Saturday, May 20, 2017

Donovan Mitchell NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-3 - Combo Guard - Louisville

Mitchell is a defensive specialist and NBA level athlete who is still coming into his own on the offensive end. He doesn't have great height for the SG position but his 6-10 wingspan and athleticism allow him to play bigger than his listing.

Pros
Mitchell has all the tools and the mentality to be a really good NBA defender and solid two way player. He might not be a guy that averages 20 points per game but he can contribute in so many ways that he has starter potential.

His athletic ability is near elite level. He's a great leaper, super quick in the open court and very powerful for 6-3 player. Mitchell's rebounding from the guard position and his ability to lock down opposing guards bring a ton of value.

On offensive he's an aggressive slasher who knows how to space the floor and find the cutting lanes. With the ball in his hands he does a good job of penetrating into the lane and collapsing the defense, using a quick first step and using his broad shoulders to muscle past defenders. His outside shooting is improving and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him become a solid 3 point shooter in time.

His leaping ability and length make him an excellent above the rim player who is able to throw down some highlight reel dunks.

He plays the game with passion, intensity and a downhill style of play, which will make him a crowd favorite for the team that drafts him.

Cons
Although he increased his three point shooting to 35% this past season his overall FG% took a step back to under 41%. He lacks consistency with his shot and lacks ideal size to get his shot off. This will likely be more of a challenge at the next level when he's going against NBA size on the wing. He doesn't project as a dangerous three point threat in the League, at least not till later in his career, and his mid range shooting will have to improve as well.

His ability to handle some play-making duties gives him a lot of value but he's not a pure point guard and doesn't have the best instincts for running an offense.

Comparisons
Reminds of Marcus Smart, both in body size/athleticism and in their offensive limitations.

Projection: mid to late first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kris Jenkins NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-6 - 235 - SF - Villanova

A compact and strong wing player who is a lights-out three point shooter and a clutch performer but lacks ideal size and athleticism.

Pros
Jenkins is becoming a three point specialist and he does most of his damage from downtown. He does a nice job of floating around the three point line, spacing the floor and finding the opening to get his shot. He hits a high percentage from 3 and is a clutch shooter.

He does a nice job of using the ball fake, which is especially effective because of his ability to hit the 3. When he gets to the foul line he usually makes them, hitting at close to 90% from the line.

Jenkins is a team first player who operates within the flow of the offense. He does a nice job of keeping the ball moving and making the right pass.

A very pesky defender who reads the play well and has active hands. He has enough strength to guard multiple positions and can hold his own against taller players.
Cons
Jenkins is not a run/jump athlete and is more of a below the rim player. He lacks ideal height, length and leaping ability. Is not much of a rim protector and will likely struggle to score in the lane against NBA length.

His field goal percentage has taken a big hit as he focuses on shooting the 3. He doesn't do a good job of penetrating and scoring in the lane and his mid range game is a work in progress.

Comparisons
Strong, wide-bodied and skilled like Bonzi Wells and P.J. Tucker.

Projection: late first to mid second round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

P.J. Washington NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-8 - PF - Kentucky

Well built, strong and skilled PF with nice scoring ability and an expanding offensive game.

Pros
Washington has natural strength and the type of body that could withstand the rigors of NBA level play. He has broad shoulders and a wide base yet still has good agility and is light on his feet.

On offense Washington can do a bit of everything. He can score in the post, using his strength to bully opponents. He has decent length and good leaping ability, allowing him to make plays above the rim. He also has an advanced mid range game and is a lights-out shooter from the elbow and all around the key. His range is expanding and he should develop into a solid three point shooter in time.

His passing ability stands out for a PF and he can initiated the offense from the high post and shows great court vision.

Washington is a warrior on the court and plays to win. He has an advanced understanding of the game and shows a high amount of polish and refinement for such a young player. His awareness on the court and his knowledge of the game make him a glue-guy who helps the team win, even when he's not filling up the stat sheet.

Cons
Washington doesn't have prototypical size for the PF position and will have to expand his game and become more of a perimeter threat. He can get by with overpowering opponents in the paint but won't be able to play that game at the NBA level.

He doesn't protect as a low post scorer or rim protector at the next level and there are questions about how his game will adjust to NBA length/size. His lack of ideal size and top end athleticism knock him down a notch in terms of what his upside could be. He projects as a good but not great prospect who should have a long NBA career but might not be an All Star at the next level.

Comparisons
Built like David West with some Rodney Rogers in his game.

Projection: possible first round pick in the 2018 or 2019 NBA Draft

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Caleb Swanigan NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-8 - 250 - PF - Purdue

Swanigan is a skilled and powerful player who lacks ideal height but makes up for it with nice length good strength, and by playing with intensity.

Pros
A strong PF who excels at rebounding the ball and has shown impressive improvement in his offensive game. Swanigan makes his living in the lane, using his wide frame and strength to secure rebounds, defend the paint and score in the low post. He does a great job of creating space for himself and has enough length to compete for rebounds and defend the rim, despite not having ideal height.

He has become a reliable shooter out to the college 3 and will likely develop into a solid NBA 3 point shooter in time. He is very efficient with his touches and shoots a high percentage from the field, from 3, and from the line.

He has enough size to play center in small-ball lineups. Has shown the ability to out rebound just about every player in college basketball and can rebound effectively vs. taller players.

He can guard multiple positions, using his strength to defend in the lane and using his length and quick feet to guard on the perimeter. He shows good awareness on defense and knows when to hedge on the pick and roll, when to commit to the double team and he plays with great positioning.

Swanigan is fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game and plays the right way. He hustles, makes good decisions, shows leadership and should have a long NBA career as a glue-guy. He might not be a star at the next level but his rebounding should translate well and his all around game should get him on the court at the next level.

Cons
Is a bit undersized to play in the paint at the NBA level and will have to continue to expand his game and become more versatile.

Doesn't project as a great back to the basket scorer in the NBA, mainly due to his lack of height.

Comparisons
Reminds of Brandon Bass with his strength, long arms, hustle and less than ideal height.

Projection: late first to early second round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft