Zhaire Smith NBA Draft Scouting Report

Position

  Height

 Weight

 From

SG SF  6-5  195  Texas Tech

  Born

  Wingspan

  Standing Reach

  Vertical

 6/4/99 6-9 NA  NA

Overview
Smith is a strong, quick and aggressive player who can really get after it on the defensive end. He's got tremendous length and great defensive instincts.

Strengths
  • Athleticism through the roof
  • Length for size (+4 wingspan)
  • Powerfully built with good strength
  • Defensive instincts and effort
  • A very good shot blocker for a wing
  • Intangibles: energy, effort, coachability
  • Is always in the right position and really understands the game at a high level
  • A great offensive rebounder
Weaknesses
  • Shooting: not yet a great three point shooter or free throw shooter (although he's showing rapid improvement)
  • Needs to polish his ball-handling ability and play-making skills
  • Doesn't project as a number one option on offense
Comparisons
  • Reminds of K.J. McDaniels with his great defense and athleticism but has higher upside on the offensive end.
  • Sterling Brown 
  • A more athletic John Starks
Projection: mid first to early second round pick in the 2018 or 2019 NBA Draft