BREAKDOWN – Exciting Jazz Lineup Data

The injuries this year have made it very difficult to evaluate if the Jazz core is a group that can be successful. For example, Favors and Gobert have only played 15 games together. Trey Lyles hasn’t played with Derrick Favors since his rapid improvement. Today I have looked at combinations that involve Hayward, Hood, Favors, Gobert and Lyles.

To understand offensive and defensive rating remember this. League average rating is 102.5 (102.5 pts per 100 possessions) The best offense is the Warriors at 113 and the 5th best is Clippers at 105.2. The worst offense is Philly at 94 but anything under 100 is really poor offense or really good defense.

Team rating only 6 teams in the league are more than +4. Only 3 are above +6.

Here are the Jazz details.

Favors and Gobert have only played together in 15 of the Jazz 45 games this year. They have been on the floor 305 minutes.

With Favors and Gobert on the floor together the Jazz are +8.2 with an offensive rating of 108.8 and a defensive rating of 100.6 The 108.8 offensive rating would be 3rd best team in the NBA and the 100.6 defense would be 9th.
Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward have played 1026 minutes together this season. In those minutes the Jazz are -.3 with an offensive rating of 105.5 and a defensive rating of 105.8

When Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert are on the floor together the Jazz are +4.1 over 24 games and 494 minutes. The offensive rating is 109.7 and the defensive rating is 105.5.

When Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are on the floor together the Jazz are -.6 over 27 games and 557 minutes. The offensive rating is 105.9 and the defensive rating is 106.6.

When all 4 of the Jazz core pieces are together, Hood, Hayward, Favors and Gobert the Jazz have a +8.8 rating over 14 games and 247 minutes. An offensive rating of 110.2 and defensive rating of 101.3

This tells us that the 310 minutes that Hood, Hayward and Favors played with another big have been disastrous. In those 310 minutes the Jazz have been -5.9 per 100 possessions. Moreover, you will see below this group is good with Lyles so the 160 minutes Favors has played without Gobert or Lyles with Hood and Hayward have been catastrophic.

That leads to the Trey Lyles impact. The line-up of Hood, Hayward, Lyles and Favors has played 154 minutes together this year over 12 games and in those the Jazz are +5.3 with a 109.1 offensive rating and a 103.8 defensive rating. Only 5 of those minutes have come in January since Lyles has improved.

The line-up of Hood, Hayward, Lyles and Gobert has played 137 minutes together and the Jazz are +4.9 with an offensive rating 111.8 and a defensive rating of 106.9. 132 of these minutes have happened in January since Favors was hurt.

The Jazz core 5 pieces of Hood, Hayward, Favors, Gobert and Lyles have been incredibly successful when they are on the floor together. When the Jazz get solid point guard play and a deeper bench we could be in for a very exciting ride.

When Coach Snyder has a full complement of his roster the results are terrific. Moreoever, as the roster develops with more depth he will be able to put out more complete line-ups more often.

ADDTION – Alec looks really good as well.

Alec with Gordon, Favors and Gobert – 77 minutes 121 off rtg (insane) 107.5 defensive rating (not good) but overall +13.6

Alec with Rodney, Favors and Gobert – 68 minutes 119.3 off rtg (insane) 107 defensive rating (not good) but overall +12.3

55 of these minutes were with the lineup of Alec, Rodney, Gordon, Favors and Rudy. That line-up has an offensive rating of 124 and a defensive rating of 109. +14.8 overall.

This lineup has shot 57% when on the floor. Not sure if that is sustainable.


