Saturday, December 31, 2016

Robert Williams NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-9 - PF - Texas A&M

A raw but promising PF who has nice physical tools including great length, quickness and leaping ability.

Pros
Williams is a bouncy and strong athlete who can explode off the floor for dunks and is a menace on the defensive end. He's got great length (7-4 wingspan), good timing and a commitment to protecting the rim. Moves his feet really well with good back-peddle and lateral agility and can cover a lot of ground quickly.

Although his offensive game is raw, he shows a lot of promise with his back to the basket moves, with great body control and a high release point on his jump-hook. His leaping ability allows him to get his shot off in the lane, even against taller defenders.

Has promising form on his jumper and is an excellent free throw shooter for a young big man.

Moves without the ball well and does a good job of changing speeds to get open for the pass. Is always a threat for back door lobs and shows off his quickness on the pick and roll.

Knows his role and players within himself. Does the dirty work and plays with passion. Is an excellent offensive rebounder and keeps a lot of possessions alive for his team.

A quick leaper with excellent size/strength/agility combo.

An upside pick.

Cons
Will be undersized against some NBA PF/C's and will have to expand his game to match up. Needs to continue to get stronger and do a better job finishing through contact.

Very raw and untested, with a lot of development left to do before he becomes an NBA level player. Must improve his touch around the rim and refine his post-up game.

Doesn't have great handles and needs to do a better job of catching the ball and protecting it in traffic. Too turnover prone.

Comparisons
Tristan Thompson or a stronger Kevon Looney. Richaun Holmes.

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