Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Domantas Sabonis NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - Power Forward - Gonzaga

A tough and skilled PF/C from great bloodlines. An intelligent player with nice physical tools.

Pros
A strong post player (6-10, 230lbs) who possesses a great combination of basketball IQ and tenacity. His intelligence really shows up on defense, as he plays with great positioning and rotates well.  Sabonis is an exceptional rebounder and does the dirty work well.

Has enough wiggle to take his man off the dribble and get to the rim. Doesn't blow you away with speed or leaping ability but his feel for the game is advanced.  Has a nice array of moves with his back to the basket and can score over either shoulder. A good (but not great) free throw shooter.

Cons
Is not the most explosive leaper and is only an average rim protector. Better suited for the half court game. Projects as a very solid pro but with limited upside.

Is still developing his mid range game and gaining consistency on his jumper from 15 feet.

Projection: mid to late first round pick in the 2015 or 2016 NBA Draft


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Justin Anderson NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-6 - Small Forward - Virginia

A powerful and skilled wing who is rock solid in all aspects of the game. A real leader and winner.

Pros
Versatile, strong and quick with a well-rounded game. Anderson can score from all three levels and has the strength to hold his own in the lane.  Is vastly improved from beyond the three point line and has become a real threat on offense.

A very cerebral player who finds teammates well and gets his shots within the flow of the offense.

A stout defender who can guard multiple positions and always puts in good effort on the defensive end. Has enough foot speed to match up against quicker guards and has the strength to defend in the post.

Cons
A solid role player who doesn't project as a star player at the next level.  Good but not great in many aspects of the game.

Must continue to improve his ball handling and cut down on turnovers.

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Georges Niang NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-8 - Small Forward - Iowa State


A high IQ player who contributes in all aspects of the game. Doesn't blow you away with speed or athleticism but plays the game with great skill, leadership and smarts.

Pros
One of the smartest players in the country who always makes the right play and gets himself and his teammates in good position. Has all of the intangibles and leadership ability you could hope for.

Is highly skilled with the ball in his hands and makes up for his lack of athleticism with a nice array of ball fakes and ball handling ability. Can score well in the mid range and is a decent three point shooter.  Excels at finding teammates and has point-forward tendencies.

A very skilled defender who plays with energy and great positioning.

Cons
Almost as slow as Kyle Anderson (but also almost as good as Kyle Anderson).

He doesn't get up and down the court well, doesn't play above the rim and will be over-matched on a nightly basis at the next level.

Projection: mid second round pick in the 2015 or 2016 NBA Draft.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christian Wood NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - Power Forward - UNLV

A long, athletic power forward who has developed a nice touch from outside. Must add a lot of strength/weight but is a good shot blocker and improving overall defender.

Pros
Wood can really shoot the ball and has a quick and high release on his shot, making it very difficult to block. Has improved his accuracy from outside and seems to have a lot more room for improvement ahead of him. Has a soft touch around the rim.

Has very good length, good hops and excellent timing as a shot blocker. Plays above the rim with ease and puts in good effort on both the defensive and offensive glass.

Woods is a player who is just scratching the surface of his potential and has a lot of upside ahead of him. Has all of the physical tools to excel at the next level.

Cons
Has taken a step back as a free throw shooter and must improve his accuracy and consistency.

At about 220lbs he can get pushed around in the paint and will have to add a lot of strength to compete at the next level.

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