Sunday, July 3, 2016

Felipe dos Anjos NBA Draft Scouting Report

7-2 - Center - Brazil

A raw but very intriguing center prospect from Brazil who has exceptional size at 7-2 and good body control.

Pros
A massive center who has the frame to develop into a force in the paint. He's not only long but has a large frame which will carry a lot of muscle. He appears to have similar size to Brook Lopez and he also has a soft touch around the basket. He gets low post position and holds his ground in the paint well. Plays with a wide base and a low center of gravity.

A solid rebounder on both ends of the court.

Although he doesn't have great athleticism, he's got good instincts on D and changes a lot of shots with his great size/length.

Has decent hands and shows flashes of scoring ability in the low post. Has the potential to be an efficient mid range shooter. Can he develop his post game enough so that he demands a double team? That would certainly boost his value.

Cons
dos Anjos is not a particularly fast player in the open court and takes a while to change ends. He lacks the foot speed needed to guard outside of the paint.

Very raw and unpolished and still getting a feel for the game. Has a long way to go before being NBA ready. His offensive game outside the paint is a work in progress.

Doesn't have a great second jump and can be a little bit slow to get off the floor.

Comparisons
Papagiannis and Brook Lopez.

Projection: You can't teach size. Possible first round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft


Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 Second Round NBA Draft Grades


6/24/16
#
Team
Player
Pos
Ht
From Analysis Comp
G
31
Grizzlies
Deyonta Davis PF 6-10 Michigan State A great value at the top of the second round. Davis is super raw and might be a few years away from contributing but he should/could develop into a really solid big man for the Griz. More
Derrick Favors
A
32
Lakers
C
7-1 Croatia A rock solid center with some upside. Projects as a rotation big with a chance to develop into a starter. Solid pick at this point in the draft. More
Tiago Splitter
B+
33
Pelicans
6-9 Kansas A boom or bust type of player who, if he puts it all together, could be an impact player thanks to his hustle and high energy play. More
Tyrus Thomas
B+
34
Suns
5-9 Kentucky I'm not sold on Ulis but I love this pick, reuniting him with Booker. Even if Ulis doesn't contribute on the floor, keeping your young star happy is well worth the selection. More
smaller Brevin Knight
A-
35
Grizzlies
Rade Zagorac
6-9 Serbia A little early for Zagorac IMO but he goes to a good situation in Memphis. Inconsistent as a shooter but has good form and nice size.
-
B-
36
Bucks*
Malcolm Brogden
6-5 Virginia Solid but unspectacular. Brings a steady presence but might not have the skills to get off the bench in the NBA.
-
C+
37
Rockets*
Chinanu Okuaku PF 6-10 Louisville An upside pick that is well worth the gamble at this point in the draft. More
Brian Grant
A
38
Warriors
Patrick McCaw
6-7 UNLV More firepower off the bench for the Warriors, McCaw can get buckets and will have a great chance to develop behind some of the best shooters in league history.
smarter Nick Young
A
39
Clippers
David Michineau
6-4 France Steady floor general who provides depth behind Paul. Not much upside but could contribute back up minutes
-
B-
40
Clippers
C
6-10 Maryland He's raw and immature and will take time to develop but the talent is there. A skilled back to the basket scorer. More
almost Al Jefferson
A
41 Magic
C
7-0 UNLV Has the size and skill but plays a soft game. Has a chance to grow into a rotation guy down the line. More
Vin Baker, Jason Smith
B+
42
Nets
Isaiah Whitehead
6-4 Seton Hall A bulky guard with a scorers mentality, Whitehead gets to stay home and maybe put a few fans in the seats for the Nets.
Willie Green
43
Rockets*
C
7-2 China Why not? If he's good then the Rockets get a solid contributor in the second round. If he's bad they still get to build their brand in China. More
bigger Charlie Villanueva
A
44
Hawks*
Isaia Cordinier
6-5 France I don't see it with Cordinier. Maybe in a few years he can come battle for a roster spot. - C-
45
Celtics*
6-1 Notre Dame Supremely athletic PG who can get his own shot but will he get minutes in a deep Boston back court? Solid value pick. More
Darren Collison/Bobby Jackson
B+
46
Mavs*
C
7-0 Purdue Talented but inconsistent, Hammons has the tools to make it in the League if he puts in the effort. More
David Harrison
B+
47
Blazers
Jake Layman
6-8 Maryland Athletic wing with broad shoulders and good length but has been slow to develop.
-
C+
48
Bulls*
Paul Zipser
6-8 Germany A tough, fundamentally sound player who doesn't blow you away with athleticism but could surprise to the upside. Crafty.
Linas Kleiza
B
49
Pistons
6-7 Syracuse Has shown steady improvement and developed a solid all around game. Will earn his living playing D and hitting that 3. More
-
B
50
Pacers
6-7 Iowa State He might be too slow to earn big minutes but he's the type of hard worker, leader and high IQ player that can help a team in many ways. More
Ryan Gomes
A
51
Celtics*
6-9
Providence A good value in the late second round. Has really nice shooting ability and enough length to hold his own defensively. Can really put the ball in the basket. More
Antoine Walker
A-
52
Jazz*
Joel Bolomboy
6-9
Weber State A nice pick. Bolomboy has the body and athleticism to be a plus defender and could stick around in the League.
poor man's Thad Young
A-
53
Nuggets*
Petr Cornelie
6-11
France Worth a chance for the Nuggets, trying to strike Euro gold again. Maybe a long shot that he'll have an impact in the NBA.
Joel Freeland
B-
54
Cavs PG 5-9 Oakland A perfect addition to the world champs, a high energy points and assists machine off the bench. I think this pick will actually make the Cavs better, which is saying a lot for a late 2nd round pick. More
Isaiah Thomas lite
A+
55
Jazz
6-0
North Carolina Doesn't seem like an NBA player to me but maybe he can earn a roster spot. Undersized, frail with average athleticism and an inconsistent jump shot. More
Tyronn Lue
C
56
Nuggets* 6-7 UConn Hamilton has developed very slowly and might not have the skill and ability to have an impact in the NBA. He's long and quick but unrefined. More
-
C+
57
Grizzlies
Wang Zhelin
C
7-0 China A long shot who might need to develop overseas for a few years.
-
C
58
Celtics*
Abdel Nader
6-6
Iowa State Another fundamentally sound all around player for the Cs. Buried on a deep roster.
-
C
59
Kings 6-4 Oklahoma Cousins brings a lot of energy and passion to the court and can get after it on D. Wouldn't be surprised if he carves out a role in the League. More
Smush Parker
A
60
Jazz*
Tyrone Wallace
6-5 California Rangy athlete with an unorthodox game and a little upside. Needs to stay healthy and gain strength to have a chance.
-
B
-

2016 NBA Draft Grades and Analysis

2016 NBA Draft Grades 6/24/16
#
Team
Player
Pos
Ht
From Analysis Comp
G
1
76ers
6-10 LSU An obvious pick and the right one. Simmons is a game-changing talent who finally brings a superstar to Philly. The Process has paid off and now the Sixers are loaded with talent. More
Magic/Draymond
A+
2
Lakers* 6-9 Duke I really like Ingram but there are some concerns with his skinny frame. How will he hold up in the NBA? Still, he's got huge talent and was the clear choice at #2. He'll get a lot of buckets in L.A and should become a perennial all star. More
Paul George/KD
A-
3
Celtics*
6-7 California Brown has upside but seems like a few years away from putting it all together. A reach at #3 for the Celtics. Could there be a trade still in the works? More
Harrison Barnes
C
4
Suns Dragan Bender PF 7-0 Croatia Bender has big upside and at only 18 years old gives the Suns a talented youngster to develop. Could blossom into the 2nd or 3rd best player in this draft. More
Pau
A
5
T-Wolves*
6-3 Providence Big time talent joining the Wolves backcourt, Dunn is an explosive athlete who will bring even more excitement to the young MN roster. A Rudio trade seems inevitable. More
longer Eric Bledsoe
A-
6
Pelicans
6-5 Oklahoma Heild is a good fit with the Pelicans but doesn't have big upside. A three point specialist who needs to develop other aspects of his game. Some bust potential here. More
KCP/Brad Beal
B-
7
Nuggets*
Jamal Murray PG 6-5 Kentucky A good value at #7, Murray is a nice addition next to Mudiay and will help space the floor for the Nuggets. Murray isn't a great athlete but he's super crafty and has a great feel for the game. More
Deron Williams/C.J.
A-
8
Suns
6-10
Washington Upside pick who is a boom or bust type of prospect. Suns are swinging for the fences and it could pay off. More
Markieff/Blake
A
9
Raptors*
Jakob Poeltl
C
7-1 Utah Solid (if somewhat boring) pick. Poeltl is a very similar player to Jonas but gives the Raptors good depth up front. Should have a long, solid NBA career. More
Alex Len
B
10
Bucks
Thon Maker PF 7-1 Australia I'm pulling for Maker to make it but this is a huge reach at #10...but he fits with what the Bucks are doing, adding length at every position. Seems like he would have been available later in the first round. More
Sam Dalembert with a jumper
B-
11
Thunder 6-10 Gonzaga I'm not too high on Sabonis but I like the fit in OKC. Sabonis has limited length and doesn't jump well but brings smarts, heart and hustle. Is he really better than Mitch McGary? More
Tyler Hansbrough
B-
12
Hawks*
6-7 Baylor A bit high for Prince at #12 but should be a solid rotation guy for the Hawks who can help defend King James. Pro-ready player for the win-now Hawks. More
DeMarre Carroll
B+
13
Kings
C
7-1 Greece I don't hate big Papa but picking him at #13 seems high. Kings could have traded down farther and still gotten their man. Is the Cousins era nearing an end in Sactown? More
Luc Longley
B
14
Bulls
6-6 Michigan State Solid pick for the Bulls, Valentine brings high IQ and winning attitude to the rebuilding Bulls roster. More
higher IQ Evan Turner
B+
15
Nuggets*
Juan Hernangomez PF 6-9 Spain Fits with what the Nuggets are doing and brings another shooter into the fold. More
stronger Luke Babbit
B
16
Celtics
6-8
France A bit of a reach at #16 but could surprise to the upside. Has nice agility for 270lb player and is developing 3pt range. More
Jason Maxiell
B
17
Grizzlies
Wade Baldwin PG 6-3 Vanderbilt A nice upside pick who brings a ton of talent to the Memphis backcourt. If he reaches his potential this is a steal. More
