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NBA Draft Profile: Klay Thompson

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Klay Thompson

6-7, 206 lbs.

College: Washington State

Class: Junior

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STRENGTHS: The son of former No. 1 draft pick Mychal Thompson, Klay is an excellent shooter who has NBA size and can handle the ball well. He will stretch defenses with his range, and can score off the dribble at a high level. He’s also a good passer, as he led the Cougars with 3.9 assists per game last season.

WEAKNESSES: Thompson was a huge recruiting coup for Washington State when he committed to Pullman three years ago, but the five-star recruit never led Wazzou to the NCAA Tournament. Granted, he didn’t have much help around him, but his career must be viewed as somewhat of a disappointment by Cougars fans. He did average 22.1 points per game last season, but never displayed that killer instinct that would allow him to flourish at the next level.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Kenneth Faried

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Kenneth Faried

6-7, 225 lbs.

College: Morehead State

Class: Senior

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STRENGTHS: Kenneth Faried is one of the few players in this draft who has a special talent that will allow him to be successful in the NBA. The boy can rebound. Faried has been in the top three in the nation in rebounding each of the past three seasons, and led the NCAA with 14.5 boards per game in 2011. He is physical, maniacal in pursuit of the ball, and routinely outmuscles taller players under the glass. He is an excellent defender, and led the OVC in steals his junior year. Faried could have a long NBA career as a Dennis Rodman-type player coming off the bench.

WEAKNESSES: He did average 17.6 points per game last season, but Faried will not be a big-time scorer in the NBA. He’s undersized for a power forward at 6-7, but there have been plenty of undersized players from small colleges who have excelled in the league. (See: Dennis Rodman). Not that Faried will be Rodman, but he fits the mold of a Carl Landry, Reggie Evans-type player.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com

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NBA Draft Profile: Marshon Brooks

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Marshon Brooks

6-5, 195 lbs.

College: Providence

Class: Senior

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STRENGTHS: Brooks grabbed national attention last season when he dropped 43 points on Georgetown in February and then followed that up with a 52-point masterpiece against Notre Dame two weeks later. The 6-5 guard lit up the Big East, leading the league in scoring at 24.6 points per game and trailing only BYU’s Jimmer Fredette nationally. He’s lightning-quick, has a great handle, and is one of the easiest scorers in the country. Brooks is a streaky shooter, but has terrific range and tremendous slashing ability, making him near-impossible to guard when he catches fire.

WEAKNESSES: Brooks is rail-thin, and will need to bulk up in order to stick in the NBA. He’s not a great passer, and questions remain about whether he makes his teammates better, although he didn’t have much to work with at Providence. Still, Brooks averaged more turnovers than assists last season, which means that he’s going to have to improve his decision making. He’s got the size to play 2-guard, but isn’t tremendously athletic, so he may have trouble finding his niche in the NBA.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com

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NBA Draft Profile: Marcus Morris

May 19, 2011 2 comments

Marcus Morris

SMALL FORWARD

6-9, 234 lbs.

College: Kansas

Class: Junior

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STRENGTHS: Marcus emerged as the best player in the Big 12 this past season, leading the Jayhawks in scoring at 17.3 points per game and pulling down 7.2 rebounds per contest. Morris improved every year he played in Lawrence, adding toughness and a refined touch that made him Big 12 Player of the Year in 2011. He is a solid passer, has an excellent touch around the rim, and can step back and knock down a 15-foot jump shot when necessary. Morris is one of the most versatile players in the draft and could play the 3 in the NBA if he can turn a solid jumper into a consistent weapon.

WEAKNESSES: Morris, like most of the Jayhawks, really struggled in the Elite 8 against VCU. He seemed to shy away from big-time moments, and wasn’t really an unstoppable, feed-it-to-him scorer in the low post. He showed moments of toughness, but isn’t powerful enough right now to excel at the power forward in the NBA, so where he fits in on a roster is going to be a question mark. If he can define his position at the next level by adding an NBA-range three-pointer or continuing to improve with the ball, Morris can be a successful small forward in the NBA.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com

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NBA Draft Profile: Josh Selby

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Josh Selby

GUARD

6-2, 183 lbs.