Compiled by Leif Thulin




Height:  6’6.75”

Weight: 203 lbs

Wingspan:  7’2.25”

Standing Reach: 8’6.5”

No Step Vert: 34.5”

Max Vert:  37”

Measurable Comps:  Kendall Gill (NBA Draft. Net)



What a body.  7’2.25 wingspan.  6’7 body.  203 pounds at 19 years old.   With a sweet stroke.   Used very little at Kansas in Bill Self’s point guard post centric offense.  Opening month of his time at Kansas was very rocky.  Not an incredible athlete but moves smoothly and could have a huge impact defensively with his length.  Has a decent handle.  Didn’t always look like he was playing hard at Kansas.   Grabbed 5 rebounds a game which is a lot for a wing and if he continues that in NBA puts him in elite category.    Have to decide if you believe he is waiting to explode once out of the shackles of Kansas or is all body no game.


Kelly Oubre is a man from Louisiana, forced to move because of Hurricane Katrina, moving to Texas, playing AAU basketball with the likes of Justise Winslow and Justin Jackson. Oubre at Kansas, was known as a good athlete, with an improving offensive game. Both his free throw and three point percentages are respectable. Using his combination of speed, size and strength, he could be a good two way player in the NBA. He is predicted to be selected in the lottery or a few picks below the end of the lottery.



Chad Ford: 14th

Draft Express: 14th

Sports Illustrated: 20th

NBA Draft Net: 19th



Minutes: 21.0

Points per game: 9.3

Rebounds per game: 5.0

Assists per game: 0.8

Steals per game:1.1

Blocks per game 0.4

Field Goal Percentage: 44.4%

Three Point Percentage: 35.8%

Free Throw Percentage:  71.8%



Spot Up Shooting:  29 of 81 (50% efg)

Post Ups:   NA

Isolations:  7 of 13 and went to line 17% of the time

P&R Man:  NA

P&R Handler:  8 of 31 and went to the line 31% of the time

Jump Shots:   31 of 89  (49%)

Around the Rim:  35 of 66 (53%)

Catch and Shoot:  25 of 70  (54% efg)

Catch and Shoot Open:  8 of 19 (63% efG)

Jump Shot off the bounce:   6 of 18

17 feet to 3 point line:   3 of 4


Compiled by Leif Thulin




(Kevin O’Connor’s 2015 NBA Draft Guide)

Height:  6’6”

Weight: 206 lbs

Wingspan: 6’8.25”

Standing Reach: 8’6.5”

No Step Vert: 27.5”

Max Vert:  34.5”

Measurable Comps:  Klay thompson (NBA Draft.Net)



Labelled as the best shooter in the draft in a league desperate for shooting.   However, what else does he do?  As the youngest player in the Draft there is a lots of room for improvement.   With all the talent at Kentucky it is hard to tell if he was limited to his role because of what surrounded him or because he is limited.  If he is a just a shooter then taking him in the top 12 is a huge stretch.   He shows some off the bounce game but the college numbers are not good in this area.  He has decent measurables.  Opposing teams went at him defensively whenever he was on the floor.   He has a perfect release and terrific form on his shot.  Has been schooled well by former NBA dad.



Devin Booker is an intriguing prospect because of his lack of playing time on a loaded Kentucky team, featuring 9 All Americans. Booker is known for his shot, shooting 41.1% from three and 82.8% from the strike. Booker projects to be a mid to late lottery selection, even with his full array of skills not being shown at Kentucky. Booker, although known for being a shooter posted good results in the combine, with a 10.22 second lane agility time, 2.75 second shuttle run and a 3.28 second ¾ quarter court sprint. His main knock is being a poor finisher at the rim, but at only 18. he still has time to mature physically into his body, and put on some weight in order to compete better at the next level physically.