longer Monta Ellis
A
18
Pistons 6-10 Marquette A great fit next to Drummond and a good value at #18, Ellenson brings much needed scoring punch to the Pistons. More
Tom Gugliotta
A-
19
Nuggets*
6-5 Florida State An underrated player who can really shoot and has NBA athleticism. Very young but could look like a steal 4 years from now. More
Allen Crabbe/Eddie Jones
A
20
Nets
6-7
Michigan If he can stay healthy this will look like a nice pick. LeVert has big time talent to add to the Nets youth movement. More
Ron Harper/Marty Collins
B+
21
Hawks
6-6 St. Joes Another nice addition to the line-up, Bembry is a really solid, smart player who fits with what the Hawks are doing. More
Aaron Afflalo
A-
22
Kings
Malachi Richardson SF 6-6 Syracuse A nice addition on the wing with upside as a scorer. Decent value at this point in the draft. More
Willie Burton/Mo Pete
B
23
Celtics PF 6-11 Croatia Not the type of pick Celtics fans were hoping for but a few years from now this could look like a draft steal. More
longer David Lee
B+
24
76ers*
6-7 France A superior athlete with really nice upside, Luwawu gives the Sixers a nice prospect to develop at the SF position. And kudos to the front office for not trading these picks. Great value at this point in the draft. More
Rick Fox
A
25
Clippers
6-9
North Carolina Johnson should a solid pro but has limited upside. Will benefit from playing with Chris Paul, who will get him a lot of easy buckets. More
better Al Thornton
C+
26
76ers* 6-7 Turkey Super talented scorer who will be a great fit, spacing the floor for Simmons and the young Bigs in Philly. Another value pick. More
Kevin Martin
A+
27
Raptors
6-9
New Mexico State A sleeper prospect, Siakam has great length and impacts both ends of the floor. Should become a solid rotation Big for the Raptors. More
Serge Ibaka
A-
28
Kings
7-0 Kentucky An upside pick, Skal might be a bust but his upside is too intriguing to pass this late in the draft. More
softer Myles Turner
A-
29
Spurs Dejounte Murray PG 6-5 Washington Murray falls into a great situation, getting to develop in the Spurs system. Nice upside pick who brings youth to the aging Spurs roster. More
Larry Hughes
A
30
Warriors
6-11
Vanderbilt Solid pick by the Warriors, Jones will bring depth to the front-court and ease the potential loss of Festus. More
John Henson
B


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ben Bentil NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-8 - SF - Providence

Bentil is a combo forward who has good strength and is a lethal scorer. He doesn't have great length but his skill level sets him apart from other front-court players.

Pros
Has a knack for scoring the ball and can get really hot from outside. He's a natural scorer with quick strike ability. He's not a run/jump athlete but has plenty of quickness to burst into the lane and score the ball.

At 235lbs he's got a thick, strong body and he uses it well to shield defenders and find his shot. He can score on the low block, from mid range, or from three point land.

Cons
Is undersized for playing in the paint (but makes up for it with 7'1.5 wingspan). Is more of a below the rim player with limited upside as a shot blocker/rim protector.

Needs to continue to transition from playing inside to developing his perimeter game. Needs to tighten up his ball handling and improve his abilities as a play-maker.

Comparisons
Reminds of Marcus Morris with his offensive skill set and he's got some Cleanthony Early in his game too.

Projection: late first or early second round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft