Azubuike to only 10 points and seven rebounds (only one offensive rebound), and forced Azubuike to commit four fouls.
If Delgado is available by the time the Hornets pick in the second round he most certainty could be the best available big man prospect who could be developed under James Borrego.
Delgado’s potential in the NBA
Delgado strong skills already and it’s a testament of staying with the Seton Hall men’s basketball program all four years. His strong footwork, high basketball I.Q., and his ability to rebound the basketball makes him have the potential to be a role player from year one if the Hornets were to select him in the second round.
This past season, Delgado improved his footwork and his ability to overpower his matchup on the block. One such example can be seen here:
Delgado’s per 40 minutes numbers of 15.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game are solid, and he averaged 20.8 rebounds per 100 possessions.
Delgado’s ability to rebound the basketball in his career at Seton Hall has earned him a mark in the all-time Big East Conference record books. He recorded 1,455 career rebounds which ranks him 2nd all-time in the Big East Conference. He ranks 132 rebounds behind former NBA forward Derrick Coleman but ahead of the likes of Emeka Okafor, Jeff Adrien, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and Roy Hibbert.
Delgado could be a steal in the second round if available. Several current NBA big men were second round picks in recent years, including Hassan Whiteside (33rd pick), Marcin Gortat (57th), Draymond Green (45th), and Paul Milsap (47th). Given his high motor and ability to fill up a stat sheet, Delgado is certainly worth considering in the second round.