School: Utah State
Height/Weight: 6’11, 225 lbs.
Neemias Queta has promise. And A LOT of it. He’s long, young, and is preparing to be the first Portuguese born player drafted into the NBA. His perceived stock is not as high as you’d think given his potential and even his current abilities given his stature.
Queta’s a phenomenal rim protector. He has roughly a 7’4 wingspan, so yea…he’s long. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game during his freshman year at Utah State and it seems like that should translate well to the next level.
Queta lives on the block on the offensive end where he can either go to a lefty or righty hook or will be happy to distribute the ball to a cutting teammate.
He has actually also shown the ability, while not too frequently, to extend his game. He only attempted 5 three point attempts in his freshman year, but did happen to make two of them. In each attempt, he has looked good. So while the FT% is unattractive, there’s some promise for him to be someone who can extend his game.
How he runs the court is quite impressive. He’s got such long legs and moves much better than one would suspect. There’s some concerns with his movement, but we’ll get to that later.
Positing on the block is probably Queta’s biggest strength. He does a phenomenal job of putting himself in position to allow for an entry pass from his teammate so once he catches it he can go straight up to the rim with it. The problem for Utah State was that they didn’t have a true elite playmaker.
To be able to truly succeed in the NBA, you need to have quick twitch movements and reactions. Queta has neither at this point. He still has time, but it takes him a while to jump, for instance, on a defensive rebound or even on the opening jump ball. It’s true, he does move quite well for his size when he gets going, but not having quick reactions doesn’t bode well for his future potential as a defender on a perimeter switch.
That brings us to his next weakness, perimeter defense. Honestly, we haven’t seen too much from him in this regard because he’ll camp himself in that paint to protect the rim, but what we have seen has seen has been disconcerting. The movement is slow and he doesn’t slide his feet well at all.
Fatigue is a major issue too for Queta who only noticeably struggles to get up and down the court after a few minutes of playing. That leads to him being not as willing to defend and has him unable to jump for rebounds.
Strength is another big issue for him because Neemias can get backed down pretty easily by some stronger forwards. He does a great job of staying vertical to allow for his height to put the ball handler at a disadvantage, but is he is unable to at least get strong enough so it’s not so easy for them to back him down in the post, than he will be someone that is hard to keep in the game.
As noted multiple times, Neemias Queta has some unbelievable potential. He is still only 19 and will be at the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. If he so chooses to remain in this draft, you shouldn’t be surprised to see him going early in the 2nd round. But, if he decides to stay another year, the improvements he will show might garner him early 1st round attention. Either way, there’s a bright future ahead for Queta.