chris-lofton-1.jpg Chris Lofton - The Draft Review
  • Name: Chris Lofton
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height: 6-2 (1.88m)
  • Weight: 200 (91kg)
  • College Team: Tennessee Volunteers
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky
  • Birthdate: 3/27/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not drafted by an NBA franchise.
nba Chris Lofton - The Draft Review

Strengths: Owns legit NBA three point range on his jumper … Excellent shooting mechanics give him a quick release that allows him to convert difficult shots, despite pressure, by gaining just a little daylight to get off … Crafty player who uses creative shots such as runners and floaters to compensate for his athletic shortcomings … Not surprising, Lofton possesses a great feel for the game and is as fundamentally sound as you can find on the college level … Has improved this year on taking a couple dribbles to get into the lane … Possesses a nice step back jumper to get separation 18 feet from the basket … Tremendous free throw shooter … A tough player who will play through pain and injuries … Defensively, Lofton shows good effort, decently quick hands and above average anticipation skills … Doesn’t back down from a challenge and is simply a clutch player who wants the ball in his hands … Gym rat that spends countless hours working on his skills … Quality upper body strength enables him absorb contact well … A talented shooter off catch and shoot opportunities where he can make unbalanced shots with regularity … Possesses a scoring mindset that gives him great confidence in putting the ball in the basket no matter how bad he is shooting - he never looses faith in his ability to score … Maturity level will endear him to NBA teams in search of locker room guys …

Weaknesses: At 6-2, Lofton is undersized at the shooting guard position … To further compound issues he isn’t a great creator off the dribble, as his first step is average at best … This inability to create separation usually makes Lofton settle for shots instead of driving to the basket …. Athletically, he lacks explosiveness and is viewed by many as an average athlete … This impacts him on the defensive end as his lateral quickness is suspect, not to mention his height, which will make him a post-up target … Shooting has gone through periods of inconsistency this year … It remains highly questionable if he will ever be able to play the point guard position … Lacks even the basic of skills, as his court vision, ability to run an offense, and experience to make the transition, even in spot minutes, at point guard questionable … Ball handling ability has improved this season but is still a work in progress … Not a great finisher in transition or in traffic where athleticism becomes a needed resource … Lofton has got so much out of his limited assets that it is highly unlikely there is much he can improve on … Doesn’t provide much when it comes to rebounding the ball … Isn’t able to really capitalize on his excellent free throw shooting as he doesn’t draw many fouls from opposing defenders …

Matthew Maurer - 5/16/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Tennessee

31

48.1

46.5

85.4

1.3

0.1

3.6

1.5

13.2

2005-06 Tennessee

30

46.6

43.7

91.7

2.0

0.1

3.5

1.9

17.2

2006-07 Tennessee

31

47.9

41.9

81.1

1.5

0.1

3.1

1.7

20.8

2007-08 Tennessee

36

39.9

38.4

84.2

1.3

0.1

3.2

1.8

15.5

DIV I Totals

128

45.4

42.5

85.5

1.5

0.1

3.3

1.7

16.6