Friday, January 6, 2017

Justin Patton NBA Draft Scouting Report

7-0 - C - Creighton

A big physical presence with excellent athleticism for a center and a good looking outside shot.

Pros
Patton is developing into a high level center prospect thanks to his great size and mobility, along with an intriguing offensive game. At 7 feet tall he not only impacts the game in the lane but can step out and hit the three point shot and can make plays in transition. He has a smooth overhead release that is difficult to block, and he hits a high percentage of his shots.

His interior defense and rebounding ability make him a valuable commodity, as he can impact the game without needing the ball in his hands. He does a nice job of staying vertical on defense and he changes a lot of shots in the lane with his length.

Patton moves really well for a 7 footer, showing a quick burst and good coordination. He changes ends very well and shows off his quickness with dribble-drives to the hoop. He has a frame that can add more muscle and he has the size and strength to hold is own against NBA centers.

Cons
Patton is still very raw, especially offensively. His outside shot is inconsistent and he is a very poor free throw shooter.

Needs to do a better job of protecting the ball and keeping the ball high on rebounds.

Still learning the finer points of the game and figuring out just how good he can be. 

Comparisons
In body type, Patton lies somewhere on the spectrum between Karl-Anthony Towns and Patrick O'Bryant. He's certainly not as good as KAT and hopefully much better than O'Bryant.

His skill set is reminescent of Chris Kaman (although he runs the floor better than Kaman) and LaMarcus Aldridge. He's got big time potential - and bust potential as well.

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