Friday, December 2, 2016

Jawun Evans NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-1 - Oklahoma State - PG

A compact, quick and powerful point guard who can score in bunches. Moving up draft boards as he continues his stellar play.

Pros
Evans is a strong and quick lead guard who really excels at scoring the ball. He scores efficiently from all three levels and is tough to keep out of the lane. His quickness, strength and ball-handling skills allow him to get to his spots and control the flow of the offense.

He collapses the defense with the dribble-drive and can score amongst the trees or kick it out for an open shot.

Hits the three point shot at a high percentage and shows good shot selection. Loves to have the ball in his hands in crutch time.

Lightening quick in the open court and does a nice job of pushing the ball in transition.

Evans is a menace on the defensive end. A pesky ball hawk, he gets lots of steals and puts a ton of pressure on opposing point guards. He plays with a low center of gravity and has really quick feet, allowing him to keep his man from driving. Plays the passing lanes well and has good defensive awareness.

Cons
Doesn't have great size (although has good strength) and will have a lot of tough match ups at the next level vs bigger point guards.

Can over-drive the ball and get caught in no-man's land. Is not much of an above the rim player and could struggle to score in the lane against NBA size/length.

Comparisons
Reminds of Kyle Lowry with his compact build and scoring ability. Looks a little bit like Chris Paul and has a similar style of play.

Projection: mid first round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bennie Boatwright NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - PF - USC

A highly skilled power forward with a smooth offensive game.

Pros
Boatwright is a natural scorer who knows how to operate within the flow of the offense. He's a solid three point shooter and knows how to get his shot off.

Does a nice job of setting screens and getting in the way of defenders. Has a good feel on the pick and pop and finds the three point line well.

Is a really good free throw shooter.

Cons
Doesn't have great foot speed or athleticism. Will struggle to guard quicker PF's on the perimeter and doesn't protect the rim well. Average transition player on both defense and offense.

On offense he floats around the perimeter too much and doesn't score well in the post, even at the college level. Projects as more of a shooting specialist/role player at the next level. Not a very efficient scorer and needs a lot of shots to get his points.

Below average rebounder.

Comparisons
Mo Speights. Poor man's Henry Ellenson.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tyler Lydon NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-9 - PF - Syracuse

A stretch-four with NBA level shooting ability. Could be a valuable three point specialist at the next level.

Pros
A lights out three point shooter who has great form, a quick release and big time confidence shooting the ball.

Lydon has pretty good length and can surprise with his quick elevation and above the rim play. He's not a run/jump athlete but he's got some springs and enough quick twitch to hold his own.

Although he doesn't project as much of an interior defender at the next level he does a good job of challenging shots at the rim and gets his share of blocked shots.

Knows his role and plays within the flow of the offense. Understands spacing and off the ball movement and does a nice job of finding his shot.

Cons
Will be a liability on post defense when guarding power forwards and doesn't necessarily have the foot-speed to guard most wings.

If he can hold his own defensively he has a chance to earn minutes at the next level but for now he's too one dimensional on offense and might be just a situational player.

Comparisons
Matt Bonner with a little more bounce.

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mitchell Robinson NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - PF -Western Kentucky

A raw talent with big time natural ability. He has upside as a shot blocker and the type of length that scouts love.

Pros
Robinson is a unique physical specimen, with lots of raw ability and high upside. Although he's a long ways from being NBA ready, his length and above-the-rim ability are intriguing and could make him a first round pick based on upside.

He projects as a solid rim protector who will earn his money by defending the paint. He has a quick first and second jump and gets above the rim with ease.

Robinson's athletic ability really shows itself in transition where he changes ends quickly and can be an asset on the fast break.

On offense he is very raw, scoring mostly on dunks, put backs and alley-oops - but this is a good fit for the modern NBA big man.

Cons
Very raw and still figuring out how to turn his natural ability into production on the court.

Does most of his scoring at the rim and has limited range. Is a bit clumsy with the ball and turnover prone.

Lacks lower body strength and is not a natural power player.

Does he have all the intangibles - the desire, work ethic, basketball I.Q.?

Comparisons
Hassan Whiteside.

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