Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tyler Lydon NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-9 - PF - Syracuse

A stretch-four with NBA level shooting ability. Could be a valuable three point specialist at the next level.

A lights out three point shooter who has great form, a quick release and big time confidence shooting the ball.

Lydon has pretty good length and can surprise with his quick elevation and above the rim play. He's not a run/jump athlete but he's got some springs and enough quick twitch to hold his own.

Although he doesn't project as much of an interior defender at the next level he does a good job of challenging shots at the rim and gets his share of blocked shots.

Knows his role and plays within the flow of the offense. Understands spacing and off the ball movement and does a nice job of finding his shot.

Will be a liability on post defense when guarding power forwards and doesn't necessarily have the foot-speed to guard most wings.

If he can hold his own defensively he has a chance to earn minutes at the next level but for now he's too one dimensional on offense and might be just a situational player.

Matt Bonner with a little more bounce.

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mitchell Robinson NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - PF -Western Kentucky

A raw talent with big time natural ability. He has upside as a shot blocker and the type of length that scouts love.

Robinson is a unique physical specimen, with lots of raw ability and high upside. Although he's a long ways from being NBA ready, his length and above-the-rim ability are intriguing and could make him a first round pick based on upside.

He projects as a solid rim protector who will earn his money by defending the paint. He has a quick first and second jump and gets above the rim with ease.

Robinson's athletic ability really shows itself in transition where he changes ends quickly and can be an asset on the fast break.

On offense he is very raw, scoring mostly on dunks, put backs and alley-oops - but this is a good fit for the modern NBA big man.

Very raw and still figuring out how to turn his natural ability into production on the court.

Does most of his scoring at the rim and has limited range. Is a bit clumsy with the ball and turnover prone.

Lacks lower body strength and is not a natural power player.

Does he have all the intangibles - the desire, work ethic, basketball I.Q.?

Hassan Whiteside.

Projection: late first round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft

Lauri Markkanen NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - 230 - PF - Arizona (Finland)

A mobile big man with a smooth perimeter game and plenty of natural talent. His upside is based on his potential as a three point threat, who can also defend in the paint.

Markkanen's size/skill combination is impressive. At nearly 7 feet tall he can handle the ball, hit shots on the move, and he looks like a natural on the court. He's got small forward skills but also has enough power and strength to guard at the rim. He's a quick, athletic player who changes ends effortlessly. He's a threat on the fast break, thanks to his speed and hustle.

Markkanen is a highly skilled shooter who has great form on his jumper and hits a high percentage from 3 and from the free throw line. He has the potential to be a really good NBA three point shooter and a tough match-up for opposing big men.

Does a good job of fighting for rebounds and crashing the offensive boards, showing good timing and the ability to play above the rim. Plays with good awareness and aggression, hustling up and down the court and making effort plays. Some young big men look lost, like they're still learning the game. Markkanen seems to have it.

Defensively Markkanen is a decent shot blocker thanks to his good strength and quick reaction as a help defender. He's not a major force in the paint but his high basketball I.Q. helps him defend multiple positions.

Markkanen is thin and light and he lacks strength. He's a good but not great athlete and can look a bit heavy-footed at times.

Doesn't have exceptional length.

Although he has an advanced perimeter game for a big man, he's still refining his ball handling and passing skills.

A shorter, poor man's Kristaps or a more athletic Stephen Zimmermam.

Projection: mid to late first round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kostas Antetokounmpo NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - Combo Forward - WI

The little freak, Giannis' younger brother has awesome physical tools and big time upside but is raw and unpolished.

Kostas has exceptional length, standing 6-10 with a reported 7-2 wingspan. He makes it look easy to get above the rim and can dunk the ball off euro-steps and with

He's developing some really good ball handling ability and should continue to grow into a point-forward type (although he doesn't seem to have the same court vision as his brother). His ability in the open floor, both running the break and filling the lane, make him a dangerous transition player.

On defense he's got a chance to be really good due to his length, agility and overall quickness.

Is very raw and still developing his basketball skills. His outside shooting is a work in progress and he's got a long way to go to becoming a consistent three point threat.

Kostas is still very skinny and needs to gain a lot of strength and weight.

Physically he reminds of his brother Giannis but it's hard to say if he'll reach the same skill level.

Projection: possible first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft