High motor, and quick, long stride that allows him to go coast to coast
Has the ability to put the ball on the ground in the open court when driving to the rim in transition
Executes the pick & roll with ease, in either slipping to the restricted area or creating space for his ball handler
Strength in the paint, given his leaner frame
Second chance point generator, through putbacks, and tip-ins
90% FG% for finishing lobs
Rim protector & switch defender on the perimter
Is not a rebounding big by any means, and can get outboxed in the restricted area at times
Needs to improve speed to keep quicker players in front
Does not have any shooting ability whatsoever, either at the free throw line or in general
Is extremely overwhelmed when he has the ball without the responsibility of scoring
Extremely guard dependent, and only useful offensively in transition, pick and roll, lobs, and putbacks, does not have the ability to cut to the basket
Had an underwhelming season in European Competition than in Spanish 1st League, and was a non factor against major domestic competition such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia
Khalifa demonstrates great footwork and patience to finesse other big men in the restricted area and has a decent mid-range jump. He can put the ball on the floor and drive to the lane when needed, making him tough to guard. Khalifa also runs the floor with great intensity, which allows him to score on the fastbreak. On defense, he has good shot-blocking instincts, which is assisted by his athleticism and the ability to stay vertical.
EuroCup Rising Star (2022)
Spain Domestic League Stats
European Tournament Stats
Basketball Without Borders Global Camp - Charlotte, NC - 2/15 - 17/2019
Khalifa was a monster on the offensive boards if he was near the ball as he came off the rim he was going to grab it and go back up for a putback dunk. He has great hands to catch whatever is thrown to him. On the defensive end he can guard multiple positions, he has the ability to cover a lot of ground with his long strides so even if he's beaten off the dribble he will recover and he's a great rim protector.
Diop was an above average defensively versatile big, ranking in the 68th percentile. He succeeded protecting the rim in the second best league in the world, allowing opponents to shoot just 35% from 2. He was strong defending both when switching and matching up out of position.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.