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


Monday, September 8, 2014

Udoka Azubuike NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - Center - FL

A man-child of a post player with brute strength and good athleticism.

Pros
Azubuike is one of the strongest post players we've seen in years. He has natural brute strength and a solid frame. He can overpower most opponents and is a real force in the lane.

A surprisingly good athlete and quick leaper, Azubuike can play above the rim and has good hops for such a powerful player. Gets a ton of big dunks and a lot of rebounds.

Has a good head on his shoulders and is a team first player.

Cons
Needs to stay lean and mean. Has the potential to get too heavy and loose some of his explosiveness. Conditioning could be a negative, as he's not a natural run and jump athlete.

There are questions about his actual age (but no question about his talent on the basketball court).

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Juwan Staten NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-1 - Point Guard - West Virginia

A compact and physical guard with a well rounded game.

Pros
Staten can do a little bit of everything on the court. He rebounds at a high rate and fills up the stat sheet with assists, steals, boards and points.

Has become a solid outside shooter to compliment his ability to get into the lane.

Has top level strength and quickness with a quick first step. Elevates well and uses his physical tools to play bigger than his size. Can score in traffic and battle in the lane well for a lead guard.

Cons
Is more of a combo guard but at 6-1 will need to polish his point guard skills. Still has a need to improve his three point shooting and hit free throws at a higher rate.

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


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Goodluck Okonoboh NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-9 - Power Forward - UNLV

An above-the-rim PF who can really defend in the lane.

Pros
Okonoboh is a quick leaper who can really play above the rim. He's got good length and nice hops. Shows good timing on his jumps (both rebounding and blocking shots) and is always a threat for a put-back dunk.

Is a standout on defense who changes a lot of shots in paint. Gets vertical quickly and has good discipline, rarely going for pump fakes or committing silly fouls.Slides his feet well and plays with good understanding and positioning.

His scoring is mostly limited to in the lane but he's developing a good feel and soft touch around the basket (when he's not throwing down dunks). Plays with good energy.

Cons
Has less than ideal size for the NBA level and will have to either bulk up a lot or develop some stretch-four ability (or both).

Has a limited offensive game at this point and needs work developing a mid range game and better ball skills.

Projection: possible first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft