Sunday, January 8, 2017

Borisa Simanic NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - PF/C - Serbia

A big, strong and nimble PF who can really play above the rim and is loaded with upside thanks to his superior athleticism.

Pros
Simanic has an NBA ready body to go along with an ever-improving skill set. He is big, strong and quick and shows good versatility on the court. He can explode above the rim and finish with some nasty dunks and he can also step out and hit the outside shot.

Has excellent mobility and is very fluid in transition. Displays some SF skills and has good ball handling skills for a young big man. Can bring the ball up the court and shows a nice ability to beat defenders with the dribble, using spin moves and an impressive first step. Has a lot of bounce and gets off the floor quickly. Can play with his head at the rim.

A solid rebounder and interior defender, Simanic has the type of frame that can hold up against the rigors of the NBA. He should have no problem defending NBA PFs once he fills out his frame with muscle. Does a good job of fighting for position on rebounds and is fundamentally sound with boxing out. Has enough foot-speed and lateral quickness to guard smaller players on the perimeter.

Has excellent shooting form with a really smooth flip of the wrist. Should develop into a high level three point shooter and is a solid free throw shooter.

Cons
Needs to add muscle, upper and lower body.

Needs to continue to develop his outside shot and get more consistent from three.

Comparisons
Has a little Nikola Jokic in his game.

Projection: first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft


Javonte Smart NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-4 - Point Guard - LA

A big, quick and crafty point guard who has great handles and superior play-making ability.

Pros
Has ideal size for the position and an NBA body. He's big, strong and has top level burst and quickness. Athletically he can hold his own against NBA level athletes and he has a chance to become a special player at the PG position.

Smart is very crafty with the ball and has great ball-handling ability. He has a quick first step to blow by defenders and a super quick crossover... breaking ankles on his drives to the basket. He's at his best when he's driving and dishing or taking it all the way to the rim and he's very difficult to stop in the open court.

Uses his size well to shield off defenders and can play with his back to the basket and punish smaller PGs in the lane. His strength is evident in the way he finishes through contact and in his ability to score in the lane against taller defenders.

Cons
His outside shooting is still a work in progress and he needs to improve from three point land, from mid range and with his shot selection. He's got ok but not great form on his jumper and his release point is a bit too low.

Comparisons
A PG version of Dion Waiters or a stronger Reggie Jackson. Marcus Smart.

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft

Trae Young NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-2 - 170lbs - OK - PG

A true point guard with a deft shooting touch but average athleticism.

Pros
Young is an insanely smooth player who possess great ball handling skills and a lethal three point shot. He can control the game with his ball handling and draw-and-kick ability. He has excellent court vision and plays like a natural point guard, doing a great job of controlling the flow of the game, drawing the defense and finding the open man.

His shooting ability keeps the defense honest and when combined with his drive and kick ability, makes him a very dangerous offensive weapon. He gets his shot within the flow of the offense and can also step up in big moments and take over the game.

His high basketball I.Q. is evident on the defensive end where he plays with great positioning and good fundamentals. He reads the play quickly and has enough quick-twitch to jump the passing lanes to get the steal.

Young is a leader on the court and a true play-maker. The type of player who teammates love to play with.

Cons
Lacks ideal strength/size/speed by NBA standards and will be over-matched physically against many of today's NBA PGs.

Young shoots the ball from a low position, making it easier for the defender to block. Can he get his shot against NBA D? Can he improve his three point shot to the point where it's a real weapon?

Comparisons
Luther Head

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Luke Kennard NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-6 - SG - Duke

A sweet shooting 2-guard who lacks ideal athleticism but plays a crafty game. Fundamentally sound and efficient player who should have a long career as a role player in the NBA.

Pros
Kennard is a highly efficient player who makes the most out of his abilities and makes the right basketball play. He hits a high percentage from the field, from 3 and from the line. He does his scoring within the flow of the offense, doing a great job of utilizing screens and moving without the ball. He's a knock down shooter who steps up in the clutch and isn't afraid to take the big shot.

Kennard has NBA range on his 3 and a compact, smooth release on his shot. He projects as a high level shooter at the next level who will likely be a role player who comes in for instant offense.

He is well built with a solid frame and enough strength to finish through contact.

Not an explosive athlete but plays with crafty quickness and great positioning. A solid team defender who has enough strength to hold his own against most wings.

He's a great teammate, hard worker and the type of player who adds to the team beyond the box score.

Cons
Although he's really good at scoring the ball, he doesn't project as a first or second option in the NBA. He'll likely be more of a role player than a player you build a franchise around.

Lacks big time athletic ability and is a step slow by NBA standards.

Does most of his scoring from the perimeter and isn't a great finisher in the lane.

Can he guard NBA 2-guards?

Comparisons
Kyle Korver. Wesley Matthews

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