Monday, January 18, 2016

Markelle Fultz NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-5 - Point Guard - Washington

A talented and smooth guard who can play on or off the ball and has big time scoring ability.

Pros
Very skilled with the dribble and at making plays in transition. Has a lightening quick first step and is always a threat to take it to the rim. A fluid athlete who has all of the raw ability to become a star at the NBA level.

He hits on a lot of floaters and mid range shots and is really smooth with the ball in his hands. Has a soft touch around the basket and is becoming an awesome above the rim player.

Gets good elevation on his shot and is adept at hitting step back and fade away jumpers, using his quickness and ball handling to get his shot off.

Plays a fast game and is always in attack mode. Hustles up and down the court and impacts many aspects of the game, from defense to rebounding, passing and scoring the ball.

Shows flashes of lead guard ability and the potential to be a true floor general. He'd have a lot more assists this year if his teammates could hit shots.

Has wiry strength and good length for the position. He has all of the tools to become a standout defender and he shows flashes of lock-down defense. He's very quick to recover and contest jumpers and he has great chase-down ability and is a high level shot blocker for a guard.

Shoots the 3 ball well, with a smooth and effortless shot. His explosive ability with the dribble frees up room for him to rise up for jumpers and he hits a high percentage from downtown (over 40%).

Cons
Needs to continue to develop his passing and decision making and learn to stay under control on the dribble drive. Can get caught up in the 1 on 1 game and forget to run the offense. He can be too predictable on his moves to the basket and tends to switch back to the right hand to finish. Developing his left hand will help him a lot.

Although he's only a freshmen, it would be nice to see him take on more of a leadership role and lead the team to victories.

Defensively he has all the ability but doesn't always show the passion and intensity you'd like to see. He can loose track of his man and get caught ball watching and needs to show better defensive awareness. An average 1 on 1 defender.

Needs to fill out his frame and add muscle.

Is not yet a good free throw shooter at below 70%.

Comparisons
Reminds me of a bigger and better version of Jordan Clarkson with a little Zach LaVine in his game. Dare I say Russell Westbrook?!

Projection: top 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft