2008 NBA Draft

 
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Strengths: Tough minded player who doesn’t back down from the physicality of opposing defenders … Excellent fundamental skills with a great feel for the game … Understands how to use his versatility to lure forwards out to the perimeter where he uses his dribble or mid-range shot to create scoring opportunities … Owns an extremely high basketball IQ that makes up for some of his athletic shortcomings … Possesses legit NBA three point range with a quick release that he can make with regularity … Excellent in catch and shoot situations from mid-range … Anderson plays above average post defense with good effort in that he keeps his body between his man and the basket … Blue collar approach to the game in that he will out-hustle or out-work anyone on the court 90 percent of the time … This is especially handy when rebounding as he understands how to box out opposing forwards and will tap out of position rebounds to himself … Unselfish player who is a quality passer for a player his size … Will use a number of head fakes and hesitation moves to get defenders off their feet … Does a tremendous job creating contact to draw fouls for free throws opportunities … Once on the line he is an excellent free throw shooter … Does a lot of the crafty things that don’t show up in the box score, such as understanding how to use his body to shield against bigger players in the paint … Work ethic is well documented …

Weaknesses: Athletically, Anderson isn't blessed with great explosiveness, nor is he the most agile of players his size … A semi-tweener, as there will be some talk as to what position he will play in the NBA … Although the size of a power forward, Anderson's game resembles more of a small forward - the issue is that his athleticism could limit his effectiveness … Back to basket skills are not used much during the course of a game as he clearly prefers facing the basket … Defensively, his lateral movement is questionable if he has to defend on the perimeter … Post defense struggles a bit when he has to match the physicality or superior athleticism of an opposing forward … Lack of strength prevents him from denying opposing players position in the post … Legs and hips appear a bit stiff, which could limit him from ever becoming a competent perimeter defender … While Anderson can take slower forwards off the dribble, he lacks the foot speed to gain full separation … Settles too often for shooting from the perimeter instead of exploiting mismatches … Despite his height, Anderson has never been a shot blocker on any level of basketball … Could stand to add more body strength, but his body type suggests that this could sacrifice some of his already average athleticism … Overrated in his upside due to his physical limitations - make no mistake that he will improve, but in terms of skill growth, he’s closer to his ceiling than his sophomore class status would suggest …

Matthew Maurer - 6/23/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PP4

2006-07 California

34

47.4

38.0

80.9

0.6

0.6

8.1

0.5

16.4

2007-08 California

33

49.0

41.0

86.9

0.4

0.5

9.9

1.4

21.1

DIV I Totals

66

48.4

39.6

84.1

0.5

0.5

9.0

0.9

18.7

 

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Crvena Zvezda

5

50.0

14.3

100.0

0.6

---

2.6

0.4

5.6

2006-07 Crvena Zvezda

24

51.1

25.9

78.9

0.8

0.2

3.8

0.4

9.4

2007-08 Crvena Zvezda

28

52.0

45.1

81.0

0.6

0.2

5.9

1.4

20.5

Totals

57

51.7

38.6

80.9

0.7

0.2

4.7

0.8

14.5

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Mississippi State

22

56.1

---

27.3

0.2

0.4

1.9

0.5

2.4

2005-06 Mississippi State

6

54.1

---

64.0

0.5

0.8

5.0

0.5

9.3

2006-07 UAB

Did Not Play Transfer Student

2007-08 UAB

12

52.3

00.0

52.3

1.2

1.8

6.8

1.7

14.2

DIV I Totals

40

53.7

00.0

49.5

0.5

0.9

3.8

0.8

9.0

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2003-04 Indiana

28

52.5

100.0

48.1

0.5

0.6

3.6

0.2

2.8

2004-05 Indiana

29

47.7

33.3

57.4

0.8

0.6

3.8

0.8

4.0

2005-06 Georgetown

Did Not Play Transfer Student

2006-07 Georgetown

36

53.5

44.4

53.5

0.4

0.5

2.1

1.1

4.1

2007-08 Georgetown

34

52.9

28.3

65.8

1.0

0.7

4.2

1.8

6.1

DIV I Totals

127

51.8

49.8

56.5

0.7

0.6

3.4

1.0

4.3

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Kentucky

31

36.1

26.5

57.7

0.2

0.0

1.8

0.3

3.2

2005-06 Kentucky

32

41.1

36.2

71.8

0.3

0.3

3.9

1.1

10.2

2006-07 Kentucky

34

44.4

35.0

63.7

0.8

0.3

4.0

2.4

14.0

2007-08 Kentucky

30

46.9

36.4

76.2

0.6

0.2

3.6

2.1

17.9

DIV I Totals

127

42.1

33.6

67.2

0.5

0.2

3.3

1.5

11.3

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Strengths: Hill has most of the physical tools to be a quality defender on the next level with his quick hands, anticipation, and long arms … Moves well without the ball in his hands … Has shown the ability to shoot the three point shot off the dribble or when his feet set with some bit of success … Aggressive mindset allows him to initiate contact on drives to the basket to draw fouls … A quality free throw shooter … Possesses the feel for the game that you can not teach … This court awareness enables him to play with poise and confidence … Possesses the deceptive 1st step to get initial separation from his defender … Above average ball handler who could play the point guard position in spot minutes … Plays with a calm demeanor and is rarely out of control … Hustler who does a great job rebounding the ball … Despite being a scorer, Hill has the unselfish quality of looking for teammates … Plays bigger than his height due to his extremely long arms … This is one of the reasons he can convert in traffic despite his average athleticism … Understands how to utilize screens to get open for catch and shoot opportunities … Plays within himself and never tries to exceed his limitations … His college coach labeled him a hard worker with a great work ethic ...

Weaknesses: An average athlete with average size for a two guard, which could prevent him from being able to play the shooting guard position … To compound issues most scouts view him as a tweener stuck between both guard positions … While he has decent size for a point, he lacks the experience, decision making and court vision … Shooting off the dribble from the perimeter can go through periods of inconsistency … One of those players who has a wide arrange of skills, but doesn't standout in any one area … Defensively, Hill could stand to improve his lateral quickness, although his basketball IQ helps compensate for much of this on the collegiate level … Aggressiveness can cause him to pick up quick fouls … Hill is prone to turning the ball over when he over thinks the game and forces passes … Lacks the explosiveness to get full separation from his defender - opposing defenders will often ride his hip or back to the basket … Upside isn’t all that great - although any 22 year old will make improvements his athleticism and overall skill set may limit how much he can improve on … Could stand to add 5-10 more pounds of weight to his physique … Durability could be a issue as Hill broke his right foot last year and played this season with a metal pin holding his surgically repaired foot … Good feet are a premium in basketball and while this season he has not shown to be favoring his feet, it should still be an area of concern …

Matthew Maurer - 6/23/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PP4

2004-05 IUPUI

29

52.3

41.2

70.9

1.4

0.2

4.5

2.2

10.7

2005-06 IUPUI

29

51.8

32.0

79.8

1.7

0.3

6.0

3.6

18.9

2006-07 IUPUI

5

50.9

30.8

65.2

1.6

---

5.4

2.0

14.6

2007-08 IUPUI

32

54.5

45.0

81.2

1.8

0.4

6.8

4.3

21.5

DIV I Totals

95

52.9

33.8

78.5

1.6

0.3

5.7

3.3

17.0

 

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Strengths: Explosive athlete with great quickness and leaping ability … Taylor loves to push the ball down the court at full speed, which enables him to use his quickness and creativity on finishes … Gets separation at will thanks to his quick first step and change of speed ball handling … Flashy point guard with great confidence in his abilities … Has three point range on his jumper … Once in the lane Taylor uses his long arms, athleticism and body control to convert difficult finishes … If the defense collapses on his drive to the basket, Taylor uses his court vision to dish the ball off … Defensively, he has all the physical tools to develop into an elite defender with his aggressiveness, quick hands, long arms and tremendous lateral movement … This allows him to apply very heavy pressure on most opposing guards … Plays passing lanes for quick steal opportunities … Does a good job of creating contact on drives to the basket … Above average rebounder for his size thanks to his long arms and athleticism … Despite being the age of most college seniors, Taylor still has a great deal of potential left to develop … Court vision is above average for most point guards … Seems to have that killer instinct to keep dominating no matter the outcome of the score … Level of competition is extremely high as the NBDL allowed him to play against numerous 1st round picks and former NBA veterans …

Weaknesses: Despite his ability to get in the lane, Taylor lacks any real resemblance of a mid-range game … Some of this could be due to his inconsistent shooting from the perimeter … Can get so caught up in the moment that he can be out of control on drives to the basket … Has a bit of a quick temper as his body language and facial expressions during the season displayed some frustration with teammates … Clearly not as efficient running an offense in a half court set … Point guard qualities are questionable as he has a tendency to be selfish and passes only when he seems to be forced, such as when the defense collapses … Could stand to add a good deal of weight to his slight frame … His lack of upper body strength prevents him from finishing after contact occurs … Prone to being flashy at the most inconvenient times when simplicity would be better - this is often the reason for his turnovers … Plays without limits in that he doesn’t understand what his role or limitations are as a player … Perimeter defense can be a little inconsistent as he gambles quite a bit going for steals, which enables his assignment to beat him before he can recover … Shot selection can be questionable at times … Had some legal run-ins during his junior season with Iowa State which led him to be kicked off the team, but to his credit, both his NBDL coach and former coach at Iowa State have said that he is a solid person and has matured significantly …

Matthew Maurer - 6/23/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Chipola JC.

31

46.6

12.5

72.8

0.6

0.1

3.5

1.9

6.9

2005-06 Chipola JC.

33

47.6

39.6

64.2

1.8

0.2

5.5

3.5

12.5

2006-07 Iowa State

31

37.6

36.0

68.2

1.1

0.1

4.1

4.5

16.0

2007-08 Idaho (D-League)

39

48.2

33.8

70.7

1.2

0.2

3.5

4.3

14.5

D-League Totals

39

48.2

33.8

70.7

1.2

0.2

3.5

4.3

14.5

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Strengths: Ajinca is a physically intriguing prospect with his 7-1 size and tremendous wingspan … Despite his size he can catch the ball in the high post and then use his ball handling ability to get to the rim … Possesses soft touch around the basket on jump hooks or bank shots from the low post … Provides a shot blocking presence thanks to his length, timing and wingspan … Has shown the ability to face the basket and hit occasional jumpers 16 feet from mid-range … Runs the floor very well for his size, which enables him to usually outrun his assignment in transition … Ajinca is a quality rebounder out of position due to his wingspan and also displays decent in-area rebounding thanks to his length … Has decently soft hands to catch most passes thrown into the post … Does a good job of getting his body wide when posting up … Excellent free throw shooter with good mechanics … Passes the ball well out of the post and recognizes double teams quickly … Possesses solid athleticism, allowing him to use his length to finish around the basket on lob passes … Back to the basket skills are still in need of development, but shows promise with a good looking turnaround jumper and jump hook … Upside is tremendous for someone with his physique and the fact that his bad habits are correctable … Moves with above average fluidness while maintaining his balance in the traffic … Once motivated Ajinca plays the game with a mean streak …

Weaknesses: Even though Ajinca has noticeably added more weight since last year, he remains 15-20 pounds away from the size he needs to be … Gets pushed around and bumped rather easily … This contact sometimes appears to bother Ajinca, which raises questions about his toughness … Lack of body strength often prevents him from establishing good position in the post without getting pushed out … Not a great offensive rebounder at this point as he gets boxed out easily by opposing players who don’t have his size advantage … Based on how his body distributes his weight there may be some concern that adding more bulk could hinder his explosiveness … Not a very effective help defender due to his stiff lateral movement … Has choppy post footwork, which is why his post moves take a little time to execute, but to his credit is vastly improved since last year … Doesn’t possess the top level experience that many of his European counterparts have … Back to the basket moves are often predictable and could stand more variety, such as an up and under or spin move … Can be a little too focused on blocking shots, which can lead to him picking up simple fouls … Post defense is a skill in need of refinement as he rarely tries to deny opposing players post position and often relies too much on his shot blocking opposed to using his body to stay between his man and the basket …

Matthew Maurer - 5/2/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Pau Orthez

2

00.0

00.0

50.0

0.1

0.1

0.4

0.1

0.1

2007-08 Hyeres-Toulon

29

53.5

40.0

56.4

0.3

0.9

2.8

0.5

4.5

Totals

31

51.0

20.0

58.7

0.3

0.9

2.8

0.5

4.3

 

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Strengths: Great athlete capable of jumping with the best of them … Owns a great motor, constantly moves without the ball in his hands … Underrated passer who possesses good court vision and the willingness to pass to open teammates … Has a solid looking turnaround jumper that he can make with some regularity … Shows the ability to catch and shoot from mid-range 16 feet from the basket … Solid shooting mechanics demonstrate good elevation and a high release … Does a great job of creating contact in the post to earn free throw opportunities … A solid free throw shooter … Uses his body control and soft touch to create in traffic around the basket … Has shown the ability to hit the occasional three point shot … Defensively, Alexander shows the promise to develop into a competent defender with his quick hands and shot blocking presence … Owns a great work ethic and appears very coachable, as he has responded in a big way in his first season with respected Head Coach Bob Huggins … Doesn’t back down under pressure and wants the ball in hands in crucial moments … Athleticism enables him to finish with flash in transition or around the basket … Possesses quality upper body strength to absorb contact and finish … Uses his length and decently quick first step to drive past slower-footed defenders … Has a tremendous amount of growth to develop - despite being a junior he has yet to scratch the ceiling of his potential …

Weaknesses: Ball handling ability still requires a good deal of improvement and is mediocre for the small forward position … While he shows promise in putting together solid looking crossovers, he still lacks the ability to consistently create shots for himself … Too often settles for turnaround jumpers or mid-range shots instead of taking the ball to the basket … Has three point range, but remains a streaky and unreliable shooter at best … Must improve moving lateral on defense as he often gets beat off the dribble by opposing forwards … Some question his commitment to defense … With his explosive leaping ability he gets boxed out at times and outworked on the glass … Back to the basket moves are undeveloped, which prevent him from takinge advantage of mismatches … Struggles to match the physicality of opposing defenders, but this only seems to occur when he has to defend power forwards … A tweener on some levels, as his defensive ability is more suited for the power forward and his offense is better suited for the small forward position … Can be foul prone at times, especially on the defensive end, as he tends to bite on pump fakes when going for the block … At this point it seems as though he is relying too much on his athleticism instead of fundamentals or thinking the game through … Still learning what he can do on the floor offensively and doesn’t have a great deal of variety when it comes to scoring … Is an unknown on many levels and will be a high risk high reward pick that could take a little time to payoff in the NBA …

Matthew Maurer - 6/10/08

 

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 West Virginia

10

50.0

00.0

62.5

0.1

0.7

0.7

0.2

1.3

2006-07 West Virginia

36

42.5

30.5

63.6

0.6

1.1

4.3

1.9

10.3

2007-08 West Virginia

36

46.2

26.8

81.4

0.7

1.5

6.4

2.4

16.9

DIV I Totals

82

45.0

25.2

71.3

0.6

1.2

4.8

1.9

12.1

 

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  • Name: Marreese Speights
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-10 (2.08m)
  • Weight: 245 (111kg)
  • College Team: Florida Gators
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Birthdate: 8/4/1987 
  • Drafted: Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round (16th pick overall) of 2008 NBA Draft.
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Strengths: Above average athlete capable of running the floor … Has a great understanding of keeping the ball high on put-backs or on post moves - this lack of wasted movement disrupts defenders from being able to recover … Shows good upper body strength and body control to absorb contact and finish around the basket … Once fouled, Speights is a solid enough free throw shooter to convert the extra point … Displays soft touch around the basket where he has the ability to hit 14 feet from the basket … Great passer when double teams occur due to his solid court vision … Back to basket skills display great promise as he has a nice looking jump hook that he can make with both hands, as well as a quality spin move … Post footwork shows great fluidness and balance … Highly efficient rebounder who has no problem rebounding in his area or out of his position … Quality hands that are soft enough to catch passes without fumbling, yet strong enough to secure rebounds without getting stripped … Displays good lateral movement for his size … Speights' post defense improved as the season progressed … Works hard to disrupt opposing forwards from being able to set-up in the low post … Does a great job of using his mobility on help defense where his long arms make him an adequate shot blocking presence at the collegiate level … Understands where he is in relation to the basket, which prevents him from getting lost too far away/under the basket … Aggressive athlete who plays with the tough demeanor and intensity level that you love to see in a big man … Possesses the body type that can add weight without losing too much mobility or athleticism … Understands what his strengths are and rarely exceeds them …

Weaknesses: Speights' feel for the game is suspect as you may often get the feeling that he's got by in high school and college and by being stronger and bigger than everyone rather than using his basketball IQ … Doesn’t do a great job of establishing position in the post without getting pushed off the blocks … Some of this could be stamina related as he loses the aggressiveness to work the blocks as the game progresses … To compound matters Speights doesn’t always get wide enough for guards to throw easy passes … Despite having the physical advantage there are times when opposing players effectively boxing him out when rebounding … Lacks the explosiveness to be an elite shot blocker at the NBA level … Timing is another hurdle that will hold him back when blocking shots as he bites too easily on fakes … Has solid shooting range from the perimeter, but currently lacks the consistency to be a legit threat … Defensively, he doesn’t always show the effort to effectively keep his body between his man and the basket … Based on his development and athleticism his potential doesn’t show a great deal of upside to improve by the leaps and bounds that NBA GMs find appealing … Back to the basket skills still lack variety and creativity and he fails to have developed a dependable post move that he can make with regularity … There have been valid questions concerning his focus and work ethic … Will be a project for any team drafting him which, makes him a slightly risky selection if taken very early in the first round …

Matthew Maurer - 6/4/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Florida

33

67.1

---

66.7

0.2

0.5

2.6

0.1

4.1

2007-08 Florida

36

62.4

---

69.2

0.4

1.4

8.1

0.9

14.5

DIV I Totals

69

64.6

---

68.0

0.3

1.0

5.5

0.5

9.5

 

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Arkansas-Ft. Smith JC

28

N/A

40.0

80.0

2.0

N/A

5.0

2.0

14.8

2007-08 Arkansas-Ft. Smith JC.

36

46.9

33.9

69.7

0.6

0.7

4.4

2.1

15.6

2006-07 Arkansas

35

48.5

36.1

72.9

1.3

0.4

4.8

2.1

11.8

2007-08 Arkansas

34

46.4

37.0

80.3

1.3

0.2

4.5

2.6

15.0

DIV I Totals

69

47.3

36.6

76.7

1.3

0.3

4.7

2.3

13.4

 

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roots 2008 NBA Draft - The Draft ReviewBrother: Brook Lopez

Strengths: For his size, Lopez is an excellent runner of the floor … Does a good job establishing position in the post … Understands the value of not putting the ball on the floor … Owns a premium set of hands that are both strong and soft … These hands enable him to catch difficult passes thrown into the post or hold onto rebounds without getting them slapped away … Back to the basket skills are still in the developmental stages, but he's shown very good signs of a nice jump hook … Post footwork displays good quickness, balance and coordination when executing moves … Has all the physical tools needed to be a great shot blocker at the next level with long arms, explosiveness and timing … Because of his solid lateral movement Lopez is an above average help defender, which alleviates many open looks from opposing players who attempt to penetrate the lane … Plays with a calm fire and doesn’t allow his emotions to get in the way, but make no mistake, he possesses a mean streak … Quality rebounder who uses his body and mobility to grab rebounds in area and out of position … Still has some time before he reaches the ceiling on his potential … When motivated, Lopez can draw a great deal of contact when attacking the basket … Team oriented attitude in that he will do whatever is required, whether it’s being a hustle player diving on the floor for loose balls or providing an energy play such as a power dunk around the basket … Underrated basketball IQ … Court awareness is exceptional for someone with his lack of refinement … Body type suggest adding weight will not hider his athleticism …

Weaknesses: Physically, Lopez needs to continue to work on his upper body strength … Back to the basket skills are in great need of refinement … At this moment he lacks any real go-to move and could stand to incorporate more moves such as a drop step or a steady turnaround jumper … Not a great out of position rebounder when being boxed out, which could be a strength related issue … Often tries to tap the ball to himself (ala Dennis Rodman), but lacks the strength to do this while holding off his man … Could stand to expand his shooting range out to 10-12 feet as he has no face-up game … Doesn’t do a good job of holding post position without get pushed away from the basket … Average finisher around the basket, especially after contact occurs … Still prone to mental breakdowns, but to his credit he improved as the season carried on … Doesn’t always look to dominate, which makes him appear passive … Post defense must continue to improve - Lopez will often let opposing players set up position without disrupting them … Lopez is a willing passer, but doesn’t have the necessary court vision to see the floor … Free throw shooting has been an Achilles heel for Lopez - although improved he fails to be consistent … Will be a project for any team drafting him …

Matthew Maurer - 5/28/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Stanford

31

48.0

00.0

54.5

0.2

2.4

5.7

0.9

7.5

2007-08 Stanford

36

53.4

1.000

65.2

0.5

2.3

5.7

0.6

10.2

DIV I Totals

67

51.5

50.0

61.2

2.3

0.3

5.6

0.8

8.9

 

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 UCLA

39

53.8

13.2

72.3

1.1

0.6

8.2

1.3

9.1

2006-07 UCLA

35

49.2

33.3

57.0

1.7

0.8

7.4

1.9

8.2

2007-08 UCLA

33

47.8

20.0

68.9

1.0

0.5

6.0

1.5

8.8

DIV I Totals

107

50.4

21.9

66.2

1.3

0.6

7.3

1.6

8.7

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Strengths: Westbrook is a tremendous athlete capable of making explosive plays … Moves well with the ball in his hands … Has the ability to create scoring opportunities for himself off the dribble … Gets a good deal of separation from his defender thanks to his explosiveness first step … Once in the lane Westbrook has the leaping ability and body control to either dunk the ball or finish with a lay-up in traffic … Willing passer who creates most assists off driving to the basket then dishing it off … Excellent finisher in transition where he is capable of making some high energy plays …Defensively shows good lateral movement, quick hands, long arms and solid anticipation skills to play the passing lanes … These qualities effectively allow him to disrupt and pressure even the most polished players on the perimeter … Has three point range on his jumper when his feet are set … Owns an NBA ready body that is strong and compact … This enables him to absorb contact in the lane and finish … Aggressive mindset provides him with a decent number of opportunities to draw contact for free throw shots … Above average ball handler capable of using various crossovers to get past his man … Despite the height difference of most players at the shooting guard position, Westbrook has no problem shooting over them due to the high elevation on his jumper … Has the ability to move over to the point guard position and provide relief in spot minutes … Court vision isn’t exceptional, but shows great promise … Unselfish player who constantly looks to pass the ball to open teammates … Owns the gym rat attitude to develop and has been labeled a coachable player with a desire to learn … Huge upside, as he's only begun to scratch the surface of his potential …

Weaknesses: A tweener at his position by NBA standards - too short for the shooting guard and lacks the mentality for the point … This could effect his standings with NBA personnel as combo guards with shooting guard tendencies are very hard to convert and don’t have a high success rate … Can become turnover prone when pressured heavily … A streaky perimeter shooter in every sense of the word … This prevents him from being able to consistently use pull-up jumpers from mid-range … Tries too hard going for the spectacular play where he can get a little wild in the open court … Attempts to force driving to the basket when his jump shot isn’t dropping … While he has three point range he’s much better with his feet set rather than having to shoot off the dribble … As a point guard prospect he lacks exceptional court vision and doesn’t always do a good job of analyzing the opposing defense … His shooting struggles and makes him a prime candidate for issues with effectiveness in a half court set … A player with his exceptional level of potential should be considered a high risk high reward pick …

Matthew Maurer - 5/28/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 UCLA

36

45.7

40.9

54.8

0.4

0.0

0.8

0.7

3.4

2007-08 UCLA

39

46.5

33.8

71.3

1.6

0.2

3.9

4.3

12.7

DIV I Totals

75

46.1

37.2

63.4

1.0

1.0

2.4

2.6

8.2

 

