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


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sekou Doumbouya NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-9 - 210 - SF - France (via Guinea)

A big, strong wing who has a lot of upside, especially on the defensive end.

Pros
A big run/jump athlete who is dynamic in the open court and has elite defensive potential. Has very good quickness for his size and is a powerful and graceful athlete who is fun to watch in the open court. He projects as a high level defender who can guard multiple positions. If he can reach his defensive potential he'll have a long NBA career, even if his offensive game doesn't pan out. The fact that he lists Tony Allen as one of his idols tells you a lot about his commitment to defense.

Doumbouya gets a lot of his buckets in transition, where his size and speed make him a match-up nightmare. He changes ends beautifully and has the length and leaping ability to finish over defenders.

He is an above average three point shooter at this stage in his career. He shoots it with good fundamentals and gets good arc on his shot. He can create his own offense with the dribble, either taking it into the lane or shaking free for a jumper. He shoots it best off of catch and shoot situations but he can also hit shots off the dribble and on step backs moves.

He is developing post moves and has the size and strength to develop into a good post scorer. He can get to the rim off of quick spin moves or give a shoulder fake into a fade-way jumper. At this point his offensive game is very unpolished but he shows flashes of big time ability.

His good strength, length and athleticism, to go along with an advanced skill level for a young player, makes him a potential lottery pick down the road.

Cons
Still learning the game and improving his decision making.

Needs to continue to improve his fundamentals: improve his ball handling, especially his off hand, and improve his passing.

Is very raw and inexperienced. Needs to gain a better understanding of the game and learn proper positioning.

Comparisons
Seems like a more advanced version of OG Anunoby with a slice of Jabari Parker mixed in.

Projection: first round pick in the 2019 or 2020 NBA Draft