Bruno Caboclo is closer to ready than we think.
It’s important not to react to summer league games, especially a team’s first one. One good performance does not a good player make — the asme applies to a bad performance. Further, it’s Summer League, so tempered expectations are a must.
All that being said, Caboclo looked just fine in his first NBA game.
His jaw-dropping 7’6 wingspan is all the more astonishing in person; pictures truly do not do it justice. If he fell off a cliff and flapped his arms extremely hard, he’d likely fly, or at the very least hover harmlessly to the ground. Were he to extend his arms all the way out and twirl at super-human speeds, he’d either burrow into the ground or fly up, up, up like a helicopter.
As far as Caboclo’s actual basketball skills, it’s clear that he’s a project, but the skill that lay underneath the un-sculpted clay is just as apparent. He finished with 12 points, including two three pointers. His ballhandling was an adventure in chance, more often than not resulting in turnovers or near-turnovers. But the problems were of the sort that looked to be easily correctable, while the skills and instincts were those you can’t teach. He is still very much a project, but probably not the “two years away from being two years away” that’s plagued him since the draft.