Tuesday, December 2, 2014

D'Angelo Russell NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-5 - Point Guard - Ohio State

Russell has rare length, quickness and passing ability. He is nearly impossible to keep out of the lane and when he gets there he can score in a variety of ways or find the open man. He could be a One and Done lottery pick in 2015.

Pros
Russell is exceptionally skilled in all areas of the offensive game.  His ball control, body control and athletic ability are rare. He can get his shot just about whenever he wants and has great size for the point guard position.

Gets good elevation on his jumper and has a great feel for timing his shot and creating space where there appears to be none. Draws contact on runners in the lane and gets to the foul line often.

Has supreme confidence in his ability and doesn't back down. Battles hard on defense, even though he still has a lot to learn.

He reminds me of watching Jrue Holiday at UCLA except D'Angelo is a better scorer than Jrue.

Cons
Can force the issue on offense and needs to learn better shot selection and cut down on the mistakes.

Needs to improve from the free throw line, especially since he's a primary ball handler.

Needs to play with a consistently high level of intensity.

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Terry Rozier NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-2 - Point Guard - Louisville

A strong, quick, compact lead guard who is a solid floor general.

Pros
A true lead guard with high basketball I.Q. and an NBA ready game.

Rozier is well built and strong enough to handle the rigors of an NBA season. Plays low to the ground and has excellent lateral movement and overall agility.

A pass first point guard who can score when needed.

Cons
A good but not great shooter who doesn't project as a high level three point shooter at the next level. Needs to improve from the free throw line.

Can be careless with the ball and must improve his efficiency and assist to turnover ratio.

Projection: mid first to early second round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jonathan Holmes NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-8 - Small Forward - Texas

A strong, powerful wing prospect with an ever-improving offensive game.

Pros
Very well built and strong player who is physically ready for the NBA.   Has long arms, broad shoulders and good strength. Holmes is very well coordinated and has a quick first step.

Has improved his outside shooting dramatically and is now a real threat from three point range. Has excellent mechanics and a quick release on his jumper.

A stout defender and good rebounder, Holmes plays with a lot of effort and intensity. Plays an unselfish game and has a lot of attributes that NBA teams are looking for.

Cons
Still has room for improvement at the offensive end including getting better off the dribble and as a play-maker. A good but not great free throw shooter.

Doesn't provide a lot of steals or blocks

Projection: late first to mid second round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-7 - Shooting Guard - Kansas (Ukraine)

Young Euro prospect with great length and a high skill level.

Pros
Mykhailiuk is an advanced offensive player; deadly from three point land and with a good feel for getting his shot. Is crafty with the ball and has excellent court vision and decision making.

Has exceptional height and length for a shooting guard, allowing him to see and pass over the defense and get his shot off against smaller defenders. Has good athleticism and, combined with his height, allows him to play above the rim.

Is very well built with broad shoulders and long arms. Should grow into a more powerful player over the years.

Cons
Still young with a lot to learn. Needs to fill out his body and add strength.

Is not the fastest player and could struggle against the quickness in the Big 12 and the NBA.

It will be interesting to monitor his adjustment to the American game and see how his skills translate.

Projection: possible lottery pick in the 2016 or 2017 NBA Draft