Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nick Richards NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - C - Kentucky

A big, bruising center who plays with great burst and suddenness. A high upside prospect who could develop into a lottery pick.

Pros
A true center, Richards excels at rebounding and dunking the ball. He is a force in the paint at both ends of the floor, fighting hard for rebounds and throwing his weight around.

He has broad shoulders and good strength to go along with quick, nimble feet and good mobility. He's a surprisingly fluid athlete for his size and has all the physical tools to develop into a NBA center.

His offensive game shows a lot of promise. Although he's not known for his shooting, he does have excellent form on his jump shot and should develop into a good mid ranger shooter.

Richards does a nice job of scoring in the low post, using strong, quick moves to the hoop and a soft touch on his righty baby hook shot. His suddenness is impressive, as he can blow by the defender with an explosive first step.

Defensively Richards is a major presence in the lane and has an impact on the game that doesn't always show up in the box score. He does a nice job of muscling opponents out of the lane and limiting in-the-paint scoring. He has good defensive fundamentals and plays with good positioning.

Although he's still very unpolished, Richards flashes big time potential and the sky is the limit for how good he can be.

Cons
His offensive game is a work in progress and his mid range shooting has a ways to go before it's a consistent part of his game.

Needs to develop his left hand post moves and refine his footwork in the post.

Can be too loose with the basketball and will have to tighten up his handles. Isn't a great passing big.

Comparisons
Steven Adams, Tony Battie.

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2018 or 2019 NBA Draft