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Strengths: Randolph is an excellent runner of the court for his size … Defensively, he has all the physical tools to develop into an elite defender on the next level … Possesses soft touch to convert shots around the basket … This fluid athlete is an excellent finisher in transition where his length allows for impressive moves … Top notch ball handler who can take opposing defenders off the dribble from the perimeter … This also gives him the ability to ignite fast break opportunities after rebounding the ball … Defensively, his mobility and long arms give him a shot blocking presence when providing help defense … Good rebounder out of position … Offensively, Randolph shows signs of a nice perimeter shot 14 feet from the basket … Improved his free throw tremendously during the season thanks to the refinement of his shooting mechanics … Owns a good looking turnaround jump shot when posting up … Creates a decent amount of contact when he takes advantage of the mismatches his versatility provides … The ability to create off the dribble and long strides creates opportunities for him separate from his defender on drives to the basket … Has loads of potential and is far from touching the ceiling off his development … Possesses the court vision needed to see the floor and the unselfishness to pass … Size for the small forward position is at a premium, even on the NBA landscape … Lateral quickness is excellent for his size which enables him to stay in front of most forwards and guards with few issues …

Weaknesses: Doesn’t always play up to the level of his talent - too often Randolph seems content to coast during games … Body remains undeveloped and will need some work in the strength department … This sometimes effects him greatly where he isn’t able to absorb contact and finish without ending up on the floor … Unfortunately, his body structure suggests that additional weight gain may be difficult for him to keep on … Although physically better suited for the small forward position, his skills are a mix of both forward positions with no real skill set needed to effectively play either position … Examples of this are his back to the basket moves which remain in need of work and his inconsistent perimeter shooting … Can shoot questionable shots and forces shots that are not to his advantage … To his credit some of this was due in part to LSU’s injuries this year - there were times when he took too much responsibility on his shoulders, which lead to turnovers … Still learning the game when it comes to decision making and court awareness … Lacks any real consistency to be successful shooting three point shots right now … Loses focus and sometimes confidence - when his performance isn’t living up to his standards he must fight through … Struggles to establish position on post-up moves when the mismatch is in his favor … Wavering intensity level has dogged Randolph since high school which has led some to question if he takes plays off …

Matthew Maurer - 4/1/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2007-08 Louisiana St.

31

46.4

10.5

69.3

1.1

2.3

8.5

1.2

15.6

DIV I Totals

31

46.4

10.5

69.3

1.1

2.3

8.5

1.2

15.6

 

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2003-04 Kansas

33

47.5

40.7

66.7

0.7

0.6

3.6

0.8

11.3

2004-05 Kansas

30

40.4

33.7

68.0

0.8

0.7

3.8

1.4

10.1

2005-06 New Mexico

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2006-07 New Mexico

26

44.1

30.1

59.0

0.8

0.5

6.5

2.3

15.8

2007-08 New Mexico

33

51.6

33.3

58.6

1.4

1.2

8.8

3.1

16.3

DIV I Totals

122

46.1

34.7

63.2

0.9

0.9

5.7

1.9

13.3

 

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Strengths: Has the NBA size and, most importantly, the athleticism for the power forward position … Runs the floor exceptionally well for a player his size … Has the body type to add necessary weight without sacrificing any athleticism … Shooting touch from mid-range is decent 15 feet from the basket … Solid finisher in transition or around the basket where his length and leaping ability allow for impressive finishes … Defensively, he shows great promise blocking shots with his long arms, explosiveness and mobility … Has shown great improvement passing the ball, which was below average in the beginning of the season … Has shown some developing post moves with a decent looking jump hook and turnaround jumper … Ball handling ability enables him to get the ball on the perimeter and gain separation to drive to the basket … Uses his length and athleticism to snare a good portion of rebounds out of position … Has the physical traits that should prepare him for good development in the post with soft hands to catch passes and smooth foot work that enables McGee to maintain balance … Moves well laterally, which allows him to provide great help defense … May have the most upside in the entire draft, which speaks of how far he is from his ceiling …