Chad Ford: 9th

Draft Express: 9th

Kevin O’Connor’s guide: 18th

Sports Illustrated: 8th

NBA Draft Net: 14th



(Draft Express)

Minutes: 21.5

Points per game: 10

Rebounds per game: 2.0

Assists per game: 1.1

Steals per game: 0.4

Blocks per game 0.1

Field Goal Percentage: 47%

Three Point Percentage: 41.1%

Free Throw Percentage: 82.8%


ADVANCED NUMBERS  (I will take care of these)

Spot Up Shooting:  50 of 122 (58% efg)

Post Ups:   NA

Isolations:  3 all season

P&R Man:   NA

P&R Handler:   2 for 7

Jump Shots:   72 of 178 – 41% (58% efg)

Around the Rim:  11 of 20

Catch and Shoot:   52 of 126 41% (58% efg)

Catch and Shoot Open:   25 of 51 (69% efg)

Jump Shot off the bounce:   19 of 51 (38% efg)

17 feet to 3 point line:  14 of 25

DRAFT BREAKDOWN – Stanley Johnson



MEASURABLES ( Kevin O’Connor’s guide)

Height:  6’7’’

Weight: 242

Wingspan: 6’11.5”

Standing Reach: 8’6’’

No Step Vert: NA

Max Vert:  Na

Measurable Comps:  Kawhi Leonard and Ron Artest (NBA Draft.Net)



Great body with super athleticism.   Dominated Sam Dekker and Norman Powell on the defensive ends in games that I watched.  Strangely, the athleticism doesn’t transfer over to the offensive game.  Very little lift around the basket.  Has a really hard time finishing at the rim.   Handle isn’t good enough right now for a dribble drive game.  Played against zone in two of the games I watched and is much better against a man where he can use his strength.  Has a nice touch on his jump shot though at higher volume it is unclear how it maintains.  College shooting numbers are great as you will see below



Stanley Johnson has been recognized for his tenacious defense and combination of speed and brute strength. At Arizona, Johnson was used as a wing, attacking the basket, playing stellar defense and developing an outside shot, as he probably will be used the same way at the next level. Johnson projects to be a mid to late lottery pick with the potential to be a force in the NBA.



Chad Ford: 10th

Draft Express: 10th

Kevin O’Connor’s guide: 9th

Sports Illustrated: 10th

NBA Draft Net: 10th



(Kevin O’Connor’s Guide)

Minutes: 28.4

Points per game: 13.8

Rebounds per game: 6.5

Assists per game: 1.7

Steals per game: 1.5

Blocks per game 0.4

Field Goal Percentage: 44.6%

Three Point Percentage: 37.1% (ESPN)

Free Throw Percentage: 74.2%


ADVANCED NUMBERS  (I will take care of these)

Spot Up Shooting:   47 of 105 (59.5% EFG)

Post Ups:   5 for 11

Isolations:   18 of 46  (41% efG)

P&R Man:    NA

P&R Handler:   20 of 45 (49% efg)

Jump Shots:   65 of 148  (58% efg)

Around the Rim:   42 of 96  (44%)

Catch and Shoot:   35 of 80 (65% efg)

Catch and Shoot Open:   23 of 54 (63% efg)

Jump Shot off the bounce:   26 of 53 (54% efg)

17 feet to 3 point line:   5 of 14


Complied by Leif Thulin




Height:  6’9” (with shoes) 6’7.75” (without shoes) (Draft Express)

Weight: 219 lbs (Draft Express)

Wingspan: 6’11.5” (Draft Express)

Standing Reach: 8’10” (Draft Express)

No Step Vert: 25.5” (Draft Express)

Max Vert:  34.5” (Draft Express)

Measurable Comps:  Gordon Hayward (NBA Draft Net)



Terrific system player at Wisconsin.   Love wing player with high level of toughness. Biggest college strength was finishing around the rim. Biggest college weakness was shooting.   Hard combination to take to the next level.  Plays very hard and that is a skill.   Has the size to guard and play multiple positions in the NBA.   Made plays on the college level.   Understood his abilities and used them well.   Solid passer in the movement based system of Wisconsin.   Shooting numbers in college are concerning for his ability to be a threat in NBA



Sam Dekker is a player who has won from youth into highschool, and then the NCAA, losing in the final four two years in a row. Sam Dekker grew up in Sheboygan Wisconsin, winning a state championship under his father at Sheboygan Lutheran. After losing a heartbreaker to the Julius Randle led Kentucky Wildcats in the 2014 final four, he vowed to get another shot at the final four, and in route to the final four, and even through it,  he played his best basketball, averaging 19.1 points per game, leading his team especially down the stretch in games of the tournament, until losing to Duke in the National Championship game.



Chad Ford:  17th

Draft Express: 16th

Sports Illustrated: 18th

NBA Draft Net: 12th



 (Draft Express)

Minutes: 30.6

Points per game: 13.9

Rebounds per game: 5.6

Assists per game: 1.2

Steals per game: 0.5

Blocks per game 0.5

Field Goal Percentage:

Three Point Percentage: 33.1%

Free Throw Percentage: 70.8%


ADVANCED NUMBERS  (I will take care of these)

Spot Up Shooting:  51 of 132 (51% efg)

Post Ups:   25 of 44 (57% efg)

Isolations:   19 of 35 (54% efg)

P&R Man:   NA

P&R Handler:  13 of 31 (50% efg)

Jump Shots:   58 of 176 (47% efg) — that is 33% overall

Around the Rim:  107 of 151 (71%)

Catch and Shoot:  40 of 125 (48% efg ) — that is 32% overall

Catch and Shoot Open:   12 of 36 (50% efg)

Jump Shot off the bounce:   18 of 48 (48% efg)

17 feet to 3 point line:   5 of 19




(Draft Express)

Height:  7’0.75”

Weight: 231 lbs

Wingspan:  6’11”

Standing Reach: 9’1.5”

No Step Vert: NA

Max Vert:  NA

Measurable Comps:  Nenad Kristic  (NBA Draft. Net)



Great college player who will have a big adjustment to the NBA.  At Wisconsin, had the ball in his hands a lot.  The offense was built for him.  Will have to adjust to being a complimentary player in the NBA.  His pure shooting numbers are great.  He is crafty with the ball and is able to handle and pass well for a 7 footer.  Plays low to the ground.  Struggled badly in the post whenever guarded by NBA length. Plays at a methodical pace will be interesting to see if speed of NBA game takes away a lot of his skills.  Will never be an impact defensive player instead will need to learn how to be viable defensively.  



Frank Kaminsky emerged as a bonafide star during the Wisconsin run to the final four, before losing to Kentucky in the semifinals. Returning for a senior year, Kaminsky improved, becoming the Naismith Player of the Year and John R. Wooden ward. Kaminsky once again helped bring his team to the final four, only to be thwarted by Duke. Kaminsky has the tools to be a lottery pick, as he is projected to be by most experts. Kaminsky’s stock will be dependent on his ability to adjust to the NBA’s three point line, which is three feet farther away from the basket than where he shot 41.6% in college. This transition will be key to his draft selection since his position in the NBA will be the highly valuable stretch four.



Chad Ford: 13th

Draft Express: 10th NA

Sports Illustrated: 6th

NBA Draft Net: 19th



Minutes: 33.6

Points per game: 18.8

Rebounds per game: 8.2

Assists per game: 2.6

Steals per game: 0.8

Blocks per game 1.5

Field Goal Percentage: 54.7%

Three Point Percentage: 41.6%

Free Throw Percentage:  78.0%


ADVANCED NUMBERS  (I will take care of these)

Spot Up Shooting:  33 of 82  (51% efg)

Post Ups:   74 of 138 (51% efg)

Isolations:  29 of 55 (54% efg)

P&R Man:  27 of 62  (56% efg)

P&R Handler:  12 of 19 (63% efg)

Jump Shots:   52 of 129  (57% efg)

Around the Rim:  103 of 152 (68%)

Catch and Shoot:   42 of 94 (67% efg)

Catch and Shoot Open:  17 of 37 (69% efg)

Jump Shot off the bounce:  7 of 26 (27%)

17 feet to 3 point line:   3 of 10



Compiled by Leif Thulin

TREY LYLES, Kentucky


Age: 19

Height w/ shoes:  6’10.25

Weight:  241

Wingspan:  7’1.5

Standing Reach:  9’

No Step Vert:  NA

Max Vert:  NA

Measurable Comps:  Josh McRoberts (via draft express)



Power forward who makes plays.  Won’t wow you with his athleticism, but he is consistently making plays.  Had to play much of the season at Kentucky out of position as a small forward.  Will be a 4 in the NBA.   Good passer, with a solid handle.  Strong post moves that can beat someone on a switch.   Has not shown the ability to shoot the 3 but was solid in mid range shooter.   Has a decent off the bounce game.  Defensively is very solid but isn’t a high flyer.  Very similar to Patrick Patterson when he came out of Kentucky.  Brandon Bass is another solid comparison





Trey Lyles played for the 38-1 Kentucky Wildcats, starting every game once Alex Poythress tore his ACL. Lyles came into Kentucky as the sixth ranked recruit in the nation, playing alongside 9 All Americans everyday. Trey Lyles projects as a late lottery to mid 1st round pick. He was a strong defender in college, both at the three and the four. Weighing in at 6’10” and 241 lbs, Lyles should be able to play the four in the NBA, and maybe even the three if he can improve upon his three point shooting and speed.


McDonalds All-American

Indianapolis Player of the year

Born in Saskatoon, Canada

Originally committed to Indiana and then decommitted and went to Kentucky

Played for Canada at U19



Chad Ford:  11th

Jeff Goodman:   15th

Draft Express:   15th   NA

Sports Illustrated:   14th

NBA Draft Net:  8th

CBS Sports:  15th

SB Nation:  NA



Minutes: 23.0

Points per game: 8.7

Rebounds per game: 5.2

Assists per game: 1.1

Steals per game: 0.5

Blocks per game 0.5

Field Goal Percentage: 48.8%

Three Point Percentage:  13.8%

Free Throw Percentage: 73.5%



Spot Up Shooting:  36.4 EFG%  (26-77)

Post Ups:    50%  (12-24)

Isolations:  1 for 9

P&R Man:  only 9 possessions

P&R Handler:  only 3 possessions

Jump Shots:  39.1% EFG

Around the Rim:   67% – very high number

Catch and Shoot:   33.7 EFG%

Catch and Shoot Open:   45.2 EFG %  (13-31 overall) (3 of 21 guarded)

Jump Shot off the bounce:  47% EFG (45.5% overall)

17 feet to 3 point line:   40% (16 of 40)




DRAFT EXPRESS (April 22nd 2015)

Lyles has excellent size and length for a power forward, measuring 6-10 in shoes, with a strong 235 pound frame, and a huge 7-3 ½ wingspan. He is a fluid and mobile big man, but not overly quick or explosive, lacking a degree of athleticism that may limit his long-term upside to a certain extent. He’s done a good job of working on his body over the past 18 months, as he has struggled in the past with his conditioning level, but has worked hard to maximize his physical tools after looking somewhat out of shape in the past.


Lyles has a very nice skill-level for a player his size. Showing advanced footwork and very soft touch, he’s strong enough to make some plays with his back to the basket, something that wasn’t a featured part of his game at Kentucky, but he’s nevertheless capable of. He finished 50% of his field goal attempts in the post according to Synergy Sports Technology, and drew a free throw on 25% of his possessions on top of that.


He also shows nice potential as a ball-handler on the perimeter, being capable of attacking his man off the dribble smoothly driving in either direction, mixing in crafty spin-moves with strong body control and choppy footwork, and often finishing with a floater or using the glass with his soft touch. While he’s not overly quick, his strong frame and solid timing and patience helps, and as he goes back to playing at the 4/5 spots like he did earlier in his career, he’ll have even more of an advantage taking opposing players out on the perimeter.

Another area NBA teams will likely try to learn more about is Lyles’ potential as an outside shooter. He was somewhat of a mixed bag at Kentucky in this area, only converting 4 of his 29 3-point attempts (14%) on the season, and 32/87 jumpers (37%) overall according to Synergy


Lyles has a good feel for the game and is a solid passer, not turning the ball over very frequently as well. His basketball IQ shows up with his ability to crash the glass, where he posted 3.2 offensive rebounds per-40, despite seeing heavy minutes on the perimeter. He’s been a solid rebounder throughout his career—aided by his huge wingspan, as well as good timing and soft hands—and should continue to hold his own here in the NBA despite his average athleticism and the fact that he’s not overly physical.


Lyles is somewhat of a divisive prospect among NBA scouts. He has some very obvious tools, with his size, length, high skill-level and strong feel for the game, but wasn’t overly productive (15.5 points, 9.3 rebounds per-40) or efficient (55% TS%) in college, which is easy to understand due to the circumstances. Power forwards who aren’t great perimeter shooters, athletes or shot-blockers are not the most en vogue players in today’s NBA, so he’ll have to be drafted into the right situation with the understanding of what his strengths and weaknesses are to reach his full potential. Nevertheless, only being 19 years old, time is clearly on Lyles’ side.


From DraftExpress.com



I have seen Lyles at his best around the basket. Ultimately, his skills will fit better in the NBA as a face-up power forward with the skill to hit midrange jumpers and, ultimately, the ability to score around the basket in the NBA. His size, athleticism and game remind me of David West at Xavier, although West played all four seasons there before heading to the league.

Lyles has the size and body frame to score around the basket, although he is not an explosive athlete. In fact, while he made 74 percent of his shots around the basket this season, his game is often based on guile and intelligence. He is an up-and-under guy who will not be able to score over length early in his career. Watch how many times he double-pumps while in the air around the basket.



I’m a big Lyles guy,” one scout said. “Watched him a bunch in high school. The Kentucky thing is helping a lot of these guys, but we’d be talking about him higher if he was on a team that really ran things through him. He’s not a crazy athlete or anything, but he’s bigger than you think and just knows how to play. He’s a power forward in the NBA and once he’s in that position, everyone’s going to like him. If you get him in the middle of the draft? You got a steal.”



(Draft Express)
Height: 6’11.5”
Weight: 239 lbs
Wingspan: 7’4”
Standing Reach: 9’4”
No Step Vert: NA
Max Vert: Na
Measurable Comps: Chris Kaman (NBA Draft.Net)

Incredible body for a 19 year old. Does not move naturally. Has been working on his running all off-season. Has an amazingly soft touch on his shot for a man this big, but shooting numbers are not great. With 9’4 reach gets to balls that others can’t impact. Slow laterally going to have a hard time covering pick and roll and getting back to man and on switches until his footwork improves. Drafting the body and the touch.

Myles Turner is a big man, able to play either the four or five, capable of stretching the floor and hitting shots from three. Myles was the last major recruit of the class of 2014 to decide where to play their college ball. Turner decided to stay at home and play for the Texas Longhorns. The longhorns had the advantage of big man depth, causing the disadvantage for Myles’ growth as a player in terms of minutes played, coming off the bench, playing behind, Cameron Ridley and Connor Lammert. As a player, Myles Turner has all the potential in the world, relying on his sweet stroke, shooting an astounding 83.9% from the free throw line.

Chad Ford: 9th on bigboard
Draft Express: 13th 13th
Sports Illustrated: 13th
NBA Draft Net: 13th

Minutes: 22.2
Points per game: 10.1
Rebounds per game: 6.5
Assists per game: 0.6
Steals per game: 0.3
Blocks per game 2.6
Field Goal Percentage: 45.5%
Three Point Percentage: 27.4%
Free Throw Percentage: 83.9%

ADVANCED NUMBERS (I will take care of these)
Spot Up Shooting: 12 of 47 (efg 36%)
Post Ups: 45 of 95 (47%)
Isolations: 5 for 13 (39%)
P&R Man: 7 for 18 (efg% 47)
P&R Handler: NA
Jump Shots: 24 of 78 (41% efg)
Around the Rim: 40 of 64 (63%)
Catch and Shoot: 18 of 63 (39.7% efg)
Catch and Shoot Open: 14 of 39 (51% efg)
Jump Shot off the bounce: 2 for 7
17 feet to 3 point line: 5 for 16

2015 NBA Draft BREAKDOWN – Devin Booker

Games Watched: Kentucky v. Louisville, Kentucky v. Notre Dame, Kentucky v. Arkansas and Kentucky v. Wisconsin

OVERALL: 18 year old son of former NBA player Melvin Booker. Known primarily for his shooting. Great stroke both off the bounce and catch and shoot. Has athletic ability but not overwhelming. Smart play who does little things that shows his understanding of the game. Coach Calapari showed great confidence in him early in the season in big moments giving him minutes. Terrific ball mover and passer. Sees plays before they happen.

Will Be Solid Pro If ….. Makes shots. Thought of as best shooter in the draft. Scored on 1.17 pts per possession on spot ups. One of the best in the college game. EFG% was 57.8%. On unguarded shots he was deadly at 68.6 efg%.

Will Struggle as Pro if … all he does is make spot up shots. Teams went at him on the defensive end and he had a hard time handling it. May not be athletic enough to handle the defensive responsibility in the NBA. In addition, had a hard time getting free off picks to get his looks at times on the college level. Speed of NBA game could reduce his ability to be a shot maker. Off screens he didn’t shoot well on the college level his EFG% was 43.2%. Off the bounce he shot just 37.3% and 38.2 efg%.

2015 NBA DRAFT BREAKDOWN – Kelly Oubre Jr.

Games Watched: v. Kentucky, v. Baylor at Big 12 Championship and v. Wichita State in NCAA Tournament

Age: 19 years old won’t turn 20 till December of rookie year

Measurable: 6’7 203 pounds. 7’2.25” wingspan and 8’6.5” standing reach. No Step Vert 34.5 and Max Vert 37.

Numbers: 21 minutes a game at Kansas. Averaged 9 pts on 7 shots a game. Shot 44% and 36% from three. Grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 1 assist a game. Also had 1 steal a game.

Locke Take: Young long left handed wing player. Plays a smooth game. Has a solid handle and shoots the three comfortably. Doesn’t make a large impact on the game. Large part of this, is how Bill Self uses his wings. Remember how little Andrew Wiggins did last year. However, in the three games I watched I never saw a special athletic play. He never made a play where he was superior talent wise. Nice player with an array of talents. Good show and go game off the three point line and was under control making the next decision. Used mostly as catch and shoot player and hit on an efg of 54% of catch and shoot. Shot just 33% off the bounce. No NBA talent jumped out. Length is his best attribute. Has a nice feel for the game defensively. He shades correctly and understands defensive aspects of the game. Does a good job on the pick and roll guarding the ball handler. Plays too much of the game passively. Never saw him assert himself on a game or a play. Playing hard is a skill he will need to attain. So young needs to and will be much stronger.

College Game Impact: Very rarely played in any space. Had a few chances to handle in the pick and roll. Only ran 42 pick and rolls as the ball handler all season. Anytime he went to the basket it was crowded. Perry Ellis was focus of offense down low and Mason dominated ball on the top.

Will be good pro if .. if his shot can be consistent has nice length to be able to get it off. If he spaces the floor well he will be able to play off the bounce and make plays in the lane with the shot or the dribble. Length will give him chance to be good defensive player and he understands the game and where he is supposed to be on the floor.

Will not have a good career if …. He doesn’t play harder. Was a passive player at Kansas. Needs to get stronger to be able to play with contact and make plays on 50-50 balls. Might not be a good enough athlete. Might not be that good a shooter. On spot up chances in college he hit on just 29 of 81 for (36%). Most of those were threes.