College: Kansas

Class: Freshman

STRENGTHS: Selby was an instant hit in Lawrence when he burst onto the scene with a 21-point, 5 three-pointer performance that pushed the Jayhawks past USC in his collegiate debut. Unfortunately for Selby, the Jayhawks still had 20-plus games remaining on their schedule. The 6-2 freshman had a rocky year at Kansas, marred by injuries and inconsistent play, and ended up scoring just 2 points in 15 minutes as the Jayhawks bowed out to 11th-seeded VCU in the Elite 8. Still, NBA scouts won’t forget Selby’s silky shooting touch, quickness, and upper body strength, all traits he showed as a high schooler before committing to Kansas.

WEAKNESSES: Whether it was due to injury or just trying to figure out the college game, Selby really struggled after his impressive debut in Lawrence. He hasn’t proven that he can run an offense, which is troubling because he will likely have to be the primary ballhandler in the NBA. He also seemed to disappear in big games, as he scored just 17 points in four games in the NCAA Tournament. Selby’s stock certainly isn’t as high as it was coming into last year, and he probably should have stayed another year at Kansas to address some of the issues he has raised in his game. Still, Selby should be a first-round pick in this depleted draft because he has the potential to become a solid NBA player.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Shelvin Mack

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Shelvin Mack

GUARD

6-2, 215 lbs.

College: Butler

Class: Junior

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STRENGTHS: Let’s see. Mack was the floor general and one of the key players on a Butler team that advanced to the National Championship game in back-to-back seasons. He knocked down big shot after big shot, and never shied away from the big time stage. Mack is a collegiate legend for his contribution to Butler, and always showed up when it counted the most. He played against big-time competition with everything on the line, and delivered for a team that was less talented than many of the goliaths it took down on its path to back-to-back appearances on collegiate basketball’s biggest stage.

WEAKNESSES: Although Mack was a money player, he wasn’t consistently great all season long. His shooting percentage in the regular season the past two years didn’t come close to his postseason numbers, and his points and assists per game were lower over the long-haul than in the NCAA Tournament. Mack is also small and not the most athletic player in this draft. Still, there are few rookies who can boast his type of experience in big games when they come into the league. Mack is tough,  crafty, and smart on the offensive side of the ball.  He’s also an accomplished defender. This kid just feels like a solid pro who will be in the NBA for years to come.

Player stats courtesy: www.cbssports.com.

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NBA Draft Profile: Jimmer Fredette

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Jimmer Fredette

GUARD

6-2, 195 lbs.

College: Brigham Young

Class: Senior

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STRENGTHS: Jimmer became a one-name sensation across America in 2011 because of his ridiculous range and scoring ability. He was the National Player of the Year, and led BYU to the brink of the Elite 8. He has incredible lift on his jump shot, and can score in a variety of ways. Fredette is a good ballhandler, an underrated passer, and has an incredible knack for making tough, contested shots. He is a unique, once-in-a-generation collegiate player who will have a place in the NBA because of his ability to score.

WEAKNESSES: Defense. Fredette is not very athletic, nor is he particularly quick. At 6-2, he’s going to have a very difficult time guarding 2’s in the NBA, and he’s not nearly quick enough to defend point guards. Fredette is a prodigious shooting talent and will draw comparisons to Stephen Curry, but they aren’t fair, because he is not the athlete Curry is. He will have a place in the NBA for years to come as a three-point specialist and possibly a Microwave-type bench scorer, but Fredette won’t be in the game when his team needs a big stop with seconds to go.

Player stats courtesy of: www.cbssports.com

Categories: 2011, NBA Draft Profiles