Weaknesses: Physically, McGee must continue to add more upper body strength and weight to his body … Because of this he seems to struggle to establish position when attempting to post-up … Doesn’t do a good job of getting his body wide - guards will often have to lob difficult passes over the defense to get him the ball … Must focus on boxing out when rebounding in his area, as he can get outworked by players when he has the physical advantage … This often makes him a liability to recover offensive rebounds, which is regarded by most as the game's most important aspect for a big man … Offensively, his back to the basket moves are raw and remain a work in progress … When blocking shots McGee’s timing needs work as he tends to bite on fakes with some regularity … Will be a project for a team drafting him as he is clearly still learning the game’s nuances … Defensively, he doesn’t do a good job denying post position and simply allows his man to gain space without any disruption … Poor free throw shooter that lacks a routine and has a habit of looking at the ball during his release instead of focusing on the rim … McGee doesn’t know his limits as a player, which can be frustrating when he attempts shots that are beyond his comfort level … Seems to have problems with his confidence and currently lacks the mental toughness to fight through when things aren’t going his way ... Can get man-handled when he fails to match the physicality of power post players … Lacks the body strength to absorb contact and finish in traffic …

Matthew Maurer - 4/28/08


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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Nevada

33

60.0

66.7

47.1

0.2

0.9

2.2

0.1

3.3

2007-08 Nevada

33

52.9

33.3

52.5

0.8

2.8

7.3

0.6

14.1

DIV I Totals

66

56.5

50.0

49.8

0.5

1.9

4.8

0.4

8.7

 

 

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Strengths: Chalmers applies a good deal of defensive pressure on the perimeter with his long arms, quick hands and anticipation skills … These physical attributes allow him to aggressively disrupt passing lanes for steal opportunities … Owns a nice change of speed hesitation move to create space from his defender … Possesses legit three point range that he can make with regularity … Gets a decent amount of his passes off drive and dish situations … Flourishes in transition where his long arms and body control allow him to make great finishes … Quality rebounder for his size thanks to his long arms and toughness … Capable of stepping up for clutch plays in crucial moments … Possesses some point guard qualities in that he has a great feel for the game and is very unselfish with the ball … Team oriented player who will do whatever is needed for his team to be successful … Does a great job of moving without the ball … He often will run off screens for catch and shoot opportunities … Despite his aggressive defense he stays out of foul trouble and knows when to gamble as opposed to going after every ball … Dangerous stand still shooter who can pick an opposing team off from the perimeter when his feet are set … Quick release on his jump shot enables him to shoot with little time needed … Possesses a winner's attitude and plays the game with great poise ...

Weaknesses: Tends to make questionable choices on drives to the basket when his feet are off the ground … This often leads him to force difficult passes … Athletically, he is a quality athlete but is far from special for someone at his position … This can limit him at times when he has to finish in heavy traffic … Doesn’t possess a tremendous first step to gain separation from his defender … Despite his size, Chalmers hasn’t played nor displayed a great deal of point guard qualities … At his best he is a combo guard capable of playing both guard positions, but could clearly struggle with both roles in the NBA … Ball handling ability and court vision are not on par with other point guard prospects due to lack of experience and development … Can become a little too aggressive attacking the basket because he has a tendency to overpenetrate and force things … Defensively, Chalmers' lateral quickness could stand some room for improvement … Ability to run a team offense are huge question marks - while his production was great this past season, teammates Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins were clearly more responsible for running the offense and ball handling duties … Can be a bit turnover prone when heavy defensive pressure is applied … Shooting off the dribble from the perimeter is underutilized and, for the most part, inconsistent at times … He can be somewhat predictable offensively - opposing defenders often know that Chalmers' first option is to drive to the basket while shooting off screens is his second option - this speaks about his creativity in one on one situations … Potential for development is minimal as he isn’t going to grow by leaps and bounds …

Matthew Maurer - 6/23/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Kansas

33

44.5

37.5

78.8

2.7

0.2

2.2

3.8

11.5

2006-07 Kansas

38

49.1

40.4

77.0

2.6

0.4

3.0

3.3

12.2

2007-08 Kansas

39

51.6

46.8

74.6

2.5

0.6

3.1

4.3

12.8

DIV I Totals

110

48.6

41.8

76.7

2.6

0.4

2.8

3.8

12.2